March 30th, 2017

Hyland's Heroes: Ron Kordes

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Hyland's Heroes: Ron Kordes
Ron Kordes with Billy Reed at WISH / file photo

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.

When and how did you get your start with the CSAA?

Well, I started as a player in the CSAA system in the 1950’s.  As far as a volunteer coach, I began my coaching career at St Raphael in the late 1970’s. I started out coaching boys’ basketball and slowing migrated to girls’ volleyball.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

I had moved into St Raphael parish and a friend of mine from high school was asked to coach the 8th grade boys’ basketball team and asked if I would help.  Both of our children were young and getting ready to start school there.

After a couple years of that, the volleyball coach quit right before the season and they were looking for someone to take it. I had started playing volleyball as an adult and volunteered to step in. The rest is history. I have been a volunteer board member of the CSAA since the mid-1990s at least.

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

Having grown up in the Catholic school system and being a participant of the CSAA, I realize the value it offered to the thousands of young people attending the parochial schools. So much a part of that system was the dependence on volunteers. It seemed only natural to become a volunteer and give back some of the wonderful experiences I was blessed with.

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

Probably my father and mother. As I grew up, they were constantly volunteering their time at St Columbia school and church. Coaching, summer picnics, etc.

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

To always attempt the make the right decisions for the youth involved. 

What does your role at the CSAA bring your family? 

Hopefully, my role as a volunteer will pass on to my children and their children. People’s schedules have gotten so busy these days that I feel that the volunteer work force is not what it used to be. We need to not lose the importance of the role of volunteers.

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

I would say my fondest memories would be all the wonderful people I have had the privilege of working with, and the relationships made while volunteering. It is a good thing. Everyone should do some of it.


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