March 17th, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Ron Kiefer

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Ron Kiefer
From Left to Right: Audrey, Ellen, Jane, Ron, and Zachary Kiefer

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.

Ron Kiefer has lived in Louisville his entire life and attended St. Albert the Great, Trinity High School and graduated from the University of Louisville, Speed Scientific School.  He married his wife Jane in 2000 and they have three children attending St. Margaret Mary.  Their oldest, Ellen, is in eighth grade, Audrey is in fourth, and Zachary is in first grade.

When and how did you get your start with SMM?

I started coaching at SMM 5 years ago when we began to rebuild the softball program after not having any teams for several years.  I knew we had enough players interested in the game but we needed some folks to do the recruiting and make it happen.  Since then I've taken on the roll as softball coordinator and we have had teams in every age group for the last two years, with some help from neighboring parishes.  

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Getting involved with softball and coaching was my idea because my daughter loved to play the game and I felt that we had the ability to field teams at SMM but we just need someone to step up and take the initiative.  Fortunately I found others with the same determination so we were able to get 3 teams our first year. Softball is a great game and builds lifelong team skills.

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

I primarily coach softball but I've also coached soccer and basketball at SMM.  I've also coached soccer and baseball/softball recreation leagues.  

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

I enjoy working with the kids in our community and teaching them the importance of caring for your teammates.  I feel it is important for them to build these relationships and learn to "Play like Champions" where they not only respect their teammates but their opponents and officials. 

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

My mother, Vicky Kiefer, has been a big influence and a great example of volunteering.  She always volunteered at many functions and still gives much of her time in retirement tutoring others in math as well as substituting as a math teacher at school.    

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

I want every kid to reach their full potential on and off the field.  Play hard, be humble, and love the game regardless of the outcome.

What does your role at SMM bring your family?

I feel my kids are growing up seeing the importance of someone volunteering their time to facilitate sports programs.  I want them to believe it is more rewarding helping others than just helping yourself.   

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

My favorite memories are the ones where a child experiences success after several failures because they worked hard.  It is very rewarding to see them be successful.  More importantly, I love watching all of them having fun. 

 

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