It’s more than a game: Nun coaches football, teaches values

Posted by Katie Loftus
Sunday 07, December 2014 | Category:   Catholic culture
Sr.Lisa Maurer stands on the sidelines encouraging football players
Football coach Sister Lisa Maurer encourages players from the sideline.

Benedictine nun Sister Lisa Maurer lives at St. Scholastica Monastery on the campus of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. In addition to working at a health center and ministering to the community, she also coaches the college football team.

While this is the first football team Sister Maurer has coached, she had experience coaching girls’ volleyball, basketball, and softball before becoming a nun. She loves sports, and even though she never coached football, she always had a love for the game. “I was around football only because my dad was a football coach, obviously my brothers played and, you know, football is a staple in America. So I’m a lover of football but never played or coached it until this year,” she says.

This love drew her out to the football field whenever she had free time, where she would watch the players practice. The head coach, Kurt Ramler, eventually asked her if she would be interested in a coaching position. While she wanted to make sure it did not interfere with her vocational duties, she felt this position would allow her to establish relationships with student-athletes, so she accepted.

Maurer is the designated coach of the team’s kickers and punters. She aims to teach more than football to her players. “They have an awesome opportunity to get a great Catholic college education … plus they’re getting to play football, and along with that comes responsibilities of character and being … a good role model,” she says.

She, too, is a role model for both women religious and those discerning vocations, and hopes that her non-traditional role will inspire young people to think about religious vocations. “That is very near and dear to my heart because, you know, in our day and age, with all the different voices and all the different influences that young people have, it saddens me to think that the voice of God and the call of God could be getting drowned out,” she says.

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