October 30th, 2012

Elementary Excellence: Ascension

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Elementary Excellence: Ascension
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Ascension is in the spotlight this week

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.

The Ascension athletic program personnel changed at the top at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. Steve Spears is in his first year as the Ascension boy’s athletic director and is excited to be leading the Ascension program.

“Ascension offers a unique athletic experience for our student athletes,” said Spears. “Due to our perfect size we are large enough to offer more sports programs than a smaller school can offer, yet we are small enough to keep our team sizes manageable to where our kids receive ample opportunity to get quality game time experience.”

Over 90% of the Ascension students play a sport and Spears feels that it’s important to have a boys and girls athletic director.

“We have a new athletic board this year,” said Spears. “This includes me and Christy Colish, our Girl’s Athletic Director, which I feel brings a balanced approach to our programs. While I am comfortable managing the boys’ sports, I feel that it is important to have a female perspective for the girl’s programs.”

Spears, his co-chair Christy Colish, and the new athletic board want to ensure that their students balance their academics with athletics.

“I’m a school dad and Christy is a school mom so we understand the importance of managing the times of our athletes between their chosen sports and school work,” said Spears.

Yet, even with all the new faces that have taken over Ascension, Spears acknowledged that some familiar faces will continue to guide them along the way.  

“We have several members of our athletic board who have been involved with Ascension for more than 10 years,” said Spears.  “With their experience, they provide the board with great insight and guidance on issues we need to deal with.”

Throughout the years, Ascension has built up a lot of pride and Spears seeks to continue the proud Ascension tradition.

“This year we are looking to build upon the proud tradition of Ascension sports while adding new teams in the K-2 grades,” said Spears. “We have entered four teams in the K-2 league sponsored by St Gabriel.”

St. Martha is in a partnership with Ascension and Spears loves the relationship that the two neighboring schools have.

“We continued our successful relationship with St Martha in football and cheerleading,” said Spears. “They have been great to work with and our relationship is a true partnership of a neighboring parish. Our volleyball and basketball teams all competed strongly and advanced in their respective tournaments.”

Spears believes Ascension will continue their winning tradition during the 2012-2013 school year and with the new CSAA realignment, he believes that Ascension will have even more success.

“With the new divisions the CSAA has created,” said Spears. “It provides smaller schools an opportunity to compete on an even playing field. I’m very excited for the upcoming basketball season and I feel we should have very competitive teams in both boys and girls basketball this year.” 

Most kids follow the roots of their parents in their adult age, Spears is the same and says that his want to become the Ascension AD comes from his parents and siblings.

“It’s in my blood,” said Spears. “I learned the importance of being involved with your parish from my parents. My mother and father were very involved with our school and its sports programs when I was growing up. My older brother coached football for many years and my sisters coached many sports including cheerleading when they had no children involved. This includes when they were in college, when they had kids in school and long after their kids graduated from grade school.”

While winning is important to Spears, he wants his players to play fairly and be respectful whether you win or lose.

“Good sportsmanship, a desire to win and to excel,” said Spears. “Fair play, humility and to be equally as honorable in winning as well as defeat.”



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