May 20th, 2014

Hyland's Heroes: Bill Hileman

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Bill Hileman
Bill Hileman and his daughter Katie / photo provided by the Hileman 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.

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Bill Hileman came to Kentucky in 1984 to work for a family owned business in Shelbyville, KY.  In 1993, he met his future wife Elizabeth and married in 1994. In 1996, they were given the blessing of a lifetime when they adopted their daughter Kathryn (Katie). 

Growing up, Bill has always enjoyed sports, but his lifelong passion is golf. He also enjoys coin collecting, gardening and most of all, University of Michigan football.

1) When and how did you get your start with Assumption High School?  Why so?

In the fall of 2011 Katie started high school at Assumption. She made the freshman field hockey team, and I volunteered to be one of the Team Parents. I had been involved with most of Katie’s sports through her time at St. Margaret Mary as a coach. When Katie decided to try Club volleyball at MAVA, I was a Team Parent. I found myself drawn closer to my daughter as she used sports to grow.

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

The initial person that got me involved in volunteering my time was Leigh Ann Fuller, the volleyball coordinator at St. Margaret Mary. She had a need for a coach (that was not my daughter’s team) and I could not say no. I had always observed how dedicated she was with the kids, and I was inspired to give of my time to the students. 

After five years of coaching volleyball at St. Margaret Mary, it was almost natural to answer the call by Bobby Blair in the spring of 2012 to help form a Booster Club at Assumption High School.  It felt like an outstanding project.

3) What sports did you volunteer to help and for how long?

I coached volleyball for five years at St Margaret Mary. Katie was on three of those teams.

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

I am a converted Catholic. As I went through RCIA, I spent many hours thinking about my faith and how I would share it in the community. I found that I the time I spent coaching them was very worthwhile. I had a great feeling of community each season.

5) Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career?  Why? 

Joseph J. Solomon, former owner of LEDCO, Inc., a door manufacturing company that was once located in Shelbyville, KY.

Joe was the person who brought me to Kentucky and the reason I moved 330 miles in 1984 was because of the respect and admiration I had for the man while working as for the CPA in the late 1970's. He was a very giving person. I learned more about being a good person from Joe, and I tried to follow that path in everything I do.

6) What are your major themes/principals as a volunteer?

Do on to others as you would expect them to do on to you. I volunteer my time at Assumption because I truly want to give of my time to the student-athletes. I believe that participation in sports gives a unique perspective on life.  I just want to help a school like Assumption provide that experience by giving of my time.

7) What does your role at Assumption High School bring to you and your family?

As Treasurer of the Booster Club, I help run the Concession Stand at The Greens, Assumption’s new sports complex. My entire family has joined together many times to work the concession stand. It draws us together.    

8) What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?

The fondest experiences I have had with my volunteer time is the opportunity to meet so many wonderful parents and their children. There are so many excellent coaches and staff at Assumption. It is inspiring to watch them give of their time to the students.  And I am always so grateful to see so many caring parents to take the time through their own volunteerism or attendance at their children’s sporting events.


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