October 11th, 2012

Hyland's Heroes: Mark Wesley

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Mark Wesley
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Volunteer has put in 16 years of coaching through four sports

The following feature is a part of a weekly series, sponsored by Hyland, Block & Hyland, called "Hyland's Heroes" - a set of profiles that will spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports. Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero”? Send your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Mark Wesley grew up attending Guardian Angels and St. Raphael grade schools; then he attended both DeSales and Butler for high school. As a student he participated in football, basketball and baseball. Mark has served St. Athanasius for the past few years as Athletic Director and worked very hard for the school’s teams as well as maintaining their outdoor facilities. Recently widowed, Mark continues to work diligently for the St. Athanasius, along with parenting his children, Ty and Jenna, who are actively involved in their own sports: baseball, football, field hockey, basketball, softball and even cheerleading. Mark remains a dedicated and busy man taking on the coaching of the school’s 6th grade football team and building other athletic programs for his “school kids” along the way.

When and how did you get your start with the CSAA? Why so?

1992.  I just enjoy being around the sports

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

I just started doing it - nobody really asked or invited me.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I coached football from 1992 -2000, then I took a break and came back into it again in 2005 to present. I’ve coached softball and baseball for 7 years; and now I can add basketball for 5 years

What's the connection with your faith and giving your time to these young student athletes? 

It’s an opportunity to contribute to my parish and because I love being involved with younger generation it’s rewarding to me as well.

Who was the most influential person on your coaching career? Why?

Fred Hall and Gary Heckell. Just from being around and learning from them I felt inspired

What are your major themes/principles as a coach? 

Academics first, faith and teaching young kids how to win along with accepting losing.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

For me, it is a joy in being able to teach young people, so it’s a good experience for both me and my kids together.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of coaching? 

Toy Bowls!


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