September 17th, 2014

Hyland's Heroes: Trevor Atkins

Kay Whelan

Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Trevor Atkins
The Atkins family / photo provided by the Atkins family

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.

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Trevor and Ellen Atkins have 3 young children: Isabelle, Hamilton and Henry, each who are finding their full interest in multiple sports.

Clearly, they are similar to their dad in that respect. Trevor Atkins grew up just over the river, in New Albany, Indiana, where he attended elementary and high school. He played every sport as one could imagine.

But by the time he attended New Albany HS, he settled in as a football and baseball “Bulldog.” An Indiana University graduate, Trevor attended the University of Louisville for graduate school.

Now the family is settled and the kids also appear to be playing “everything” as they grow to determine their favorite sporting activity. Trevor is an eager supporter (and learner where Field Hockey is concerned) in nurturing his children’s interest.

This year he has graduated to third grade football coach at Holy Trinity School. This is a great opportunity to share his knowledge of the fundamentals and values he has come to appreciate.

Holy Trinity is blessed to have the enthusiasm that Trevor brings to his family and faith. No one had to twist his arm to help out with coaching a team; he is instinctively drawn to the role. It’s truly a gift that young children have someone with the energy and patience to guide them along the way. Trevor Atkins has found his niche.

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

This is the first year for me to coach a CSAA sanctioned team, but I have been coaching my children in various Catholic leagues for six years. I grew up with a family that was centered on sports. My Father coached the teams and my mother yelled like crazy from the stands. I knew that when I had children, I was going to coach my children in every sport I possible could.  The only sports I have not been able to coach my kids are field hockey and volleyball.  I am still trying to figure out Field Hockey after watching my daughter play for six years.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

No one asked me to contribute - I would say it just evolved.  Time, Talent and Treasure, and I guess my talent is working with young people.  I am usually the first to raise their hand to volunteer to coach.  I enjoy the camaraderie and it is great way to grow your relationships with your children, their friends and other families.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I have coached soccer for six years; basketball for three; flag football for two; tackle football for one and baseball for five years.

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

As I mentioned earlier, my talent is working with young people.  Hopefully I can have a positive impact on their lives and be a part of shaping the future leaders in our community. I was fortunate to have many positive role models when I was growing up and the coaches I had over my playing days were all very influential.

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

Certainly my father jumps to mind because of the time he volunteered coaching four boys in sports. If he was my coach or just my father watching me play, win or lose, he wanted to know if I tried my hardest. He never cared about the score, but more about If I put forth all of my God given abilities. Win or lose, that was always the question. Did you leave it all on the field?

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?  

First and foremost, it is all about FUN! My job is to teach the fundamentals and set the foundation for their growth in athletics, but more importantly it is making sure every kid is having fun. Another is that I tend to spend more time with the child who is struggling a bit. I have always believed that if you spend more time with the boy/girl who is having trouble hitting the ball that when they have that big break through, I will have succeeded, the child will have succeeded, and the team is better off for it.

What does coaching bring to you, your family?

I think I have this right, “A family that plays together, stays together.” I want to be involved in my children’s lives as a positive influence and this is my way of doing that. We support each other in all sports that we play and have really enjoyed sharing the successes (and failures) along the way.  Sports are a microcosm of life and allow us to teach incredibly valuable life lessons to our children.

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

It is the girl who scores her first soccer goal or the boy who hits his first basket. Their smile of recognition of success and to know that you had a small part in that outcome is what I love about coaching. It is the camaraderie of a group pulling together to achieve its goals. The kids telling you after practice, a game or the season how much they appreciate your time. In that moment, or moments, it makes all the hard work worthwhile

 

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