Martin leaves Spalding for Towson job

Coach made Cavs a power in basketball in 3 seasons

High Schools

July 09, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Tony Martin, who built Archbishop Spalding into a boys basketball power in just three seasons and was The Sun's Metro Coach of the Year last winter, has resigned to become an assistant coach at Towson University.

Martin, 34, whose Spalding teams were 69-30 (.697), told his seniors, including All-Metro players Derrick Snowden and Tremaine Robinson, last week of his decision.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," said Martin, who will start in the Division I college job Aug. 1.

Martin led the Cavaliers (31-5) to the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament title in their second season and the Alhambra Tournament consolation title to earn the No. 2 ranking in The Sun's Top 20.

"I'm leaving a great situation and a great group of kids at Spalding, but I had to think of my family. Coaching at the Division I level has always been my goal, and now I've got my foot in the door."

After eight years as a JV coach, four each at Cardinal Gibbons and Mount St. Joseph, his alma mater, Martin landed his first head coaching position at Spalding in 1996-97, inheriting a 3-17 team.

Local recruiting gave him a talented freshman class that went 21-8 and won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference title in his inaugural season at the Severn school.

Moving up to the MIAA A Conference and Catholic League in Martin's second season, the Cavaliers included some nationally ranked teams in their schedule and went 17-17 overall.

Spalding athletic director Lee Dove said he will search for Martin's successor.

Possible candidates include Spalding assistant Ralph Burley, former Severn coach Wayne Fowler, Newport High's Chris Chaney, and Paul Evans, ex-Navy and Pittsburgh coach who has been a volunteer assistant at Gonzaga (D.C.) High the past couple seasons.

Under second-year coach Mike Jaskulski, Towson went 6-22 last season.

Pub Date: 7/09/99

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