September 13th, 2012

Hyland's Heroes: John Greive

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: John Greive
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Busy family man keeps up with kids through coaching and mentoring

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

John Greive wears a number of hats at St. Raphael. Contributing time as Assistant Athletic Director might be considered a part time job, yet he also shares his coaching gifts with the young boys there as the 4th grade football coach. 

John grew up attending St. Barnabas elementary and St. Xavier High School where he played both football and tennis. Now married to Stacy, they are the parents of Sydney, a sophomore at Assumption; as well as Jessie and Tucker, students at St. Raphael. Because John’s children are actively involved in cross country, volleyball, basketball, field hockey, soccer and baseball he could be kept running in circles; however, it seems he has found a great way to be with them and at the same time display his “Dad and Coach hat.”

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

I started coaching my oldest daughter in kindergarten soccer because they were looking for coaches.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?   

I think they just sent out an email looking for coaches

What sports did you coach and for how long?

Soccer K - 4; Basketball 5-8; Football 3-4

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

It is my way of contributing to the church.

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

I had a number of good coaches when I was growing up in grade school and high school. From Coach Glaser at St. X to my football coaches with the Hikes Point Lobos.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?   

I want the kids to have a good experience and learn something about the sport they are playing and teamwork.

What does coaching bring to you, your family? 

It is an enjoyable way for us to spend time together.


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

It is all worthwhile when the parent comes up and tells you how much their child enjoyed the season.


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