May 2nd, 2013

Hyland's Heroes: Wes Faulkner

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Wes Faulkner
Sacred Heart Model School senior intermediate basketball team / photo from Wes Faulkner

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland, Block & Hyland. "Hyland's Heroes" is a series of profiles that 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

Wes Faulkner is going from “little to big” this year; he is coaching the young 4th grade girls’ team AND providing the mentorship for the Senior Intermediate boys program at Sacred Heart Model School. Wes has had a long association with the Model School and seemingly loves his time coaching there. Though the school is not directly connected to a parish, the families and students clearly create “community,” so when graduates from the school wanted to form a Model School Intermediate team a few years ago, the Athletic Director agreed that this was a worthy idea. This year Wes was secured as the adult to work with the team, thanks, in a way, to his son. Wes Faulkner has a joyful note of enthusiasm in his voice when he discusses these teams and his experiences working with them.

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

I began coaching when my oldest child, now a senior at St. Xavier, was in the 3rd grade

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

I volunteered to coach because I wanted to be involved with my kids and their sports.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

As the parent of five children it’s been an experience coaching each one of them in grade school basketball for the past nine years.

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

Being involved with the CSAA is not only a fun time, it’s a chance to teach kids the life lessons they will use in the years ahead.

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

Joe Guttman influenced me. Joe is a former co-worker who got me involved in coaching Special Olympics over 20 years ago. He is a remarkable person!

What are your major themes/principles as a coach? 

My coaching themes embrace the concept of sportsmanship and representing our school in the best way possible.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

Coaching my kids in the CSAA has created a special bond and quality of time that I never would have had otherwise.

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

Three weeks ago, my youngest child’s 3rd/4th grade team came from behind to win the last game of the season. We had only won 2 games this year and the girls really worked hard the last week of practice. They improved all season and every girl enjoyed playing on the team. Although our W-L record wasn’t so great, the season was a tremendous success.


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