Mar. 13—LEBANON — After seven years in charge of the program, Mark St. Martin has resigned as Lebanon volleyball coach.
St. Martin informed Lebanon Athletic Director Phil Levine of his decision this week, and spoke with the returning girls in the program on Friday afternoon.
"Being a head coach takes an incredible amount of time and energy and at this moment of my life I believe it is time for me to hand over the reins to a new coach," St. Martin said in a statement. "This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I have been fortunate to had the opportunity to work with some great players, parents, and coaches at Lebanon High School. Saying goodbye to my returning players is the hardest part of all of this, though I know they will move on and do fine without me, but I will miss them dearly."
Levine thanked St. Martin for his efforts at the school.
He noted that the coach had really built up the feeder program, establishing a base for the younger girls in the community.
"We truly thank Mark for all his hard work, dedication and commitment, not only in the volleyball program, but all of LCSC," Levine said. "He worked extremely hard over the years to build the LHS program from the ground up. He created a youth feeder and club program, providing opportunities for players to improve and be successful at the highest level. I understand and respect his decision to step down but he will be missed by all."
The Tigers were 102-87 overall and 23-26 in the Sagamore Conference under St. Martin's coaching, going 6-16 and 1-6 in the conference this past year.
St. Martin led the two most successful season in Lebanon history his first two seasons, going 26-8 (6-1 in Sagamore) in 2014 and 24-10 (5-2 in SAC) in 2015 — winning a share of the conference title both years.
Twice he led the Tigers to the sectional championship match, but Lebanon couldn't get that final win to claim the school's first sectional title.
"Building this program over the past seven years has been an opportunity that I will never forget," St. Martin said. "From the start of our first Tiger Club team of 10 players six years ago up to the three club teams we support now. I look forward to continuing to watch the program grow under the new leadership. I would also like to thank our superintendent, administration staff, fellow coaches, and parents for their support over the years and say thanks again for the opportunity to coach at LHS. Thanks again to all for helping make being a varsity head coach at LHS one of the great experiences of my life. Once a Tiger always a Tiger."
Levine said the search is underway for a new coach, and he hopes to have one in place before the summer program starts.
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.