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The Will to Win

At St. Martin’s, not only do we have the will to win, and the experience of winning, but we have been preparing to win throughout the six years that I’ve been Head of School...
It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.
– Paul “Bear” Bryant


At St. Martin’s, not only do we have the will to win, and the experience of winning, but we have been preparing to win throughout the six years that I’ve been Head of School. The winning revolution has been a quiet one, full of hard work, dedication, and determination. Our goal is simple: to excel in athletics at every level.

Here we are in the Fall of 2017 with all four fall sports teams competing at the playoff level.

Our football team finished the season with pride, having endured some significant injuries. We made the playoffs, so two buses full of excited players and fans headed to Abbeyville to meet the Vermilion Catholic Eagles on their field for the first round of playoffs. Though the Eagles prevailed, our boys gave it their all and walked away with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Our volleyball team gave us an exciting winning season, treating the fans to a new levels of excellence in their games. They made it to the Pontchartrain Center this year to play in the Quarterfinals. It was the first time in my six years at St. Martin’s that we played in the Pontchartrain Center. Our girls left everything on the court. Next year’s team is a young one, full of hope and promise.

Watching our cross country athletes complete a mile-long loop around the campus multiple times each afternoon is nothing short of inspiring. Their training is disciplined, and their goals are what drives them. It comes as no surprise to me that our boys’ team earned their third consecutive state title and our girls’ team won their first state championship in school history.

This year I attended the swimming state meet for the first time, and was so happy for the girls’ team, who took home a third place state finish in Sulphur. The boys’ team also fared well, placing fifth. Our swimmers are an impressive group of quiet, determined athletes.

Our winter and spring athletic teams offer great promise as well. The future of St. Martin’s athletics is very bright. We are growing past some lean years, as numbers go, and moving into a robust future full of larger classes, fuller teams, and stronger coaching. We have made a concerted effort to bring the St. Martin’s standard of excellence to our athletic program, and with Sue Bower at the helm as Athletic Director we are doing just that. As Paul “Bear” Bryant advises, it is the will to prepare to win that takes the day. And we are fully prepared to win!
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