Chad Martin has taken over as head coach for the Judge Memorial Girl’s Lacrosse team. The previous head coach, Chad Staro, moved to the Heber area and took the assistant coach position at Park City. Martin comes to Judge with a love for the game and a desire to see it grow.
Martin grew up near Highland High in Salt Lake City. Playing football and hockey as a kid, lacrosse fit right in with what he enjoyed. While at Highland, the team won the State Championship back-to-back. He went on and played at Colorado State University for a summer, but due to a knee injury, he had to stop. He moved back to Utah and played in local men’s leagues and pick up games.
His coaching career started with youth football, and then grew to include basketball and soccer at the Boys and Girls Club. In 2007, he started coaching the East High girl’s lacrosse team. After four years there, he accepted the Judge coaching position.
“The administration at Judge is great to work with. I’ve actually met with the principal and A.D. at the school,” Martin said, something that is rare in a “non-sanctioned sport” state.
Another aspect of Judge that has impressed Martin so far has been the support outside of the school as well.
“The parents really support their kids and that translates into a programs success as much as anything,” said Martin.
After looking at Judge’s past records, it is evident that over the past few years, their program is becoming stronger and stronger. Martin has the mentality to continue take the program to the next level.
“I like to run up tempo practice, a lot of drills with small amount of people in them and keep them rotating. I hate to see kids standing in lines just waiting – in my mind you should catch your breath then be up again and ready,” said Martin.
With three full time assistant coaches and two part-time, he definitely has the resources to accomplish this. He plans on using his five assistants as much as possible.
Martin also pointed out that he is going to focus on the concept of ‘Team’. With many coaching changes in the past years, he feels that this is an area that he can help strengthen.
Judge’s region consists of Park City, Brighton, Juan Diego, Cache Valley, Murray, Skyline, Waterford and Olympus.