March 19th, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Sean Rafferty

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Sean Rafferty
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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.

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Sean Rafferty has been the St. Margaret Mary athletic director for only nine months, but has been coaching for a lot longer than that.

He and his wife Beth have been married for 17 years and have three sons. Their oldest Connor is a sophomore at Trinity. Andrew is in seventh grade and Owen is in third grade, both attend St. Margaret Mary.

When Sean isn’t busy dealing with activities at St. Margaret Mary, he enjoys golfing, and spending time with family.

When and how did you get your start with the CSAA? Why so? I became involved 10 years ago when my first son started to participate in CSAA sports

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? I volunteered to coach and discussed with Mark Crush who was our President at the time.

What sports did you coach and for how long? I’ve been coaching basketball for 10 years, baseball for seven years, and I’ve been an AD for nine months.

What's the connection with your faith and giving your time to young student athletes?  I view my role to teach players not just to be good athletes but to be good Christians since that's the most important thing.

Who was the most influential person on your coaching career? My father, he got me interested in sports from a young age and was supportive through my development as an athlete.

What are your major themes/principles as the Athletic Director? I take the vantage point of whatever decision I make is in the best interest of our children and parish.

What does your athletic role at the school bring to you, your family? It’s a definite challenge with time constraints but it shows my family the importance of committing to help the Church and kids of our program.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have as the Athletic Director? This past basketball season was my first season as an AD. I was able to witness two of our teams win city championships.  I got most excited seeing the joy and excitement in the kids after winning. It was such a precious moment.



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