May 12th, 2017

Hyland's Heroes: Dave Morgan

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Dave Morgan
Dave, his wife Jane, and their children Frankie, Mac, Charlie and Janie / photo courtesy of the Morgan 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.

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

My wife, Jane, and I moved our four children (Frankie, Mac, Charlie and Janie) to St. Mary Academy mid-year in 2010.  I began volunteering as an assistant basketball coach for the 5th-6th Grade Boys #4 Basketball team for the 2010-11 season.  In 2011, I began the SMA Golf Program and Team.  By 2012 I became the Boys Basketball Coordinator which got me even more deeply involved in Athletics at Saint Mary Academy and led to me becoming a Co-Sports Athletic Director for Saint Mary Academy in 2015.  

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?  As an avid golfer, I saw an opportunity to bring some of my golf experience to the table to help establish a golf program to introduce SMA student athletes to the game.  In terms of basketball involvement, Jeff Medley was the Athletic Director during the 2011-2012 school year and he asked me to take on the role of Boys Basketball Coordinator.    

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

Team and individual sports provide a coach with a great setting to share their faith with student athletes and reinforce Christian values.  As a coach, I am in a position to influence young people through my coaching style and message that every person is in charge of their effort and attitude.  Young people are like sponges and they not only learn sports skills, but they take note of how coaches conduct themselves on and off the court. 

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

My parents. My parents have always given freely of their time through leadership roles in their church. 

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

I tell all my teams that each of us represent God, our family, our parish, and our school.  My team rules are very simple: respect your teammates, coaches, opponents and the officials through good sportsmanship.  Since we are all in control of our effort and attitude, we are blessed with opportunities to achieve great things together when players follow these simple rules and bring their best effort and attitude to every team activity. 

Teamwork is crucial to the success of any volunteer-led organization such as the Athletics Program at Saint Mary Academy.  The hard work of past athletic directors, board members and coaches laid the groundwork for what we are doing today at SMA.  Our current athletic directors, board members, coaches and other volunteers work as a team to oversee the sports ministry at SMA and provide our student athletes with opportunities to grow through participation in athletics.     

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

My entire family loves sports and we have met so many great families at SMA who share the same passion about sports.  My children have all learned tremendous life lessons through their participation in sports at SMA.  

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

I thoroughly enjoy coaching basketball and golf at Saint Mary Academy.  One of my all-time favorite teams is the 8th Grade #4 team I coached in 2012-2013.  This team was comprised of the final eight players to be selected for a team at the 7th-8th Grade level and we did not have coach.  As the Boys Basketball Coordinator, I stepped in to coach this team.  All eight young men on that team worked diligently to improve their skills and we were able to win our league.  Most importantly, we had a great time in practices and games!   

Over the last four years, I had the pleasure of coaching largely the same group of boys from 5th-8th grades in the AA #1 Basketball Division.  These teams made it to the semifinals all four years.  During 5th, 6th (runner-up) and 7th grades, this group of boys lost to the eventual champion and they set their sights on winning the title in 8th grade.  Through hard work and dedication, these young men brought great effort and great attitudes to practices and games which led to our team winning the 2017 8th Grade AA #1 Division Championship with an undefeated season.

The SMA Golf Program which started small in 2011, now has approximately 60 players from K-8th Grade participating each year.  It is fun to see the kids grow as players and learn valuable life lessons through the game of golf.    


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