December 23rd, 2014

Hyland's Heroes: Jamie Hagan

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Jamie Hagan
Jamie with his wife and kids / photo provided by the Hagan family

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.

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Jamie Hagan attended grade school at Mother of Good Counsel (now St. Mary Academy). After attending MOGC, Hagan attended Trinity High School and the University of Louisville.

He and his wife Amy have four kids – Katie (basketball), Paige (soccer), Taylor (soccer), and Sydney (volleyball) each play sports at John Paul II Academy.

Growing up Jamie played basketball and baseball. Jamie has taken his basketball knowledge to JPII where he has coached girls’ basketball for the last six years.

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

My oldest started basketball at John Paul II Academy in 3rd grade and I was asked to be the Assistant Coach. I enjoyed teaching the girls so much that I continued as the head coach for the same group of girls each year after.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?  

The person was the head coach and asked for help and I did so without asking a question.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I have coached girls’ basketball for the past six years.

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

I already contributed much of my time with the school in other activities however nothing gives me more of a fulfillment than coaching and mentoring young athletes. It helps them grow spiritually as well as teaches them the importance of working together as a team to reach their goals.

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

My own father was my biggest influence. He always made time to be there to coach and support me and my two brothers in our sports.

He was patient and no matter what the skill level was of the kids he coached, he would spend time to helping them achieve as much as they could. He was a mentor to many kids over the years in coaching and helped mold many athletes in being not just great athletes but good people.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?  

You can only succeed together as a team. You win and lose as a team and it is not a single player mentality.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

It can be tough juggling the many schedules that you have in your family life however it also brings you closer when you come to cheer on your family members at their sporting events.

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

There was a specific year that the girls’ basketball team only won one game close to the end of the year. Even with that they never got down on themselves and showed true team spirit in supporting each other every game.

You would have thought they had just won the city tournament when they won that one game. The joy that one game brought to them was an experience that makes you realize that you don’t have to win them all and still have a great season!


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