September 29th, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Taylor Lewis

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Taylor Lewis
The Lewis family / photo provided by Taylor Lewis

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.

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Taylor Lewis was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. Her parents are Keith and Diane Lewis, and she is 20 years old and the oldest of three children. Taylor is very close with her siblings, Megan (18) and Joseph (14). She attended St. Agnes from 2001-2010.

 

While at St. Agnes, Taylor played volleyball, field hockey, basketball, and ran track. She attended high school at Sacred Heart from 2010-2014. While at Sacred Heart, Taylor played field hockey on freshmen, JV, and Varsity.

 

Her senior year she was on the all-district, all-state, and all-star teams. Taylor has always had a love for sports and teaching kids, which is what has led her to volunteering at St. Agnes. She now attends college at the University of Louisville. Taylor is a junior majoring in communication and minoring in marketing. She plans on going into real estate after graduation.

 

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

 

I attended St. Agnes from Kindergarten to eighth grade. I played many sports during my time and St. Agnes so I knew I wanted to come back and coach eventually, because I love the school and athletic program. I began to coach at St. Agnes in the spring of 2014 for field hockey and the winter/spring of 2015 for volleyball.

 

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

 

The St. Agnes Field Hockey Director, Cindy Jury, was my eighth grade field hockey coach. I have stayed in contact with Cindy and she had mentioned me helping coach field hockey at St. Agnes. She later asked me to be the head coach for 3rd and 4th grade and I accepted. My dad also coach’s volleyball at St. Agnes so I decided I wanted to coach volleyball as well after seeing him coach.

 

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

 

I volunteer with St. Agnes field hockey and boys’ volleyball. I began coaching field hockey at St. Agnes at the end of my senior year at Sacred Heart (2014). I was initially the head coach for third and fourth grade field hockey, but now I am the assistant coach for fifth and sixth grade. I have been the head coach of fifth and sixth grade boys’ volleyball for two seasons.

 

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

 

My faith has led me to believe that God wants me to teach girls and boys about the sports that I love most. I believe that God gave me my talents for a reason and with those talents I can help students find their love for sports. I have learned volunteering is extremely rewarding and that my time can mean so much too many.

 

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

 

I would say the most influential person on my volunteer career was Cindy Jury. Cindy allowed me to have this opportunity and had faith in my coaching abilities from the start. I also have to give some credit to my players, their families and my family, because without them my volunteer experience would not be as fun and successful as it has been.

 

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

 

I focus on having fun, learning, and always getting better. I am all about positivity, especially with the grades I coach. I want to ensure that my players have fun because they are young and I believe they learn best when they enjoy what they are doing. I love spending time/coaching my players and I try to make that known throughout practices and games.

 

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

 

My role at St. Agnes brings my family happiness and makes them proud. My family is often at my games cheering my teams on. I think it is a cool experience for my parents to see how I once was a player, but roles have reversed and I am now the coach. I no longer play field hockey or volleyball competitively, so it is a way for my family to continue to be around these sports that we have all grown to love.

 

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

 

One of my fondest experiences was moving up from third and fourth grade field hockey to fifth and sixth grade. I was a little hesitant about moving up, but I was also excited to be at a more competitive level. The cool part about moving up was that it was my third consecutive season with the fifth graders on my team. It was really awesome seeing how much they had improved and them getting to play in the City Tournament for the first time.

 

My fondest memory from volleyball is watching my players improve. I coached many of the same boys for two straight seasons so I got to see their excitement when they successfully served overhand, successfully received a down ball that they would have initially been scared of, etc. Coaching volleyball is very rewarding because I am right there with my players through every game and I can see it in their faces when they are proud of themselves.

 

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