February 4th, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Buddy Sipes

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Buddy Sipes
Buddy Sipes' team / photo provided by the Sipes 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.

Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero”? Send your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Buddy Sipes grew up in the proud community of Pewee Valley where he attended elementary school at St. Aloysius. He attended Trinity High School and from there he continued his higher education waving the RED TOWEL at Western Kentucky University. Throughout this time he enjoyed playing basketball and softball.

Buddy is now married and is the father to one son. He and his wife Tracy, along with son Bryce, who is in the sixth grade, have fully enjoyed their time spent in the sports interest of Bryce: basketball and cross country. The opportunity to work with and coach his son has been meaningful to Buddy and Tracy.

As a family the Sipes’ have given time and talent – let alone the treasure of knowledge – to assist where needed at St. Michael School.

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

I began coaching basketball when my son, Bryce was in first grade and have coached ever since.  Bryce is now in sixth grade. I started coaching for the love of teaching and seeing the kids begin to learn and understand the game.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

My son played soccer in Kindergarten and I was asked by the head coach to help.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

Coached baseball for four years and basketball for six years so far.

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

I enjoy being involved and giving.  It is very rewarding to share what you know.

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

My Dad. I watched Pop coach the game and always was impressed with the knowledge and understanding he possessed.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach? 

Understanding the game within the game. There’s more than one aspect to the game and the more understanding they have the more enjoyment and success they will have.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

It’s a family event.  Everyone is involved in the entire process of planning strategy and coordination of events. It’s fun to be involved together as a family.


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

Since I’ve coached a number of years, I’ve enjoyed watching the kids learn and develop an understanding of the game.  It’s rewarding when I go to a school function and kids recognize and still call me coach.



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