June 2nd, 2011

Elementary Excellence: Sacred Heart Model School

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer


Elementary Excellence: Sacred Heart Model School
photo from Sacred Heart Model School

New AD looks to expand sports opportunities

The following feature is a part of a weekly series called "Elementary Excellence" - a set of profiles that will spotlight Louisville area Catholic elementary schools and its athletic programs, teams, traditions and excellence in all aspects of sports. Do you want your school to be featured? Send us your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Keith Morgan, Athletic Director of Sacred Heart Model School since March 2011, says his short experience so far has been one of excitement.

“I’m very blessed to be there,” said Morgan. “I try to get involved and know the kids. I’ve been involved with high school athletics in the past; it’s different to be involved with the younger kids. I get to watch them develop and watch them come into their own. They discover their talents and get to move on.”

Morgan, who took the Athletic Director position just this winter, says as he works to develop the sports program, he is thrilled with resources for his student athletes.

“It’s hard to improve upon what we have in terms of facilities. Our gymnasium is right around two years old. It’s state of the art and very nice,” said Morgan. “Outdoor facilities we use include Brescia fields and also the field for the high school-Horton Field.”

Yet even with upgraded facilities, Morgan still has a few goals in mind for the future.

“We would like to broaden some of our sports offerings. As soon as I took over, I wanted to identify what we do well, and perhaps identify things we haven’t done as well to try to take that onto a different level.”

And as far as examples of improving, Morgan says he has a few specific ideas.

“We would like to possibly add lacrosse. It’s a sport that’s taking off especially in this area and there’s good buzz about it,” said Morgan. “We are working to have more consistency with our sports in terms of our coaches and continuity. We have tremendous support and interest particularly with the lower levels’ parents. They (the parents) are standing in line to help, and they want to see our programs thrive. Ultimately, we want the best possible coaches in place, and we want to support them.”

With a number of coaches (paid and volunteer), parent support and updated facilities, the student athletes have enjoyed success in various sports.

“We’ve had tremendous success in swimming. They won the last two years (2010 and 2011) and were runner up in 2009. The soccer teams, track and cross country have also shared in a lot of success,” said Morgan.

In addition to CSAA sports for grades 3-8th, Morgan added that the school enjoys the sports program for K-2 as well.

“We have clinic leagues for K-2. These include sports such as soccer, flag football, basketball and volleyball. We get the kids involved early here,” said Morgan. “The lower levels add a lot of excitement, and we have a lot of volunteers with those kids.”

With less than 400 students in the school, Morgan is energized by the participation of students in sports. He hopes to help move athletics forward to more success down the road.

Said Morgan: “I’m very impressed with the amount of kids participating in sports. I get calls daily from new students wanting to get involved. We have wonderful people and a staff here that value the whole educational experience, and we know the role athletics plays in that experience.”

 

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