April 22nd, 2014

Hyland's Heroes: Mike Peters

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Mike Peters
The Peters family / photo submitted by the family

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 editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Mike would best describe his family life as one that “centers around his beautiful wife and mother Marianne, and kids Caroline and Lillian”. Marianne and Mike were raised in the Catholic faith.

Marianne attended grade school and college in the parochial school system. Mike attended grade school, high school and college in the parochial school system. Mike and Marianne’s hobbies and interests are very similar to their parents’ hobbies and interests. Mike says, “Whatever our kids are in to, we are in to”. These hobbies and interests include swimming, basketball, soccer, cross country, track, and volleyball. Mike says, “We wouldn’t have it any other way!”

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

My coaching career in the CSAA started 12 years ago as a kindergarten soccer coach at Sacred Heart Model school which quickly expanded to Volleyball and Basketball as our children chose to play those sports.

2) Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Looking back as a child, I would say the reason I never hesitated to coach or be involved in the CSAA was the example that my parents instilled in our family growing up. My father (Kenny Peters), mother (Linda Peters), and sisters Kim, Kendra, and Kelly were always involved either thru coaching, leading the music at mass, communion ministers, working the bingo, or working the many events that centered around the church. It was a very big part of our lives growing up and my parents made sure that we were very involved.

3) What sports did you coach and for how long?

My coaching career in the CSAA started 12 years ago as a kindergarten soccer coach at Sacred Heart Model school which quickly expanded to Volleyball and Basketball as our children chose to play those sports. Growing up as a baseball player each sport brought a definite learning curve initially, but the uneasiness diminished quickly as I began to grow and truly understand what the CSAA was about.

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

It’s about developing and teaching our next generation sportsmanship, teamwork, and above all having a positive experience while you’re doing it. It’s all about the children and making them better as a athlete and a person.

5) Who was the most influential person on your coaching career? Why? (Could be a former coach, parent, teammate, spouse)

Although my father passed away five years before I started coaching, he was the most influential person in my coaching career. Growing up, I watched him spend all of his time outside of work supporting the church, community, and his family. He was a tireless, patient, kind person who always made time to help. This lifetime example of reverence and giving made it a simple choice for me to be involved also.

6) What are your major themes/principles as a coach?

The coaching principals I follow are fairly simple. We work hard on the fundamentals, we ask each of the kids to be very attentive, and above all have fun doing it. We don’t list these in any specific order, we try to incorporate a productive experience in both the practice and the games to make sure it’s about the children, their development, and a positive experience.

7) What does coaching bring to you, your family?

Coaching in the CSAA the past twelve years has been a great experience. Watching the kids make a basket for the first time, scoring a soccer goal, or win a swimming heat, feeling like you had some part of that development or improvement is why I coach. Giving back something that has been given to you is what the catholic community or the CSAA represents.

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

I would say the fondest memory that I have had in coaching is winning the 5th and 6th grade B-team basketball championship a couple of years ago.

We had a team of eight girls (all 5th graders) that were made up of soccer, field hockey, swimmers, and volleyball players. No child was a year round basketball player, but they were competitive.

The kids listened well and enjoyed being together. We won the first three games of the tournament to get to the final game and were informed that the final game would be played against one of the CSAA’s largest schools during winter break.

Three of our eight girls on the team had plans to be out of town. We played the game with only five girls, and ended up winning the championship by two points. It was a definite “Hoosier” moment. I will always cherish the time I have had coaching in the CSAA. The many memories will be discussed amongst our family for years to come.


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