December 6th, 2012

Hyland's Heroes: Tyler Robertson

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Tyler Robertson
Nativity Academy 6th grade coach Tyler Robertson / photo from Tyler Robertson

New coach at Nativity Academy looks forward to challenge

The following feature is a part of a weekly series, sponsored by Hyland, Block & Hyland, called "Hyland's Heroes" - a set 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. Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero”? Send your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

There is exciting news coming from Nativity Academy this basketball season; they will have their first 6th grade boys team since the school’s opening. In the past, the 6th grade students who wanted to participate had to play with the 7th and 8th graders because they didn’t have enough 6th graders to constitute a team. This year will be exciting for them as they compete against their age level. Tyler Robertson will coach this team and help them as they transition into the league.

Tyler is a Bowling Green, KY native where he attended William H. Natcher Elementary and Frederick Fraize High School. He played basketball when a student and has coached briefly since. Though he is not married he does have a girlfriend, Kristal Martinez, and we hope that both of them will get a big welcome to the CSAA Basketball League this season.

When and how did you get your start with the CSAA? Why so?  

This is my first year with the CSAA. After expressing interest in coaching basketball I was presented with the opportunity to coach the inaugural 6th grade boys team here at Nativity. I’m proud to be involved in the CSAA.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

After speaking with Meghan Weyland (Principal) she put me in contact with Marc Murphy (8th grade coach) and from there I was officially accepted as the new 6th grade head coach.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I have been an assistant coach at Fern Creek HS (J/V and Varsity basketball) for one year (2007-2008), plus I also volunteered and helped some at T.K. Stone Middle School (E-town) for 2 seasons (2010-2011 & 2011-2012)

What's the connection with your faith and giving your time to these young student athletes? 

Basketball was always a way for me to stay out of trouble while being a part of a team and it was something that I learned many life lessons from along the way. Teamwork and sportsmanship go hand in hand with being a good Christian and those are things I want to share with the students here at Nativity Academy.

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

My high school coach Greg Ramsier. He made learning the game fun and showed us that coming from a small school didn’t mean that we couldn’t compete with larger schools, all we had to do was out-work the opponent. This was something that has stuck with me both on and off the court.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?  

Teamwork and hard work. Both of these are very important to me both on and off the court. If you can’t work well with others it will be very hard to be successful in both basketball and in life. Learning effective ways to communicate with others is one of the most important skills I have learned. I also believe in being a hard worker, if you are willing to out-work the guy next to you, chances are you will be more successful.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?  

It gives me a chance to teach young men the same life lessons and skills that I have learned and that I have used to be successful throughout my life. And the best part is that it’s done through a medium that we both enjoy: Basketball.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of coaching? 

My fondest memories have to be seeing our guys (at each of the schools I have been involved with) working hard and working together. There is nothing better than to see your team focused on one common goal and doing whatever it takes to reach that goal. Win or lose, effort and cooperation are things I enjoy the most about sports.

 

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