May 26th, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Heather DeVore Lange

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Heather DeVore Lange
From Left: Heather, Hadley Jo, Hannah, and Jason Lange / photo provided by the Lange 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.

Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero”? Send your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com. 

Heather DeVore Lange was born and raised in Louisville, Ky.  Lange went to St Helen, Mother of Good Counsel (MGC) and then graduated from Sacred Heart in 1998. 

Lange graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2002 with her bachelor's in nursing and then from the University of Louisville in 2005 with her master's in nursing. 

She is a women's health nurse practitioner specializing in urogynecology and is currently practicing at University of Louisville Physicians. 

Lange is married to Jason Lange and they have two gingers, Hannah (11) and Hadley Jo (3).  Heather enjoys being involved, spending time with family, traveling and scrapbooking. 

She is also an active advocate for epilepsy awareness through her HOPEFORHADLEYJO cause.   

When and how did you get your start with St. Patrick? 

We joined St Patrick Catholic Church when our oldest daughter (Hannah age 11) was turning two, about 10 years ago.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

St Patrick is really good about sending mass emails when they need help/parent volunteers/leadership/coaches for anything.  My first leadership role at St Patrick was leading our Kindergarten Daisy troop (Girl Scouts) with Sarah Pazienza back in 2010. 

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

I began coaching at St Patrick with third/fourth grade volleyball and third/fourth grade field hockey three years ago when Hannah started playing sports. Every year since somehow I end up out on the courts or fields coaching! I helped coached volleyball at MGC many years ago, which is probably where I developed my first interest in coaching youth. I also helped start St Patrick’s first dance team last year and continue to coordinate and coach one of our amazing dance teams today. 

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

I feel it is important to set good examples of how we are called to serve others with our many given talents.  God blesses us all with different talents and it is our decision how we use them, I choose to show others (especially my own children) what it means to serve by being a leader and a good role model through coaching and volunteering, giving back.  My parents did the same for me! 

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

This is a hard one to answer, there are so many!  Cindy Burton from St Helen, she coached almost every sport I played with tremendous energy and encouragement. Steve Medley from MGC, a great leader and coach continuously involved coaching many sports.  Dave Glass, with St. Patrick, was an excellent role model always putting his faith and family first.  I have had the pleasure of coaching volleyball with Dave the last two years and I watched Dave put many miles on his car commuting back and forth from Nashville to make our volleyball practices and games! Dave has been instrumental in my coaching career at St Patrick. And last but not least, Paul and Nicole Burke with St Patrick, both the first to volunteer, lead, coach, or help anyone with any school or church related event.  Paul and Nicole show us all what is means to be a beacon of Christ’s light to others. 

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer? 

My biggest theme is probably coming to practice prepared with a smile on your face, ready to put forth your best efforts and have FUN!  Even if the sport is not your best or favorite sport, you always come ready to learn and play your best.  Our focus at St Patrick is “pursuing perfection”, God is simply asking us to be our best in everything we do.  As a youth coach and mentor, together we can achieve this.

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

I consider St Patrick family; we have been parishioners for almost 10 years at St Patrick and have developed many irreplaceable relationships. We love belonging to a community that supports each other and strives for instilling the same values of faith and family we are pursuing.  We are called to serve and help others, and St Patrick has definitely shown God’s unconditional love and support to my family recently as our youngest daughter, Hadley Jo (at age two) was diagnosed with an incurable disease of epilepsy.  We are blessed beyond measure to share this journey as a community.  #HOPEFORHADLEYJO   

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

The most memorable event for me as a coach was our volleyball team to get to experience play in the CSAA city championship game in 2015. Although we were the runner up, our team did everything we as coaches asked of them, playing their best and having fun!  With that said, “playing your best” and “pursuing perfection” is a wonderful virtue instilled by St Patrick that I am proud to say we accomplished!  

The fondest experience for me as a coach is having a positive impact mentoring our youth, making a difference in their lives helping them achieve their goals and being “their best”.   

 

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