Rachel Ayres and her husband, Kevin '94 (left), are both Scecina graduates who have enjoyed watching their sons Nolan '14 (right) and Mac (in black shirt) play sports at their alma mater.
Name: Rachel (Davis) Ayres
Year of Scecina Graduation: 1996
Current Position: Personal assistant and personal trainer
Recent Honor: St. John Bosco Award from Archdiocese of Indianapolis
By KJ Fallon,
“At most games, you will find me in the end zone or outfield, mainly because I can’t stop pacing around… My nerves and excitement are through the roof.”
These are the words of a dedicated coach and mom, Rachel Ayres. She graduated from Scecina in 1996, and since then she has dedicated herself to Catholic Youth Organization sports, so much so, that she recently received the St. John Bosco Award from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in May 2018. It is the highest honor that CYO awards. It commemorates those who make a special commitment and difference to CYO sports. In particular, the award calls attention to, “those who preach the Gospel by the witness and goodness of their lives.”
Rachel played CYO throughout elementary school and junior high. At Scecina, she played volleyball, basketball, and softball.
“My Scecina education played a huge part in where I am now and why I volunteer and coach,” she said. “I learned the importance of giving back and what it means to be a part of a community where people go above and beyond for each other.”
While she loves coaching CYO, her family is her first team.
“I absolutely love watching my boys play whatever sport or game they are involved in and hate to miss anything, I am their biggest fan, but also expect them to give 100%... I couldn’t be more proud of them and they always have my support,” she said.
Her sons, Nolan and Mac, participate in a lot of sports too. Nolan played football, basketball, and baseball all four years at Scecina. He went on to graduate in 2014 and attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he played football all four years too.
Mac is a senior at Scecina and has played football, basketball, and baseball. He’s the starting quarterback for the football team. A pitcher, he recently committed to attend Ball State University to play baseball.
Rachel has been coaching for 21 years and loves that she can still connect to those at Our Lady of Lourdes and Scecina. Although she appreciates staying in touch, she also says, “I have realized that my favorite part [of coaching] is helping athletes realize their potential and reach their goals along with being a good teammate.”
Her life, family, and coaching is summarized well by her own words: “Setting a good example on and off the court for my boys and my teams is very important to me and I always hope that I represent my family well and make them proud.”