May 25th, 2017

Hyland's Heroes: Holy Trinity's Jim Herr

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Hyland's Heroes: Holy Trinity's Jim Herr
The Herr family / photo provided by the Herr 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 the athletic program?  My friend Ben Swindler, who is also an athletic director and Holy Trinity Booster member, asked me to participate.  He and I met through the church and became friends.  Ben told me about the Holy Trinity Boosters and described what being an athletic director meant to him and his family.  I've been an athletic director and Booster member for going on two years.

What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to student athletes?  Athletics have always been a big part of my life.  Both team sports, which taught me team work and fellowship, and individual sports, which teach self-reliance, were instrumental in me becoming the person I am today.  I wanted to help my kids and their friends and peers have similar opportunities for growth.  I also felt it was incumbent on me to give back my community and volunteer my time. Being an athletic director at Holy Trinity allows me to do all of those things.

Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? Why?  Ben Swindler, the person who got me into the Holy Trinity athletics department. I've learned a lot from Ben; he gives so much to his community and the parish.  And he's been a great role model for my stewardship.  Andy Keihl, who has been Holy Trinity's Basketball coordinator for years, has also had a huge impact on my perspective as a volunteer. 

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?  Fellowship, fairness and team.  I've gotten to know so many people through volunteering that it's opened up new personal relationships I would never have had.  While being fair doesn't always make you popular, it's a great barometer of ensuring you're doing the right thing.  As a team, our Boosters group gets amazing things accomplished, and I'm honored to be part of the group.

What does your role bring your family?  I involve my wife and kids in my role as much as I can.  This allows us to be closer as a family.  It was Andy Keihl who showed me how quality time I could spend with my kids by including them in the time I spend volunteering with the church.  That has been very rewarding.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?  Some of the toughest moments where we're solving real issues have created my fondest memories.  But my favorite moment was this basketball season when my 11 year old came to help me open the gym and while I was setting up she ran the adult volunteers through the set up for the concession stand.  It was pretty awesome seeing my daughter take over the attention of a couple of adults and clearly articulating how to run the stand.


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