Each spring, the Trinity High School Alumni Association recognizes a brother alumnus as the year’s Honor Alumnus. The award is presented to a Trinity graduate who is committed to living his life based on Gospel values; who is a recognized leader in his community and/or chosen career; and who values his Trinity education and remains loyal to his alma mater.
A member of the Trinity Class of 1969, Alan Hennessey has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Honor Alumnus Award.
Alan came to Trinity from St. Pius X as a freshman in the fall of 1965. He spent four years actively involved as a member of Trinity’s football and track teams. He was a member of Trinity’s first State Football Championship team in 1968 where he was honored as the highest vote-getter on The Courier-Journal All-State team. As a running back his senior year, he led Jefferson County in points scored (133) and was named to two different All-American teams. After his career at Trinity, Alan was awarded a football scholarship to play at Georgia Tech, where he participated in three bowl games. His career was staggered by two knee injuries, which occurred in his freshman and senior years. Besides football, Alan was a standout on the track team. He was a sprinter and broke the 10-second mark in the 100-yard dash numerous times. His biggest honor was being a member of the 880-relay team which came in first in the KHSAA State Track Meet in Lexington. Alan was inducted into Trinity’s first Hall of Fame Class in 1993.
After graduating from Tech with an Industrial Management Degree (better known as a Business degree), Alan entered the life insurance business in the fall of 1973 with Commonwealth Life. He was a leader at his agency where he received numerous awards and consistently won their annual sales convention award. In January 1981, Alan left Commonwealth and became an independent insurance agent for Smith & Associates (today known as Insuramax, Inc.). Approximately seven years later, Alan became a partner and now is an owner of one of Louisville’s Top Ten Independent Insurance Agencies. Insuramax has 40 employees and specializes in all forms of coverages from business to personal needs. In 1994 Alan obtained his security license. He now spends most of his time working as a financial planner.
As a member of St. Gabriel parish, Alan coached St. Gabriel’s football and basketball teams for 13 years. During that time, he coached St. Gabriel to three Toy Bowl victories in the early 90s and one basketball championship.
Alan has been on several committees at Trinity over the years including the Alumni Board and the Foundation Board. He recently helped the celebraTion committee by obtaining donations for this past year’s silent auction. Insuramax, Inc. also has been a sponsor at the Celebration Dinner for numerous years and recently helped sponsor the first Easter Egg Hunt for alumni and their families.
Besides working, Alan enjoys playing golf and following the Rocks and University of Louisville sports teams. He has been married 44 years to Jane (Angela Merici, class of ‘69) and together they have three sons: Chad ’94, Andrew ’98 and Alex ’02. They also have seven grandchildren (four boys and three girls) who keep both of them busy watching them or attending their games and recitals.