August 1st, 2011

Hyland's Heroes: David Secor

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: David Secor
photo from LouCSAA.org

Secor learned from the legends and trying to do his part.

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.

This story begins like many others. Young man grows up in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s in a Louisville Catholic family who happen to be very involved in their parish, St. Pius X. He played all the sports there and was coached by Louisville coaching legend Joe Maupin. His school played in every Toy Bowl championship game in all of his eight years in grade school. He played in four of them.

When his playing career ended at St. Xavier high school and college, a job, a wife and kids were intertwined, that young man, David Secor, decided it was time to give back to his parish, his community.

Secor and his family have been parishioners at St. Bernard for 30 years. He’s been involved in their athletic program for 20 years, serving as the school’s Athletic Director for 17 of them. He’s coached the football team for 18 years, and is currently in his 13th year as head coach of the 7th and 8th grade team.

“My parents were founding members of St. Pius parish,” he said. “My wife’s parents were founding members of Resurrection Parish on Poplar Level road. Her father was head of the men’s club there and helped build the fields there.

“It was just the way I was raised,” Secor said matter-of-fact. “You were part of the church and that you should always be involved. When my children started going to school there I thought I should start getting involved. The first few years I was just a worker bee, doing whatever needed to be done as my kids weren’t old enough to be involved in the CSAA sports activities.”

But when his son was old enough, Secor got involved.  

“When my son started playing sports at St. Bernard in 3rd grade, I started working with the teams,” he said. “My daughter was four years behind him and played basketball and softball and I helped coach them too.

“It was a natural progression for me. I just got involved to help my kids and to help the school. Like many parents, I was just trying to help. Since they’re grown and gone, I just never left. I love coaching the 7th and 8th grade kids. It’s a challenge because they’re young adults and they want to be grown up, but they really don’t want to be grown up. So it’s a pretty cool stage of their development that I get to work with them.”

He speaks fondly of the tremendous influence coach Maupin had on his life and tries to instill those same values into his players.

“Joe had a tremendous influence on me,” recalled Secor. “He was very dedicated to his players and coaches. He was a tremendous man and his players always came first. His overall dedication to the kids, the school, and the game was incredible. He even had us watch videotape of games back then. And he was a great gentleman on and off the field. My father passed away last year and Joe was at the funeral to pay his respects; that’s the kind of guy he was.”

He took those lessons learned from Maupin as a boy at St. Pius and applied them to his own coaching style. Focus on the team; teach personal responsibility; respect the game, your teammates and the opponents. These are just a few of his principles.

“The biggest thing for me was the team,” he said. “It was all about the group and never about the individual. Coach Maupin instilled in us the importance of team and that was reinforced at St. X. Every year I get my kids together early in practice and talk to them about how great a sport football is and how they should respect the game and respect each other. We do a meeting every year and talk about team, camaraderie and standing up for each other.”

Coaching football and administering the athletic program at St. Bernard’s has been a gift for Secor. He still has the passion for coaching and enjoys what every new season brings to him.

“I’ve had a group of coaches who have been with me for quite a while,” he said. “They always bought in to the same philosophy I have about accountability and helping the kids to grow into young men before they get to high school. I’ve had the opportunity to coach a lot of great kids and meet a lot of wonderful families over the years. But there are so many men who are involved and have been involved for so long and have done it for years. They do this for the kids and I know they deserve so much recognition. I’m just trying to do my part.”

 

 

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