February 7th, 2014

Hyland's Heroes: Scott Weber

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Scott Weber
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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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Scott Weber has enjoyed quite a bit of success with his 8th grade girls team at Our Lady of Lourdes. Though he started coaching quite a while ago, Scott can claim the experience of coaching high school girls as well as boys teams over the years. Scott attended St. Leonard elementary school and got his big “coaching break” there some years later.

He graduated from Trinity where he participated in wrestling and intramural basketball. Today he and his wife Jackie are parents of a daughter, Hayley, and son Taylor, now a student at Trinity. Having children who enjoy numerous athletic activities keeps this family busy and allows Scott to maintain his strong interest in coaching basketball. Though OLOL was defeated in the quarterfinals of the 8th grade AA Division 1 tournament, we’ll watch and see if Scott’s winning ways continue in the coming years.

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

I started coaching basketball in 1988 at St. Leonard School.  My sister was involved there at the time and she said, “if you don’t coach we won’t have a team.”  So, I told my sister that if I couldn’t find someone then I would do it. Now I’m in my 22nd season coaching.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

*1988-1992 - St. Leonard 8th Girls’ basketball head coach

*1992-1994 - Mercy HS JV team head coach

*1999-2009 - OLOL boys’ basketball head coach

*2010-present - OLOL girls’ basketball head coach

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

Having players I have coached tell me how much they enjoyed playing basketball and that they appreciate the discipline and hard work.

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

Ed Turpin was always giving me advice when I first started coaching basketball at St. Leonard. Ed had been coaching there for several years and maybe because he was older, he had plenty of advice on how to handle players, parents and athletic directors. Later after beginning and starting to raise a family I came back to coaching in 1999 at OLOL, and Ed became my assistant coach. We won three city championships together. I learned the X’s and O’s from Coach Roy Bowling when we were at Mercy Academy together. Mr. Bowling hired me to coach the JV team. Today he is in the Kentucky Hall of Fame and the inaugural class of the High School Hall of Fame in Kentucky.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach? 

I try to teach discipline as a player and a person and also teach the players the game of basketball and the game of life.  In life you have to handle adversity and success.

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

Too many to name, but here a few in no particular order:

1. Being asked to be a confirmation sponsor.

2. Coaching my son and daughter.

3. Winning three city championships.

4. Having an undefeated season coaching JV team at Mercy.

5. Having players come up and tell me how much it meant to them playing basketball for me.


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