August 1st, 2014

Hyland's Heroes: Franny Brumfield

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Franny Brumfield
The Brumfield family / photo submitted by Franny Brumfield

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland Insurance. "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.

Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero”? Send your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Franny Brumfield is the mother of two teenagers. Ally is a senior at Sacred Heart Academy; Drew is a freshman at Trinity. Her husband is Mike Brumfield who is the head golf coach at Trinity. In Franny’s spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her friends, being outdoors, going to the lake and being with my siblings, nieces and nephews and in-laws. Franny also enjoys traveling to new places and anywhere there is a beach.

When and how did you get your start with Sacred Heart Academy? My connection to Sacred Heart Academy started when my daughter started as a freshman.  Why so?  When my daughter selected Sacred Heart Academy we were “all in” as a family.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?  Mike and I knew we would be active volunteers at whatever school our children attended.  In 2013, when Peggy Corley asked me to “help” with organizing an event for Sacred Heart field hockey, little did I know I automatically became a co-chair!  She has trained me well.

What sports did you volunteer to help and for how long? 

My husband has coached both our children in youth leagues and at St. Albert school in just about every sport – softball, baseball, flag football, soccer, and basketball. I was always “behind the scenes” helping him with the organization. When our daughter started playing field hockey at Sacred Heart Academy I became actively involved as a volunteer for the Apple Jam which is an elementary and middle school event for local field hockey teams and the Apple Tournament which has traditionally been the kickoff to the local high school field hockey season. I was the “understudy” for both events in 2013. I am very proud and honored to be co-chair for both events in 2014.

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

Both my husband and I feel it’s important for our kids to be involved in extra-curricular activities-clubs, sports, or service. Anything we can do as volunteers to support our kids in those efforts is our goal. I am also a Eucharistic minister and parish council member at St. Albert the Great. We try to lead by example and influence student athletes to be gracious in victories as well as defeats.

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

There are many people that come to mind as many of my closest friends also volunteer with their respective schools and organizations. But the two most prominent that come to mind is my mother, who will be 85 this fall. She reared seven children, influenced us on how important family is and also volunteered many hours at our school and church. I didn’t have as much appreciation for how much time she gave to us and others until I had children. The second influential person is my husband Mike. He gets such pleasure and joy working with the children of all ages. Seeing how young people react to his guidance is a real inspiration for me.

What are your major themes/principles as a volunteer?  Faith first. Keep the best interest of the student athletes in the forefront. And then surround yourself with a great team of people that also have the best interest of the student athlete in the forefront.

What does your role at Sacred Heart Academy bring to you, your family? 

We have been so blessed to meet so many wonderful friends and families at Sacred Heart Academy. My daughter had an outstanding group of 2014 seniors as role models. And I had an outstanding group of parents of 2014 seniors of which to be a part. They set the bar high and we are striving to meet those expectations. I am excited to be co-chair and co-team mom with Lori Gullett to continue in their footsteps. 

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?

We are so fortunate that our daughter has had the opportunity to be led by Coach Liz Lewis and her coaching staff. They exemplify the core values of Sacred Heart Academy – community, leadership, reverence and service. So far, my fondest memory is when Ally, as a freshman on the JV field hockey team, scored her first high school goal in the 2011 Apple Tournament while my husband was announcing! But ask me again after this season, and I might have another one! It will be a bittersweet year as Ally graduates from Sacred Heart Academy but we are looking forward to watching Drew grow into a young man at Trinity.

 

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