Houston, TX – The annual St. Agnes Academy Alumnae softball game on June 8, 2012 was interrupted with a surprise for long-time coach, Lynn Kercheval – an entire park named in her honor. The softball park, part of a new $6 million athletics complex at Bellaire and Fondren had previously been dedicated on April 22 by Archbishop Fiorenza before a crowd of more than 300 supporters.
“This new Athletics Complex is ready to welcome fresh generations of Academy women who give of their talents, and inspired by their coaches, do their best to represent St. Agnes Academy,” Said Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P., Head of School. “And, it took a small army of incredibly committed parents to make it a reality. The man leading the effort is Mr. John Brennan, who in just 14 months has brought us to $4.5 million of our $6 million goal.”
The surprise for varsity softball and volleyball coach Lynn Kercheval came during a break in warm-up when alumnae gathered dirt from the old field to spread on the new fields. School buses carried the crowd to the new location where donors Bobbie and David Colley, Suzanne and Greg Price, Kathy and Kelly Moynihan, and Mary and Ron Neal, surprised Kercheval with the sign.
David Colley recalled how his daughters Jamie and Laura both were proud St. Agnes Tigers on Coach Kercheval’s teams. “I remember vividly the wins and championships—they were great fun and we attribute those wins to the talent developed in our girls by Coach. With our daughters now well into college, the trophies and medals have been replaced with new things, but what remains in our hearts are the words of inspiration, the life lessons that Coach Kercheval shared with our girls. She prepared them for far more than success in a game, a tournament or a championship—she helped prepare them to be successful in life.”
The naming campaign was an opportunity for the Colley’s, Moynihan’s, Price’s and Neal’s to say ‘thank you’ to Coach Kercheval. In the 22 years Kercheval has been with St. Agnes, she has coached softball to six state championships, six second place finishes, and to four final four appearances. In volleyball, she coached the Academy girls to seven state TAPPS championships, and one TCIL state championship in her first year on the job.
St. Agnes Academy, located in southwest Houston, was founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters and is rooted in the Dominican tradition. St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.
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