June 26th, 2014

Hyland's Heroes: Marty Lowe

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Marty Lowe
Photo from CSAA

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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It truly is helpful to know how to maneuver eleven players on an outdoor field; when the game is reduced to seven on seven, you can, more than likely, make the appropriate adjustments. That might describe the attributes of the fourth grade girls field hockey coach at Holy Spirit School - Marty Lowe. You may recognize his name if you are a University of Louisville football fan, since he was once the team’s quarterback.

Though Marty is a native of Mississippi, he spent his high school years in Chattanooga and landed in Louisville when he was recruited for football.

As a high-school student athlete, Marty played football and baseball. Now as a father to son, Bryce, and daughter, Reece, he is putting his best efforts into helping them grow through CSAA activities. His son will be moving into high school next fall, but his daughter will hopefully provide him many other opportunities to volunteer and contribute his time to the many CSAA sports’ offerings.

Field Hockey has a long-standing tradition in Louisville, where players have opportunities to participate in both the outside fall leagues, as well as the CSAA’s spring/summer seasons. Marty may end up being a very busy “dad/coach.” 

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

I have coached college and professional football, and when I got out of that and started teaching it seemed a good idea to give back what I had been given.  I started coaching my kids when my son was in second grade in football and basketball. (He will be going into high school next year.) Then when my daughter got into second grade, I started coaching her in Field Hockey.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

No one asked me to help, but I just coach where and what my kids were involved in and I have enjoyed watching the kids grow up and develop.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I have coached football for 17 years on various levels, I coached one season of grade school basketball and three years of field hockey.

What's the connection with your faith (stewardship) & giving your time to young student athletes? 

It’s simple. I feel like I am on this earth to give back what I was blessed with (in my life). God showed me what my talent and skill would be, and I have tried to share that and pass it on to others in the best way I can for their lives.

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

My high school coach Tom Weathers, John L. Smith and his football staff at the University of Louisville, Bobby Petrino and Scott Linehan.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach? 

Energy, hard work, have fun, and teaching how sports prepares one for life.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

It brings a sense of purpose or higher calling to influence not only athletes but parents. It is a tough dynamic to coach your own kids. Ic can be good and, unfortunately, sometimes bad when you have to be tough on them. They may want to see you as “dad.”  It takes communication, and it is not easy at times, especially when things become competitive or difficult.  The main thing is for my kids see me in a leadership/influential role. I hope this translates to their lives as they grow up by providing them a model. 

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

Relationships are the fondest experiences. I still have players that text or call me for support, answers, and direction even though I no longer coach on the college or professional level. I am a high school teacher, pre-school teacher and I have served as a counselor for three years at Maryhurst – a residential facility serving abused girls.

I see all these roles and experiences somewhat the same. I am not aware of the deep influence that goes with teaching and coaching until later in life when I hear how someone I coached is doing or a former player or student comes up to me to express how he or she feels about me as a mentor (coach, teacher or friend). Most of the time the kids I work with thank me for being tough (strict) with them, but that comes later in their lives.

 

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