April 9th, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Katie Connor

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Katie Connor
Katie Connor and her Nativity Academy basketball team / photo courtesy of Connor

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.

My name is Katie Connor and I am a 20 year old sophomore at the University of Louisville. I intend to major in Psychology and minor in women and gender studies along with sociology or criminal justice.

From there I will shoot for a doctorate in Psychology. I am the fundraising chair for Delta Zeta sorority and enjoy exercising as well as my job at the Ekstrom library.

When and how did you get your start with the CSAA? Why so? Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

I started with the CSAA freshman year when Dr. Harbolt indicated they needed volunteers at Nativity. After reaching out to her, she said they were starting a basketball team and I became an assistant coach as well as a study hall monitor. This year I was privileged to be head coach with great assistants.

What sports did you coach and for how long?

I coach the girls basketball team for Nativity Academy. Last year I was assistant and this year I was fortunate enough to be head coach and plan to do the same next year!

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

I believe that I am extremely fortunate and it is everyone’s duty/privilege to give back in some way.

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

My dad is the most influential person in my coaching career. I could always ask him for advice and I grew up playing/learning basketball with him. He was the coach for the junior Olympic team in
Sweden back in the day.

What are your major themes/principles as a coach?

As a coach my goal was for the girls to gain more than just basketball knowledge. I wanted them to practice leadership, team work, confidence, responsibility and punctuality, skills that will help
them on the court and everyday life.

What does your athletic role at the school bring to you, your family?

My athletic role at Nativity has brought new experiences and perspectives. Also, coming to Louisville as a freshman away from home, Nativity gave me a second family and I can't thank them enough for
that.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have as a coach?

My fondest memory as a coach is obtaining the girls team their first ever win in the history of their two years with a team. Along with that, each girl has given me a story to tell and put a smile on
my face. I enjoy seeing their bond as classmates as well.

 

 

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