June 19th, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Kevin Hoffmann

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Kevin Hoffmann
Photo from Kevin Hoffman

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.

Kevin Hoffman is a volunteer with Holy Trinity Parish School. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Debbie, for 28 years.  They have three children, Kinsey, a junior at the University of South Carolina, and 14-year-old twins, Griffin and Avery, who will attend St. Xavier and Sacred Heart Academy in August. In Kevin’s free time, he enjoys watching his kids' sports teams, playing golf and traveling.

When and how did you get your start with the CSAA? Why so? Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

My first year of coaching in the CSAA was in 2005 when my oldest daughter played field hockey for Holy Trinity in 5th grade.  I began coaching then because we had enough girls playing that year to have two teams.  Since the other coach and I had been coaching the girls since kindergarten at the YMCA, it was an easy decision.  She took one team and I took the other.

What sports are you involved in and for how long?

My start in CSAA was in field hockey in 2005, but since then I have been involved every year.  I coached field hockey, basketball and volleyball for my older daughter.  For my younger daughter I coached soccer and field hockey.  For my son I coached soccer, flag football and tackle football.

What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to young student athletes?

Our faith asks for our time, talent and treasure.  Giving of my time is very enjoyable.  I love connecting with the kids and watching them grow from kids to young adults.

Who is the most influential person on your volunteer role? Why?

I would have to say my wife was the biggest influence on me regarding my volunteering.  My job entailed lots of travel when my kids were young so she wanted me to spend more time with the kids when I was home.  Sports were the perfect connection.

What are your major themes/principles as a volunteer?

My most important themes are respect and teamwork.  I want all my players to respect their teammates, coaches, opponents and officials.  No showing off and no talking back. Secondly, I want them working together as a team.

What does/did your athletic role at the school bring to you, your family?

My role brings me closer to my family.  Sports are an awesome way to connect with each child individually and then for the whole family to watch the games and root for each other.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have a volunteer?

It's hard to narrow down the fondest memories.  All the kids have been on teams that won city championships and those memories will never fade.  I'm most proud of my current field hockey team.  They have won three straight CSAA Field Hockey championships and are going for their fourth this month.  In addition, they have won three straight public school championships.  During the last four years, the girls have only lost two games and have won every tournament they have entered.  This group has been exceptionally special, and I look forward to watching all of them move on to high school and continue their careers.



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