St. Martin takes girls basketball job at Howard Brooklyn Park, CCC coach faces rebuilding task

October 27, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

In yesterday's editions, a headline incorrectly stated Art St. Martin's new position at Howard High. St. Martin is the boys basketball coach. The Sun regrets the error.

Art St. Martin, who coached six girls state championships at Brooklyn Park, is the new boys basketball coach at Howard.

St. Martin coached 12 years at Brooklyn Park and won state titles in 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989. His career record therewas 218-69.

St. Martin left Brooklyn Park in 1989 to coach the Catonsville Community College women.

"We're fortunate to have a man of his caliber taking the job," Howard athletic director Vince Parnell said. "Since he's retired, he can spend as much time here as he wants, and his coaching resume is quite impressive."


St. Martin, 52, is a retired school teacher, who taught physical education for 30 years at Linthicum Elementary School.

Parnell said that St. Martin was one of four candidates who applied for the job.

At Howard, he fills a job left vacant by the death of former coach Craig O'Connell in August.

Howard faces a rebuilding season, after posting 10-13 records the last two seasons, and graduating top player Jabraille Jackson. The Lions haven't had a winning record since the 1988-89 season.

"I'm used to going into losing situations," St. Martin said. "Brooklyn Park was 1-18 and Catonsville was 1-25. My biggest asset is teaching fundamentals."

St. Martin was the boys assistant coach at Andover in the late 1970s. And he was the shooting coach at a Five-Star Camp at Boys' Latin last summer.

He was an All-Catholic player at Calvert Hall, where he graduated in 1963. He played basketball four seasons at Towson University, where he set a still-standing school record for free-throw percentage of .896.

St. Martin said he prefers to play a pressure defensive style.

"Nothing is written in stone," he said. "I'll go in with my eyes open and take it from there."

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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