December 19th, 2013

Hyland's Heroes: Shannon Weaver

Staff Report

Hyland's Heroes: Shannon Weaver
Shannon Weaver with his wife and three kids / photo submitted by the Weaver family

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland, Block & Hyland. "Hyland's Heroes" is a series 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.

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Shannon Weaver is from Scottsville, Ky. and coaches’ basketball at Sacred Heart Model School.

The kids at SHMS get a unique experience because Weaver coached at the collegiate level for 14 years before coming to SHMS. Weaver coached at Middle Tennessee State (two years), West Georgia (four years), and Auburn (eight years).

Weaver’s sole focus afterwards was to coach Layne, Avery, and Gray and that’s why he stopped in the first place. Layne is a junior cheerleader at Sacred Heart Academy while Avery is in eighth grade and Gray is in fifth grade at SHMS.

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

My daughter started at Sacred Heart Model School in the fall of 2008. I volunteered to help the athletic program at that time. Our other two children followed in the fall of 2009 so the relationship grew.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

The athletic director and I met, I told him I had a background in coaching basketball and he asked me to coach. I told him I didn't really want to coach but would help him organize the basketball program. I ended up being the basketball coordinator and ended up coaching two teams the first year.

What sports did you coach (do you coach) and how long have you coached there?

I have coached basketball the past five years.

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

I believe athletics is one of the greatest teaching tools for our children when done correctly.  Children have to learn to work with others, be part of a group, compete and work hard to improve.

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

My three children, Layne, Avery and Gray, they brought into focus what it is all about, growing.  I try to teach them how to improve, it’s not always about winning.

What are your major themes/principals as a coach?

Fundamentals, hard work and have fun.  We have 2 rules, work hard and have fun.  We try to spend as much time in the gym as we can working on fundamentals

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

Time together.  I love being in the gym with my kids.

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

Watching the kids improve, winning a city championship with a group of fifth grade girls that had no idea they could do it, and working with the other coaches.


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