November 5th, 2011

Hyland's Heroes: Rick Moir

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Rick Moir
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For the Moirs, coaching is all in the family           

The following feature is a part of a weekly series, sponsored by Hyland, Block & Hyland, called "Hyland's Heroes" - a set of profiles that will spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports. Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero? Send your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com. 

Mention the Moir name in Louisville and one person comes to mind. The contributions Donna Moir has made to Louisville Catholic sports at Sacred Heart Academy as a player, coach and athletic director are well noted and celebrated. She’s become synonymous with the excellence that Sacred Heart has achieved and continues to strive for in every athletic endeavor.

Rick Moir, the husband of that acclaimed athlete, coach and administrator, is the man who has supported, watched and encouraged Donna to continue her path. But Rick still has found time to quietly go about his business as a volunteer basketball coach in the CSAA for more than 16 years. From St. Albert’s boy’s teams to St. Margaret Mary’s girl’s teams and some slo-pitch and fast-pitch softball at SHA in between, Rick has carved his own niche in this dual-coaching household.

Rick and Donna are the parents of four children, all of whom played sports. Lone son Michael played baseball at and recently graduated from Transylvania University. Daughter Megan is a golfer at Kentucky, while Mackenzie is a freshman golfer at the University of Cincinnati. Meredith, their youngest, is a freshman golfer and basketball player at Sacred Heart.

“I started (coaching) because I wanted to be involved with my kids and I enjoy coaching,” Moir said. “I like being around the kids and watching them develop. I started coaching slo-pitch softball with Donna in 1989 when she was pregnant with our first child (Michael). By default, I got the head coaching job the next year and made the transition from slo-pitch to fast-pitch in the mid-1990’s.”

A Trinity High School grad, class of 1979, Moir played basketball and football for his home parish St. Albert. He was a varsity swimmer his senior year at Trinity and swam for the University of Louisville his freshman year there. Being married to one of the most celebrated athletes and coaches in Sacred Heart Academy’s history, the coaching bug didn’t have to move very far to bite him.

“She’s been a big role model for me,” he said of his wife and her career. “I’ve seen her progress. I saw her interact with the girls on her teams. And the relationships she built with girls that she coached, they’re still coming back to talk to her fifteen, twenty years later. It’s that on-going relationship and the difference you can make in some of those kids’ lives.”

Moir takes those mentoring relationships seriously. And like a number of other CSAA coaches, he understands the impact and the importance that good coaches have in the lives of these young, impressionable student-athletes.

“At both St. Albert and at St. Margaret Mary, yes, I coach the sport, but at the same time I can teach some life lessons as well,” he remarked. “Work hard. Be responsible. Give your best effort. I try to put the game in some perspective as far as priorities: Family first, education next and your faith is always right there at the top, and finally the sport itself. I think I practice the girls hard, but at the same time I try to put it in a perspective that they know there are more important things beyond sports.”

But make no mistake, Moir is clearly training the next generation of future, talented high school girls basketball players. He has high standards for that part of his coaching job as well. In helping the young student-athletes learn how to prioritize, Moir still understands the importance of giving his teams a high quality athletic experience as well.

“I was fortunate to be coached by Frank Griffo, who coached at St. Albert for a long time,” recalled Moir. “It’s not that I remember what he said exactly, but I remember the commitment that he made to us and to the school. You’re not there just trying to coach your own children. You’re there because you want to coach all of the kids. Whether he had a son on the team or not, Coach Griffo was willing to coach, give up his time and was committed to being a good coach.”

The coaching legacies in Louisville and in the CSAA are strong and deeply rooted. Moir’s coaching tree is a short, but distinguished one that includes Griffo and his wife.

“Donna always says, ‘You’ve got to do what’s right for that child,’” he stated. “I could move some players to the top team, but then they may not play as much as the other kids. I’d rather see one of my seventh graders play at their own level than move up to the top team and get frustrated and lose self-confidence because she may not play as much. What’s best for the individual player is probably the driving force behind my coaching. I think the CSAA tries hard to do that as well.”

As the head coach of the St. Margaret Mary 7th/8th grade teams in the past eight years, Moir imparts the tried and true work ethics of hard work and discipline. “You just have to work hard,” he tells his teams. “Good things will happen if you work hard. There are a lot of things that happen for a reason and you have to be positive and look for what that reason is and make the best of it.”

He adds that, “I’ve seen Donna work and she’s surrounded herself with great people at Sacred Heart. The school is a part of the family and is so much a part of our (family) life and our history. We have embraced that notion of ‘doing what’s right for that kid’ and try to apply that to all of the teams we coach.”

 

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