December 20th, 2017

Hyland's Heroes: Matt Stull

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Hyland's Heroes: Matt Stull
Matt Stull and family / photo from Stull family Facebook

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. If you have a suggestion for Hyland’s Heroes, feel free to email Conor Revell (crevell@catholicsportsnet.com).

Matt Stull is on the St. Margaret Mary athletic board and is this week’s Hyland’s Hero.

When and how did you get your start with the athletic program?

I coached my first team at St. Margaret Mary back in 2012. That was when my oldest daughter played fourth grade basketball and I have served on the athletics ministry board at SMM since 2014.  

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

The Book of Proverbs says "train a child in the way she should go, and when she is old she will not depart from it." That can apply in a small way to sports as we show children the best ways to practice and play. It really applies to life.  As coaches, we set examples in how we deal with success and failure, how we work with others, and most importantly how we try to follow the example of Christ each day.

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

My wife is my greatest inspiration. She has been a Catholic educator for more than 20 years. She is always going above and beyond the norm... trying new and different ways to inspire and get the most out of each child. I try to follow that example in my work with athletics.

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

I was a bench-warmer on my high school baseball team (only 11 at-bats during my senior year). That helps me empathize with those young people who still want to participate... but may not have as much athletic talent as others. I strive each day to ensure a good experience for each child no matter the level of competition.

What does your role bring your family?

They would probably say that I spend too much time on the phone or the laptop :). Seriously, though... St. Margaret Mary has afforded me the ability to spend some wonderful time coaching my daughters. My children know that it is important to put in time helping others and sharing your talents. 

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

When my oldest daughter was in 6th grade, I helped coach her basketball team to a city championship. Someone sent me a video they shot of the final seconds of the championship game. Before she celebrated with her teammates, my daughter jumped into my arms. As a dad... it doesn't get much better than that.

 

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