December 15th, 2011

Hyland's Heroes: Shayne Duvall

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Shayne Duvall
photo from Shayne Duvall

Duvall brings love of faith, family and sport to role with CSAA

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.

We have featured several legendary CSAA figures in our Hyland’s Heroes column in the past months. Folks whose dedication and commitment to the organization have stood the test of time and consistently met or meet the high standards to which the group aspires.

This week’s feature is no different in terms of passion and commitment to the organization. It’s just that he hasn’t been involved quite as long as some of the others.

Shayne Duvall was indoctrinated into the CSAA about 20 years ago as a third grader at St. Lawrence school. He played basketball and golf there and enjoyed a solid formation as an altar boy as well. He played golf at Holy Cross (class of 2001) and got his start as a referee with the CSAA while a 16 year old junior.

And though he’s a mere pup compared to so many of the legendary volunteer coaches, referees and administrators in the CSAA, Duvall shares that same early commitment to the group that so many of those legends experienced. He currently serves as the Coordinator of Evangelization for the Archdiocese. He was recently elected to the CSAA Board of Directors. He is considered one of the top referees in the metro area.

All at 28 years young.

“It was actually while I was still at Holy Cross that a few folks approached me to see if I’d be interested in refereeing for CSAA basketball,” Duvall recalled, “at the ripe age of sixteen, just when I was starting to drive. I started with the girls games and did that about four years and then those same people recommended that I try refereeing high school basketball. For the past 11 years I’ve been doing local high school basketball in the sixth and seventh regions.”

He hasn’t been a run-of-the-mill official either. No, Duvall has officiated several big tournaments and post-season games as well. “Really, the CSAA referees that got me started are the ones responsible for my officiating career and who have kept encouraging me,” he said.

Duvall recalls his playing days with a sense of awe sprinkled into the memories. For him, the games were more than just play; they were events for family and friends to enjoy.

“When I played, the environment was always fun,” he said. “Those were big games for us. The gyms were always packed with parents and family and friends. It wasn’t a case of just playing basketball, we created strong friendships. We went to school together and we went to each other’s homes in the summer and formed strong bonds.

“And my parents would come to the games to see their friends from Mass or various church events,” he continued. “The CSAA provides that environment for parents, too. They had as much fun at the games as we did playing them. I remember all of the families would gather at someone’s house or go out to lunch and continue the fun after the games. The parents bonded with each other as much as we did on the team.”

Coming from an active sporting family, his older sister played basketball and volleyball at St. Lawrence and his father played softball for years, Duvall enjoyed golf more than anything. But he wanted to be around his friends and picked up basketball and was glad he did.

“The coaching I received then was geared toward having fun and learning about all the values that teamwork bring,” he said. “My coaches were part of the parish and we’d see them at Mass and at church functions all the time. They wore many hats as members of the booster club, on parish council and some taught at the school. They were committed to the parish community 365 days a year.”

The mix of faith, family, friends and sports has been a positive presence throughout Duvall’s life. He cultivated his officiating career while at the University of Louisville, where he also worked in the Sports Information Department. Feeling a long-standing call towards the clergy that started in grade school, Duvall entered the seminary. After four years in the seminary, he realized that God’s calling was for him to be a husband and a father. His job assignment in the Archdiocese is a great fit based on his experiences as a player, a referee and all around sports fan. Not to mention his seminary background.

“Sports have always been a part of my life and God is still calling me to work for the church,” he said. “As Coordinator of Evangelization, I have been so blessed to continue my ministry. We have 17,000-plus kids in our Archdiocese and we have this incredible opportunity to bring the Gospel message to our kids through sports. Some of my focus with the CSAA will be on social media and reaching our youth on their terms. If we can focus on the mission of the CSAA on the coaches and volunteers, that’s more than 17,000 kids to whom we can evangelize. And I am so excited to have that opportunity.”

 

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