September 7th, 2017

Hyland's Heroes: Brian Jaso

Staff Report


Hyland's Heroes: Brian Jaso
Brian Jaso and family / photo provided by the Jaso 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. If you have a suggestion for Hyland’s Heroes, feel free to email Conor Revell (crevell@catholicsportsnet.com).

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

When my son Danny was in Kindergarten I helped out with coaching in the fall OLOL soccer clinic.  When we started back up in the spring, I moved to head coach.  The rest is history.  Danny is going into the 5th grade and my younger son Joe is going into the 3rd grade.  I have coached them in soccer, basketball, and baseball throughout their athletic careers. With all that time invested at St. Francis of Assisi (SFA), when our Athletic Director stepped down, I stepped up. I was given the honor to help lead our school as the new Athletic Director last year.

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

I feel so lucky that I can express my faith while I am coaching.  What we are trying to teach our athletes at SFA goes hand in hand with their faith.  Loyalty, Honor, Commitment, and Sacrifice.  The simple ability to pray before or after a game makes their experience on the field mean so much more.  I pray for all my athletes and their success in all aspects of their lives.  And warms my heart to think that they pray for me and my family.

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

My dad Dan Jaso, he coached me from before I can remember.  He was a great coach, but an even better man.  I knew at a young age that I wanted to be on the field with my kids if I ever had the opportunity.

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

I have two things that I think about whenever I am coaching or making a decision for our programs. What is best for the student athletes involved and did they get better today as an athlete and a person. If I can focus on these themes the rest is just details.

What does your role bring your family?

It brings an empty seat next to my wife Chantel.  I can count on one hand how many times we have sat and watched a game together. She is the real hero of our family. She handles all the homework, meals, and anything that does not pertain to athletics. She supports our boys in everything they do on the field and in the classroom. She also knows me better than anyone. She knows when to shoot me a smile or a look of loving support on the sidelines when I am struggling to find the right words to lead my team. She is my rock and without her I could not give all that I do to SFA.

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

There are so many it is really hard to pick. But if I had to narrow it down to one it would be a soccer game last season. We lost 1-0 to St.  Athanasius on their field. Our team finished the season 6-1 with a 44-1 goal differential. It was an incredibly successful season, but our defining moment was this loss. They personified everything you could want from a team. They picked each other up, they pushed each other to be better every step of the way. They left everything they had on the field that day. They looked their opponent in the eye as they shook their hands with tears in their own eyes. After this game we huddled up and I could feel just how much they wanted to win. But not for themselves; for their teammates. They all felt this, they were a complete team.  I have coached these boys since they were five. So for five years I've huddled them up after every game. And I have watched them grow in to amazing young men.  And on that day I had never been prouder of those boys. It is the reason I coach.

 

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