June 12th, 2013

Hyland's Heroes: Sara Wolford

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Sara Wolford
Sara Wolford (right) and Peggy Corley (left) / photo from Sara Wolford

Bonds develop in girls’ and women’s sports. Sara Wolford and Peggy Corley exemplify this phenomenon. The CSAA kicked off its spring Field Hockey season recently, and after 10 seasons of working with Peggy, Sara now serves as Our Lady of Lourdes’ coach with her long time friend’s daughters assisting. Peggy has now moved on to retirement, but their bond endures.

Sara Wolford grew up attending St. Francis of Assisi, graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and proceeded to Florida State - finishing with a Masters degree from U of L. She is married to Moe Wolford and they are the parents to Matt, Mitch, Mason and Annie – who will soon be moving on to high school. Sara enjoys tennis, softball, golf and volleyball these days. Whether she follows Peggy’s footsteps into retirement, time will tell, but she carries many bonds of friendship with the girls she has worked with over the past 10 years and continues to be active and committed to coaching the sport.

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

I started coaching Field Hockey in 2003. Our Lady of Lourdes needed a coach and when I was asked if I would coach, I accepted.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

When I was the parent to four small children I was at lunch one day with a group of women. I was sitting next to Peggy Corley, who has since become my close friend. We were in a conversation about playing field hockey in high school and one of the moms said they needed field hockey coaches at OLOL “and you and Peggy would be perfect.” We were hesitant to commit because of the time, but it proved to change both of our lives. Peggy, who has five kids, has since seen all three of her girls play field hockey for OLOL.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I currently coach field hockey (in my 10th year); and coached basketball for three years and volleyball one year. 

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

One connection to giving my time to young student athletes happened when a former player asked me to be her confirmation sponsor. At the time my dad was very ill and I was hesitant to commit. I did agree and it turned out to be the best experience to go through confirmation with her. God has a plan and provides opportunities for us; I am thankful I agreed to be her sponsor because it strengthened my faith at a time when I needed support.

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

The most influential person has been my dear friend and co-coach Peggy Corley. She retired last year after her third daughter graduated 8th grade. I am now coaching with two of her daughters, Megan, 20, and Sarah, who is 14. Peggy’s faith has been a guiding force for me to model after. And I have often seen her compassion for others displayed.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?  

We promote hard work and commitment to the team, no matter what your skill level may be.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?  

My boys were all involved in many sports at OLOL and my husband coaches as well. I believe it is better to lead by example, and I hope my children witness me giving back to others; and that they will model that behavior.

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

My fondest memories are of all the young girls I have coached over the years, and the friendships I’ve made. I have seen field hockey grow as a sport for many young women and I’ve watched these girls excel and increase in their self-confidence. Other fond memories are three field hockey championships, and one basketball championship.  


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