Although no practices or games are on the schedule right now, Holy Name’s coaches are prepping for the seasons ahead. These men and women tirelessly prepare their teams for competition, while also teaching life lessons that will stay with their student-athletes long after the games, matches and meets are over. As you stay at home and look forward to watching the Green Wave compete once again, the Holy Name Athletic Department is happy to introduce you to the coaches leading our programs.
Name and what do you currently coach?
Kyle Knapik – Boys and Girls Cross-Country and Track and Field
All Sport(s) Coached:
Cross-Country and Track and Field
Sports played in High School
Cross-Country, Baseball, and Track and Field
Favorite sports memory (as an athlete and as a coach)
As an athlete – finishing as district runner up for XC as a team, moving on to regionals and watching my teammate qualify to the state meet. Learning to hurdle, earning all conference in the 110s.
As a coach – too many to list. Just recently watching Ben/Kevin/Adam/Ryan’s 4×400 team drop a lot of time to qualify to the indoor state meet, then dropping even more time to improve their ranking and break the school record. Alexa finishing top 10 in the state in hurdles and still not being satisfied and looking to improve.
Why do you coach?
I love the sport. No matter who you are or how talented you are when you start, you can improve. Watching athletes excel to a level they never thought they were capable of by the time their seniors is the best thing there is. The class of 2020 has come so far in their time here, rewriting a lot of the record books and have grown into amazing leaders and young men and women I’m so proud of. I came to help my former teammate coach hurdles for what was supposed to be just a couple of times a week, and that has turned into 11 seasons of cross-country and track with hopefully many more in the future. There’s a team bond that exists in these sports, and I hope I can teach the athletes on my team to love these sports as much as I do.
What attracted you to Holy Name?
Being an alumni, I have so many great memories at HN. A lot of the traditions and values are still the same as when I was an athlete here.
How are you staying active at home?
I’ve been running and lifting every day.
Is there anything that you would like to share with the Holy Name High School Community?
I know this is a tough time with the quarantine and the uncertainty of everything hanging over our heads. Even though we are separate right now, we are still united in our goals for this season. Our team is still intact. Keep working hard with the goal of being better than you were the day we left. Stay safe and we’ll all see each other soon.
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