September 20th, 2012

Hyland's Heroes: Mike Mangeot

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Mike Mangeot
image from loucsaa.org

 "Serial volunteer" gives back to 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.

Though he isn’t known for landing UPS airplanes, Mike Mangeot is often seen communicating UPS information to the public. It’s a job that keeps him very busy, but he has found time to do various coaching duties for the CSAA at Holy Spirit School.

Mike attended Holy Spirit as a youngster, proceeded on to Saint Xavier HS and is now married to his wife, Denise, and is the father of Adam, Ava and Anna. This is a baseball loving family but they also participate in volleyball, soccer and basketball. If there’s a need, Mike will find a way to help out; he’s a “gentle”man who is happy to give his time and talent.

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

My involvement with the CSAA goes back to the ‘70s, when I was a kid playing basketball and soccer at Holy Spirit. I started coaching CSAA sports in 2006 when my oldest went to kindergarten, also at Holy Spirit.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

I believe in giving back to the community, in this case our parish. I also wanted to get to know the children and families who’d be shaping my kids’ development for nine years, and to be engaged in my kids’ lives.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I’ve helped coach something like 20 teams in the CSAA and other organizations – I guess you could say I’m a serial volunteer. Sports include soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and t-ball.

 

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

I believe in the time and talent idea. If you’re going to be part of a community, you need to be actively involved in it. It’s the right thing to do for the kids and it’s fun, too.

 

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

My father, Henri Mangeot. He carved out time from a very busy schedule to coach his three sons when we were kids and helped create a lot of great memories for us. 

 

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?  

Have fun, learn (about the sport and life) and respect your teammates and coaches.

 

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

Developing kids in a fun, active environment is a great way to give back. It helps bond the family by spending time together, learning new things and enjoying ourselves.

 

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

Most of my coaching has been with younger kids, so I go nuts when someone gets their first serve of the season over the net or scores their first basket. I enjoy competing, but I really love to see kids develop new abilities.

 

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