June 13th, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Jackie Vanetti

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Jackie Vanetti
The Vanetti family / photo provided by Vanetti 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. 

The Vanetti family is actively involved with Holy Trinity School, not only does Tony coach at Holy Trinity but his wife Jackie does as well.

Jackie Vanetti was born and raised in Louisville and attended Male High School. She graduated from the University of Louisville and has been married to Tony Vanetti for 17 years.  Jackie and Tony have two children, John who is 13, and Maggie who is 10. Jackie is a Lighting Specialist for Lester Sales.

When and how did you get your start with Holy Trinity?

I knew I wanted my children to grow up in the Catholic Church and so I decided to do RCIA in 2004. It was about that time Tony and I joined Holy Trinity.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

I immediately became involved when my children started school, it was a great family atmosphere and there were many opportunities in the Parish and the school to be involved. I first became a coach when a parish member asked me to coach third grade Field Hockey. My daughter Maggie was starting to play and I had played in high school so it was a good fit.

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

I have coached and still coaching field Hockey and girls and boys volleyball, this is my 3rd year.

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

I think it is great to spend time with a child on the field and also get to know that child in another light at church.  Just knowing that they are building both faith and their athletic abilities is inspiring.

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

There is not one individual but all the working women at Holy Trinity who give up their personal time to help to create an example for the girls and young women we coach.

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

Treat others with respect and enjoy what you are doing.

What does your role at Holy Trinity bring your family?

It brings me time with my children. I am a working momma so this is time I can spend with them that I would otherwise not be able too if I was not coaching.

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

I have a lot of them, but my most favorite is when our Field Hockey team beat Holy Spirit in the Crimson Clash last summer. They were so tired and hot and they came together and pulled out a great victory. It was my daughter’s first time as Goalie and I was so proud of her for blocking the shots and playing hard.


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