It’s been 10 years since the doctors and nurses at the Methodist Women’s Hospital saw triplets that didn’t spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit, but that stretch is over. Traci and Tahner Thiem became parents on Jan. 11 to three healthy babies: Tayden Dake, Tyce Sanderson and Tierani Lennyn.
Tahner, coach of the David City wrestling team, missed two meets to be with his wife in Omaha. They were the first meets he has missed as a head coach, but at least, he said, he had a good reason.
The day after the babies’ arrival, Thiem wanted to know how his team was doing at the Butler County Triangular. He really didn’t mind that he couldn’t connect to the online live stream. The Scouts captured the annual showdown with East Butler and Aquinas.
“It was weird not being there and trying to follow it on the computer. I tried to log into the stream but it wouldn’t work,” He said. “I think it would have been too difficult to watch it live.”
The oldest son Tayden Dake Thiem was born at 11:20 a.m. followed quickly by his brother Tyce Sanderson at 11:21 a.m. Both were given middle names from NCAA champion wrestlers.
Tayden was named after Kyle Dake, a four time NCAA Champion from Cornell University. Tyce was named after Cael Sanderson, also a four time Champion from Iowa.
Tierani Lennyn was named because her mom loved the names.
Parenting has been tiring so far, but York wrestling coach Chad Mattox had advice for Thiem. “You’ll be fine my friend. You’ll find another gear,” he said. And those words have been ringing in Thiem’s ears. “Having kids puts things into a difference perspective and it is changing how to look at things,” Thiem said. “I think this will give me more patience as a coach.”
Thiem and the David City team have seen a lot of success in the past few years. He said he doesn’t expect to spend any less time with his wrestling family. The community has poured out support for the Thiems and many have offered to help out any time. Thiem is planning to call in a few favors to help him keep working.
“I don’t want anything to change with my job. Traci and I talked about this and coaching at David City is too important,” Thiem said.