October 29th, 2014

Hyland's Heroes: Cres Bride

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Cres Bride
Cres Bride coaches in the CSAA / CSAA logo

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland Insurance. "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 editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Cres Bride: 6th grade Girls Volleyball Coach at St. Margaret Mary.

Perhaps you’ve heard the name or met Cres Bride. He has a long and extensive life in coaching various sports at St. Margaret Mary. This is something he has long been drawn to do. Plus, he’s not a one sport kind of guy. Chances are if you don’t know of him now, you may one day soon as your own child plays in the CSAA program

This fall Cres is working with one of the sixth grade girls’ volleyball teams at St. Margaret Mary. As a youngster growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio this is not a sport many played. Cres was active in soccer, baseball, track and hockey.

He attended Archbishop Moeller High School and James Madison University for his advance work. But his own children seemingly guided him into volleyball.

But he’s not just restricted to this sport. His children, Jordan, C J and Brennan have participated in multiple sports just like Cres did and volleyball was one of the sports they enjoyed so Cres jumped right in and volunteered.

Cres is a great example of the commitment to coaching fundamentals and values to CSAA teams. And, he has years of experience and knowledge to provide those who participate.

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

I attended a St. Margaret Mary Athletic Association meeting and volunteered to coach volleyball and soccer. I feel that God has given us all gifts to have a positive impact on our community. I was blessed with a love for working with kids.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Mark Crush, the Athletic Director at SMM, asked me to coach boys’ volleyball.
What sports did you coach and for how long?

I have coached soccer for 18 years at the YMCA and SMM; volleyball for 17 years at SMM, and baseball for nine years at St. Mathews and SMM.

What's the connection with your faith (stewardship) & giving your time to young student athletes?

I believe that we should all use the gifts God has given us to have a positive impact on our community. I remember receiving guidance from a number of great coaches who had a positive impact on my life. My grandfather was the Athletic Director of Montgomery County in Maryland and he devoted his life to coaching young men and women. At his retirement ceremony I saw how many people he touched in a positive manner and as a young man I wanted to follow his example.

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

My grandfather and namesake Cres Bride

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?  

At the first practice and throughout the season I always tell the kids I have 3 rules: 1. Have fun! Sports should always be, first and foremost about having fun. 2. On this team it is OK to make mistakes. We all learn by making mistakes. When kids realize they won’t be reprimanded for making mistakes they will always try hard and hustle. 3. Always act in a Christian manner towards your teammates and the other team.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

Coaching is showing my kids how to be a part of and volunteer for your parish. I learned from my grandparents and parents what a vital role the parish plays in the development of a family.

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

I love hearing from kids that I formerly coached. I recently received a note from a young man I coached for six years at SMM. He is now doing mission work in the Catholic Church and is thinking about becoming a priest. I couldn’t be more proud to have had the opportunity to coach such a fine young man.


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