January 22nd, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Anne Limberg

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Anne Limberg
The Limberg family / photo provided by the Limberg's

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.

There is always a “feeling” that a high school state champion carries. It is a memory that lives inside for the rest of one’s life and it’s re-exposed every year at tournament time, whether they are still playing or not. If they are willing to try to share that moment with others, one of the best outlets is to teach and coach young athletes via your own experience. This I might suggest; is what we see in Anne Limberg today.

Growing up in Dearborn, Michigan, Anne participated in sports at Divine Child Elementary and High School. She was drawn to basketball and softball during that time and participated on their state basketball championship team. Moving on to college at Saint Mary's in Notre Dame, Indiana, she continued her basketball career and still holds the season record for most three pointers made. Clearly you will see that she gathered a bountiful amount of knowledge from these experiences - and had a most interesting college coach to inspire her

Now married to her husband Brian, they are parents to two boys, Derek and Shane, as well as their youngest, daughter Courtney. The boys have a broad interest in sports to keep the family busy, and their daughter has “special needs” which require much of their time. However, even with a work schedule and having lived in Louisville for only 10 years, both Brian and Anne have made time to volunteer coaching and teaching in baseball and basketball. St. Mary School has found a unique and highly qualified woman to share her gifts with their young boys’ athletic program.

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

Our sons have been playing organized sports for Saint Mary Academy since first grade.  I have helped with their baseball and basketball teams over the years.  This is my first season as the head coach for the boys 5/6 B basketball team.  My son, Shane, is on my team.  My husband, family, and friends suggested coaching would be a great way for me to share the fundamentals that I’ve learned about the game.  We agreed this was about the right age group for me to coach, so I volunteered.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

I helped the 5/6 Boys B coach last year and really enjoyed working with the kids.  Our Basketball Program leader, David Morgan, asked if I would take on a head coaching role this year.  I hesitated due to the time commitment required.  I work full-time at General Electric as an Information Technology Director.  In addition, my husband and I have a medically fragile 7 year-old daughter who requires a tremendous amount of medical attention and care.  My husband coaches our sons in baseball during the spring, summer and fall.  But, my love for the game, my desire to be involved with my sons’ activities and my desire to volunteer influenced my decision to take on this head coaching opportunity for the winter.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I have coached basketball on and off for many years.  Prior to having children, I coached a 10 year-old girls’ team in Connecticut.  Since having children, I have helped coach our sons’ baseball and basketball teams.  I also continue to play competitive basketball in an all-women’s league here in Louisville.  This is my first year as the head coach for a CSAA team.

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

I bring the Catholic values with which I was raised to my coaching. I love teaching the kids about playing together as a team.  I constantly tell them that we break a press by passing to each other, not dribbling on our own down the court.  I try to keep the practices disciplined and focused.  I expect my team to treat the coaches, officials, opponents and teammates with kindness and respect.  Being on my basketball team is a lot like working together at work, at school or in the community:  work hard, play as a team, stay positive, show respect, and of course, have some fun.  Although I have many demands on my time, I appreciate the opportunity to try to inspire the kids and be able to give back to the game as did so many of my own coaches.

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

I had an amazing basketball coach in college who taught me so much about basketball fundamentals, team work and resilience.  His name was Marvin Wood.  He coached the 1954 Milan High School basketball team in Indiana.  This was the team from the small school that won the state title inspiring the movie “Hoosiers”.  Coach Wood spent his retirement years coaching us at Saint Mary’s College.  Sadly, he was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo a bone marrow transplant during my sophomore year.  He fought through it and came back strong to coach again my junior and senior years.  He was truly an inspiration.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?  

In addition to values such as respect, hard work and positive attitude, I focus on basketball fundamentals and team work.  We spend a lot of time in practices working on basic fundamentals such as passing, ball handling, boxing-out and rebounding. 

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

Being a head coach this year is challenging for our family because of the time commitment, but I really enjoy coaching and look forward to every practice and game.  My son, Shane, who is on my team, asked me the other night if I would coach him again next year.  That means a lot to me and is the reason I am coaching.

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

The best part of the experience is the extra time it allows me to spend with my sons and bond with them through a sport that we all love.  I did have a humorous experience this year.  I had signed our 5/6 Boys team up for a Jamboree game.  I received the time and location.  We were working hard to get ready for the game, and then, unfortunately the other team cancelled.  When I spoke to the Jamboree organizer, he said he would get another game lined up against a different 5/6 Girls team.  I laughed and quickly corrected him that we were a boys’ team.  He apologized and said he had assumed it was a girls’ team since I was a female coach. 



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