MAU football coach Martin stepping down

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BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony football coach John Martin is stepping down after three years at the helm of the Patriots.

Martin is leaving Mount Anthony to take a job in the Queensbury, N.Y., school district.

Martin will be teaching secondary physical education, the same as he was at Mount Anthony.

The process started within the past couple of weeks. After all the basic pieces were filled in, the final thing was to make sure he was certified to teach in New York state. That went through on Wednesday night to make it official.

Martin went 6-19 in his time with MAU, starting out with back-to-back 3-5 seasons in 2014 and 2015 before an 0-9 season in 2016.

Martin is originally from Schuylerville, N.Y., and his mother taught in the Queensbury district for three decades, so it's a homecoming of sorts.

He lives in Saratoga with his wife as they married in June.

The plan is to have a meeting on Saturday night with the players to tell them exactly what is happening.

"I didn't want it to feel like a "leaving" thing," Martin said. "It's tough to leave, I've had a lot of fun here at Mount Anthony, it was a tough decision. The group deserves to hear it from me. I tried to do the right thing by them."

Martin said football-wise, the timing was awful to move.

"This year's seniors I coached in middle school when I first got there. In that sense, the timing couldn't have been worse," Martin said.

Personally, between his family connections and other factors, it was the right time.

"Football is my passion, but teaching is my career," Martin said. "The opportunity came up and it doesn't very often."

In his stead, the rest of the current Mount Anthony coaching staff will take the reigns as practice begins on Monday. To that end, assistants Bill Hay and Jim Fischer have both been head coaches for the Patriots.

"I talked to the coaches beforehand and made a contingency plan whether this happened or not," Martin said. "That might be the hardest part, because of how close it is to the season. Guys have been on vacation [over the past couple weeks], so it's been a bit scattered."

As for coaching, Martin said he may try to work on a volunteer basis with the Spartans.

"Football is like an itch that I just can't scratch," Martin said.


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