October 27th, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Justin Frye

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Justin Frye
The Frye family / photo provided by the Frye 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.

Justin Frye grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Coyle Cassidy Catholic High School before moving on to the University of Notre Dame where he studied Architecture and met his wife Anna (a Louisville native).

After graduation Anna and Justin started an eleven year adventure in the Air Force where he flew multiple aircrafts around the world.  

In 2011, after four states and the kids (and one more on the way), Justin and Anna finally put decided to move to Louisville, returning to the city Anna grew up in and close to her extended family. Now they have three children at St. Agnes and one following in a few years. 

When and how did you get started with St. Agnes?

Returning to Louisville we knew we wanted to be part of the St. Agnes community. Immediately, we understood that the success of any school or community, and therefore the success of the children, lies with the personal involvement and volunteerism of parents. So we jumped right in.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Unfortunately, I was not able to volunteer as much as I would have originally liked. My job as an airline pilot resulted in an ever changing schedule and many days away from home. But after the persistent emails from other parent volunteers and a little reflection I realized that there will always be an excuse and never the perfect time to coach or volunteer. So when the school really needed someone to lead the 5/6th grade B soccer team, I committed. I decided that for two months this would be my priority. And I never looked back and never regretted it.

What sports did or do you volunteer to help and for how long?

I volunteered to coach my son's soccer team. This was my first season and I look forward to coaching every year now.  My oldest son is in 6th grade and my youngest son is 3-yrs old with 2 girls in the middle. So St. Agnes has a soccer coach until 2027 if my math is right.

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

Sometimes you just have to dive in and commit to help prioritize your life. I never thought I had time to be a head coach and make it to every game and practice.  But when I made a commitment I realized it is possible. It's not easy but definitely worth it.  Coaching helped me realize the importance of being an active part of your community and not just a passive participant. The experience reinforced my belief that people are the heart of any community and especially in a faith based community you have to be engaged to help build and improve the experience for everyone.

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

My wife Anna is the most influential person in my volunteerism. If I ever lose focus or if life seems to be stagnant she reminds me to volunteer and just go help someone else. Even if it just something small like volunteering to scrape trays at school lunch.  And she is right every time. Volunteering helps keep life in perspective and is tremendously rewarding. She is an extremely active volunteer at St. Agnes.

What are your major themes/principles as a volunteer?

Have fun and set a good example. Kids are always watching and learning from you. For CSAA soccer the focus was working as a team.  CSAA sports provide an amazing opportunity to not only be competitive athletically but more importantly to have shared experiences with your classmates and hopefully lifelong friends. At the end of the day-win or lose-it is the experience that the kids will remember.

What does your role at St. Agnes bring your family?

I hope by volunteering I am teaching my children that you must be active and take responsibility for the success of your community.  And not only how they play sports but how they behave in the process. It is important to lead by example and I hope my children learn to give more than they take.

What are your fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?

My fondest memory is easily winning the CSAA Sixth grade B soccer championship. Winning was great but more importantly I am proud that the boys on that team had the opportunity to just play together and compete. I think win or lose the fact that the CSAA provides an opportunity for classmates to bond together through athletics is an invaluable experience. On to year two and hopefully another great season!


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