September 7th, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Kim Meehan

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Kim Meehan
Kim Meehan and her daughter Lilly / photo provided by the Meehan 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.

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Kim Meehan was born and raised in Louisville.  She went to Ballard High School and Clemson University and has a degree in Marketing.

Kim has an 11 year old daughter, Lilly, who is in sixth grade at Saint Agnes and two dogs, Jazzy and Cooper. She works for PRG Commercial Property Advisors in commercial real estate sales.

At Saint Agnes, Kim is the assistant coach for Saint Agnes’s seventh/eighth grade field hockey team, and she is also on the PTO Board as Spirit Wear coordinator.

How did you get your start with Saint Agnes?

I went through RCIA at Saint Agnes 13 years ago. Once Lilly was born two years later, I knew I wanted her to go to school there. Waiting for the acceptance letter for Kindergarten was so stressful – I can’t imagine how I will feel when it’s time for college applications!

The thing that I like the most about Saint Agnes, and all of the Catholic schools, is the sense of community. You really feel that you are a part of something meaningful. And that is largely due to the fact that the parent involvement is off the charts! Once Lilly started kindergarten, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the community too.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Cindy Jury, the seventh/eighth grade head field hockey coach and field hockey director at the time approached me about coaching field hockey with her. I played field hockey in high school (a LONG time ago) and love the sport. I was very hesitant to commit for two reasons: time and talent (mine)! I was nervous that I would not bring anything to the table – I had never coached anything before. But Cindy encouraged me and I have not looked back!

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

I am the assistant coach for seventh/eighth grade field hockey. I just completed my fourth season. I was the head coach for fifth/sixth grade for one year, and moved back to seventh/eighth grade.

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

It is very easy to get caught up in the daily grind and routine of work and school. And even though I am setting an example for my own daughter every day, breaking out of that routine and being accountable to a group of young athletes helps remind me to be more thoughtful in my faith. These girls help me see the bigger picture – why we are all doing what we are doing. God has a purpose for all of us and getting out of our comfort zone can help shed light on that purpose.  Many of our Saint Agnes students come back to volunteer as coaches. That always makes me proud of our school and sports program – proof that somewhere along the line we are doing something right!

Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career?

Cindy Jury was by far the best influence for me. We coached together three out of my four years. She set the bar very high!! She coached the girls for 11 years – and just “retired” after our last season.  She is now serving as our assistant athletic director! We are extremely lucky to have her at Saint Agnes. Cindy is fun and she sweats fun! So to be able to coach by her side was an honor! She has an amazing ability to push the girls, be serious, and laugh the whole time! I have learned a lot from her. She encouraged me and helped build my confidence as a coach.

What are your major themes/principles as a volunteer?

I am a huge advocate for effort = reward. And I try to help each girl find their strength and point out what they bring to the team. Not every player is going to be an all-star. But if they come to practice, ready to play and put in their best effort every time, I will reward them in some way – either with praise, a high-five, a shout out from the sideline, and or more playing time! I keep our environment positive – who needs more people yelling at us? Practice is a place the girls can come and work and play hard! I feel like I am a very fair coach. The girls respect me and I respect them! I teach them to take the sport seriously, but not too seriously! We have fun with it.

What does your role at Saint Agnes bring your family?

I feel that coaching/volunteering at Saint Agnes is more tangible – it is easier for my family to see the effort that is put in and also see the results. Our kids see us go off to work every day. But I am not sure that they see the direct correlation between their new Vineyard Vines shirt and my job/paycheck. I also think it’s important to show that we do things in our community that do not earn us a paycheck. I think it gives my daughter a sense of pride that I volunteer at her school.

What are the fondest experiences/memories?

One story! Our seventh/eighth grade team was getting ready to play the best team on the schedule (possibly ever). We knew going in that it was going to be ugly, so we decided to load up on our defense and just do the best we could. The goal was to not have the Mercy Rule called (10-0).You have never seen a group of girls happier to lose 9-0! No mercy Rule! And our parents cheered and cheered the loudest they had ever cheered that game! To lose by so much, and yet be surrounded with happy, laughing players was an ah-ha moment for me! It’s not always about the win – it’s about the experience! 

 

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