May 12th, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Lisa Totten

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Lisa Totten
Lisa and Joe Totten / photo provided by the Totten's

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.

Lisa Totten is a 36 year old book keeper at Stuedle, Spears and Co.  She has been married to Joe for 14 years and they have a son, Lucas (7) who is in 1st grade at St. Edward.  In her spare time she loves to watch her son play baseball and scrapbook.

When did you get your start with St. Edward?

I first started coaching at St. Edward 6 years ago with my husband, Joe.  We decided to coach a 3rd/4th grade girls volleyball team.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

My husband had coached the boys’ volleyball team the season prior and really enjoyed it. We have a son that we knew would attend St. Edward so we thought it would be a good way to give back to the Parish.

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

I have coached five years of girls’ volleyball, six years of boys’ volleyball, one year of softball, and six years of field hockey.  

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

I believe God blessed me with a giving soul. If I can give my time to the kids at St. Edward in a way that will impact them spiritually, I feel like I have done good by God. Prayer before games, instilling good sportsmanship, teaching players to be humble, and to encourage each other on the court or field, I believe that is what connects my faith to the student athletes.  

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

I can honestly say, all the kids I have coached are the most influential. It may sound weird, but each and every one of them inspire me every day.  It is the greatest feeling in the world when you coach a kid who is now in high school and you see them out somewhere, they make an effort to come over and say, "hey coach!"  To me, that means the time that we spent together on the court or the field was a great memory for them.  

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

I want the kids to learn the fundamentals of the game but to also have fun.  Life gets harder the older you get: it doesn't need to be that way in grade school.

What does your role at St. Edwards bring your family?  

St. Edward is a very tight knit community. It is very enjoyable for my son who is in first grade to walk down the hall and say hey to his buddies in seventh grade, etc. They are like siblings to him. He is generally at every game and practices with us.  

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

Really it's just the bond that we have with all the kids.  At a program at school last week, I was watching the eighth grade class preform. There were 60 kids in that class and my husband and I have coached half of them. It is a great feeling to coach a team in third grade and watch how they have grown with a sport by the time they get ready to go to high school.  

 

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