January 13th, 2012

Elementary Excellence: SHMS Goes For Gold

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Elementary Excellence: SHMS Goes For Gold
photo from Shannon Weaver

Sacred Heart Model School shows success across the board

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.

In his first full year as athletic director at Sacred Heart Model School, Keith Morgan has seen tremendous success surrounding his athletic program in a variety of sports.

“In grades 3-8, we have 13 teams for girls and boys basketball,” said Morgan. “As it stands now, our 5-6 grade girls’ number one and two teams are undefeated and they are top seeds going into tournament play. One of those teams was city champs last year.”

Morgan credits a few key components to the victories he has seen not only on the basketball courts, but in every athletic venture.

“Our coaches are really committed to the kids,” said Morgan. And with our basketball coaches, they have great backgrounds in the sport, they are passionate about teaching the game, and our kids are very enthusiastic and extremely dedicated to do whatever needs to be done to finish out a great season.”

With half of the school year completed for the 2011-2012 season, Morgan says he is excited for the rest of the winter and spring sports to finish their seasons as well.

“We are getting ready for swimming. We were the 2011 swim champs last year, and we had our first practice this past Sunday,” said Morgan. “We have about 100 kids participating, and our coaches are Todd Allen and Jill Burckle. They are passionate coaches and we are looking forward to repeating a championship. Swimming is a highlight here at SHMS, and we are proud of it.”

Along with Morgan’s excitement for a competitive swim season ahead, he says a new sport for SHMS will also create hype around campus.

“We are starting lacrosse in the spring. We look to have more than 60 kids going to be involved and so it will be great for the school,” said Morgan. “ I feel like athletics is a part of the overall experience. My goal in my first year as athletic director was to have as much participation as possible. Also, we always want to teach the fundamentals and love of the game. Lastly, we want to be as competitive as possible throughout the city, and I think we’ve reached all of those goals.”

With more than 70 percent of the 380 students this year participating in at least one sport, according to Morgan, he says his goal continues to hold true moving forward for the rest of this year and beyond. And with participation high and Morgan aiming for it to be even higher, he says he can already reflect on great memories with the SHMS athletic department since spring of 2011.

Said Morgan: “We’ve had success with field hockey lately when they reached the finals (city championships). I don’t think they had been that far in recent years. And of course, we’ve done great with our basketball programs, specifically that group of 5-6 grade girls. I’m very proud of that. We are always striving for excellence at the Model School, and my goal here is to get more kids involved.”


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