December 10th, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Tracy Monks

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Tracy Monks
Tracy Monks coaches in the CSAA

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.

Tracy Monks attended St. Helen and Holy Cross High School.  After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University she obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling and Psychology from the University of Louisville.

Tracy is married to Brandy Monks and they have three children, Conner Monks, who is 18, Shelby Olsen, a senior at Assumption, and Kelsey Monks, who is in fourth grade at Notre Dame Academy.

Tracy’s daughter Shelby was on Assumption High School’s volleyball state championship team and has committed to play volleyball for NKU.

When and how did you get your start with Notre Dame?

I started coaching volleyball at Notre Dame when my oldest daughter, Shelby, was in kindergarten.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

My college roommate and best friend, Trina Diersing, was the head coach and asked if I would be her assistant.  I had always loved the sport and enjoyed working with children so it seemed like a natural fit.

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

I have coached volleyball at Notre Dame for the last 13 years. Initially, I was an assistant coach and have been the head coach for the last 4 years.

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

I have always enjoyed playing and coaching volleyball.  I believe it is our responsibility to give our time and talents to serve others and I am blessed to have been able to serve in this role at Notre Dame.

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

My parents have been the two most influential people in my life.  My mom was a teacher at St Helen for over 30 years and was dedicated to serving the school and church community. My dad coached volleyball for 19 years. His dedication and passion for coaching is still seen through the many players lives he has touched throughout the years.  By example they taught me the importance of sharing your talents and abilities with others and I am grateful to be able to follow in their footsteps.

What are your major themes/principles as a volunteer?

I believe that as a coach we are responsible for teaching our athletes not only to be better players but better people on and off the court. There are so many life lessons taught through sports. I believe if we teach our children these concepts it will enable them to succeed in life. One phase I have used numerous times especially with my own children, is sometimes life isn’t fair but you can never give up, if you don’t like it work harder.

What does your role at Notre Dame bring your family?

The Notre Dame community has many wonderful people who dedicate numerous hours to our school and our children and are true heroes. Each one of these people teach my children and family the importance of giving your time and talent and what it means to be part of the catholic community. 

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

I have had so many fond memories throughout the years it is almost impossible to only highlight one. If I had to choose one it would be the pure joy and pride of winning two city championships with my daughter, Shelby. But as a coach there is nothing like seeing your players success not only on the court but off. It is pure joy watching the players grow to be successful people in life. I have had the honor of coaching many wonderful young women over the years and am grateful for the gifts they have shared.

 

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