February 2nd, 2017
Hyland's Heroes: Greg U'Sellis
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.
Greg U'Sellis is the athletic director at John Paull II Academy.
When and how did you get your start with coaching?
I started coaching years ago, early 90’s I guess. I started out as a HELPER to my Dad, coaching my little brother’s team. He asked if I might be interested and I was all for it!I
Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?
My Dad. He coached my grade school teams.
What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to student athletes?
I am a single Father and what coaching brings to my family is letting my daughter see first-hand what it means to set an example to others. Leading by example and hard work.
Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? Why?
My Dad was the most influential person on my volunteer career. He introduced me to sports in general and then on to coaching and teaching kids on the court.
What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?
As a volunteer, our coaches and program teach such principles as work ethic, team work, learning in success as well as in failure, hustle and respect for teammates as well as coaches and elders in general.
What does your role at your school bring your family?
I am a single Father and what coaching brings to my family is letting my daughter see first-hand what it means to set an example to others. Leading by example, and hard work.
What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?
One of the MANY memories I have in coaching happened when I was coaching a team for St. Martha. A small girl who had never played before was on our team. Her skill set wasn’t what the other girls were using and had learned. She struggled to get the basketball to the rim as well as other basic fundamentals all season long. She would get frustrated and often cry at practice. I and we as a team kept supporting her and pushing her……..Finally at our very last practice of the year, she got a pass during our offense drills , looked toward the hoop, did ALL the things she was supposed to do to shoot her shot correctly, shot and she made her first of the entire year. The whole team cheered and praised her. She then took another shot, made that one, then another and another. I wasn’t proud because what I taught her finally sunk in somewhat, I was so proud of how her teammates encouraged and supported her all on their own…….Good Stuff!!