February 4th, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Greg Young

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Greg Young
The Young family / photo provided by the Young 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 toeditor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Greg Young was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. Greg along with his three older brothers attended St. Margaret Mary Catholic School and Trinity High School. Greg earned his degree from the University of Kentucky.

In 2000, Greg Young married his wife Jill, who attended Our Mother of Good Counsel. Greg and Jill Young have three children. Emily who is in the sixth grade (plays basketball, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball), Anna, a second grader (plays volleyball, basketball, and soccer) and their youngest Johnathan is five, attending preschool and already interested in golf.

When and how did you get your start with St. Albert ?

In 2009, we moved back home to Louisville after living nine years in Northern Kentucky. It was just in time for my oldest daughter to begin kindergarten. We chose St. Albert the Great for several reasons. At the time, my uncle, the late Father Ted Sans was associate Pastor at St. Albert and my brother's family and my wife's sister’s family were members of the church. Their children were already attending the school, so the decision was pretty simple. St. Albert was a natural and pretty perfect fit for our family.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

My brother Mark got me involved once my oldest was able to play sports. When we first joined St. Albert he had three children already involved in sports.  And respectively he was already coaching their football and basketball teams. Volunteering is something that my family has always done and it started with my dad coaching his four boys growing up. There is no better way to spend time with your own kids than coaching their teams.

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

It started with kindergarten soccer in 2009 and I started coaching basketball a few years later. I currently coach first/second grade and 5/6th grade basketball as well as assist with first/second grade soccer. My wife also assists with fifth/sixth grade soccer.

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

Coaching has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy the opportunity to work with kids. I started coaching at 19 for th Douglass Hills swim team. That evolved to the Eastern High School Head swim coach and an age group coach for the Triton Swim Team at Blairwood. Now in addition to St. Albert, I volunteer at Lyndon coaching two softball teams and assisting on a travel team as well. Our faith has asked us to give of their Time, Talent and Treasure, and that is what I am trying to fulfill as a volunteer at St. Albert.

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

It is hard to point out one person but I would have to attribute my volunteer career to my parents and family. I still remember spending time with my grandparents at St. Helen as they volunteered at the summer picnics or spending time on the baseball fields or basketball courts as my dad was an assistant on the teams I played on. Then as I grew older, I would watch my brothers coach my nieces and nephews in their sports. It is hard not to follow in the footsteps of the people you respect the most.

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

My two major principles as a volunteer coach are first, are the kids having fun and second, are they learning something about themselves or the sport they are playing. Kids play sports for two reasons, they want to have fun with their friends and learn. The best moments are when a player does something they have never done before like make a basket or score a goal. You immediately see the joy on their face and the self-confidence in their stature as they share that moment with their teammates.

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

My role at St. Albert has brought my family the opportunity to meet so many other wonderful families in our catholic community. St. Albert is a great parish and the perfect place to have your children receive an education and learn about their faith, all that starts and ends with the families of St. Albert the Great.

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

My fondest memory as a volunteer is and will continue to be our prayer after each game and practice. Once the prayer has ended, the team loudly caps the prayer off with: 'St. Albert the Great - Pray For Us.'


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