December 21st, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Jeff Lotz

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Jeff Lotz
The Lotz family / family provided by Jeff Lotz

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. 

St. Stephen Martyr’s Jeff Lotz is the subject of this week’s Hyland’s Heroes feature. He coaches multiple sports at the school located in Audubon Park.

When and how did you get your start with SSM?

I was a student athlete at St. Stephen Martyr and have always wanted to give back to the SSM community that I belong to.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

My father in law ask me to help coach the fifth and sixth grade boys volleyball team

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

I coached the fifth and sixth grade boys volleyball team for two seasons. I have coached cross country for five years. I have coached intramural basketball, soccer, and volleyball for five years. I helped coach track for one year. I am in my second year of helping third and fourth grade boys basketball.

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

I believe it's important to teach kids about good sportsmanship and hard work.

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

My mom has been the most influential person to me . She was a coach herself and always taught her players how to work hard and respect their opponents.

What are your major themes/principles as a volunteer?

I coach my student athletes to work hard, be good teammates and respect their opponents.

What does your role at SSM bring your family?

My family is proud to be a part of the SSM community.

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

My best memories of my time as a volunteer are when my student athletes become better not only as athletes but as a person. My role as a volunteer helps bring a sense of accomplishment and pride to my family. 


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