July 13th, 2012

Elementary Excellence: St. Mary of the Knobs

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Elementary Excellence: St. Mary of the Knobs
photo from Candace Shireman

New athletic director will instill same Hawk ideals, values

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.

As St. Mary of the Knobs in Southern Indiana looks to start the 2012-2013 school year, Sean Hyde looks with excitement to start his role as the new AD.

“I have two boys that play sports right now,” said Hyde. “I’ve coached basketball for years, and last year I was up for the committee so it just seemed logical (to take) the AD role.”

Hyde, who played sports at Our Lady of Providence High School and then in college said his work at the school with the athletic program is a winning opportunity for him.

“I think I’m pretty knowledgeable in lots of different sports, and I’m very organized which I think is critical for the director’s role to make sure things are turned in on time and accurate,” said Hyde.

Hyde is excited to use the relatively new activity center (opened in 2010) for the upcoming year.

“It’s an excellent facility where we can hold two volleyball games or basketball games at a time, so it really makes it nice. We recently added a football field and we started a flag football mini league last year, so we have lots of space. We are really trying to utilize as much as possible,” said Hyde.

Hyde, who follows Candace Shireman as athletic director, has an athletic background and determination to lead the Hawks. He will compete in his first Ironman Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in August 2012.

And Shireman says she is excited to see where the school’s athletics go with Hyde leading the way.

“Sean fits the roll for athletic director,” said Shireman. “He is very enthusiastic and excited, and that roll definitely fits who he is as an individual.”

The Hawks enjoyed several different victories in the 2011-2012 school year including the 2012 Track and Field Deanery Champions with the 100M, Softball Throw and 4 x 100 Relay Team.

In addition, Shireman sees the basketball program leading the way in popularity at St. Mary of the Knobs.

“This past year we had more basketball teams as a whole than we ever had before. The third through sixth grades had nine teams total for the year,” said Shireman.

For St. Mary of the Knobs offering school to pre-K through sixth grade, Shireman and Hyde want to see participation continue to show itself on the courts and fields.

“We are looking to get some kind of evaluation system implemented at the school as we start to have multiple teams. We’re looking to make sure that we have a fair process documented in place for evaluation. That’s one of the major goals. As an athletic department, everything is running well. We basically have the same committee as last year, we are just in different roles so it’s a pretty easy transition. There’s not a lot that needs to be changed at this point.”

In the transition to new leadership, the love for the Hawks remains the same. The same enthusiasm for athletics can be heard with definition from Shireman, as well as Hyde.

Said Hyde: “The teachers do a great job, the administration does a great job, and it’s a tremendous school. When we moved back, we knew we wanted to send our boys to a Catholic private school, and St. Mary of the Knobs was the closest. It’s only three miles from my house. As we got to know the people, we couldn’t be more happy with the school.”


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