March 10th, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Nancy Buechler

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Nancy Buechler
Nancy Buechler helps out with the SHA cross country team / file photo by Conor Revell

Nancy Buechler volunteers for the Sacred Heart cross country team. But her path to becoming a Valkyries was a little difference.

While her family is Catholic, she attended public schools in Louisville. Nancy attended Hikes Elementary, Myers Middle School and Seneca High School as a freshman in 1976. Sophomore year, she was bused to Central High School, and elected to stay, and continued on to graduate from Central in 1980.

Nancy and her husband Joe started coaching cross country and track at Holy Spirit and stayed for five years.

When her oldest daughter Julia started attending Sacred Heart, Nancy became involved with the cross country team.

When and how did you get your start with Sacred Heart Academy? Why?

My oldest daughter, Julia, entered Sacred Heart Academy in 2010 and was a member of the cross country and basketball teams. The coaches were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I enjoyed helping them in any way I could. The students were fun to watch as they grew and improved over the years.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Coach Rick Heim, the cross country coach, first approached me about being the cross country team parent due to my prior cross country experience. Additionally, my husband, Joe Buechler, was a two time state champion for Saint Xavier and went on to run for Auburn University.

What sports or activities do you coach or contribute to at school?

Cross country.

How long have you participated in it (them)?

I ran cross country and played basketball in high school. Being involved in athletics and attending my high school games to watch all my classmates compete was a big part of my life.

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

The Sacred Heart cross country team has approximately 75 members and having active team parents is important. The job entails everything from organizing fundraisers to paying for our long distance trips to cross country meets to organizing team bonding events and meetings to keep parents and students informed.

Who was the most influential person to you that taught you to serve, coach or give time to the school? Why?

Coach Jerome Henderson was my cross country coach at Central High School from 1977-1980. I was not the best runner but he made me feel important and valuable to the team. In spite of having hundreds of high school kids from all over Jefferson County being thrown into a strange new school, he made our team fun and successful.

What are your major themes/principals as a volunteer?

My goal as a parent volunteer is to include all the team members in the decision making processes. The students are involved in the fundraising options, team bonding events and the t-shirt/ uniform designs and decisions.

What does your role at Sacred Heart Academy bring to you, your family?

One of the most gratifying things about being involved with the school is watching the girls grow from hesitant freshmen into strong senior leaders.

I love being involved with the tradition of Sacred Heart Academy. I have made lasting friendships with the staff and students and look forward to continuing to help in the future long after my daughters have graduated.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have during your role at Sacred Heart Academy?

One of my fondest memories is hosting the cross country t-shirt tie-dye party 3 years ago. I had 80 brightly colored, individual, artistic t-shirts hanging on lines in my back yard and garage to dry for 24 hours. Another favorite memory would be the 2014 State Championship the cross country team won at the Kentucky Horse Park. There were some very happy girls that day!



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