Steve St. Martin
Coach Steve St. Martin has been the head varsity boys basketball coach at Westwood High School for the past 9 seasons. The 2019-2020 season will be his 10th as Head Coach.
Through the first 9 seasons as the head coach at Westwood, the team has compiled a 137-67 record while being committed to playing a tough non-league schedule against some of the top division 1 and 2 teams. Wins include: multiple state tournament victories, 2 Riley Classic Championships, 3 Tri-Valley League Championships, a Winter Classic Championship and an undefeated (20-0) regular season in the 2014-2015 season, which led to him being named the 2014-2015 Tri-Valley League Coach of the Year. He was named Tri-Valley Coach of the Year for a second time for the 2018-2019 season. He has also coached numerous Tri-Valley League All-Stars, 3 TVL MVPs, and a Regional All-State player.
For the 2018-2019 season, the Wolverines ended with a record of 19-5 (18-4 Regular Season, 15-1 TVL record),. This earned the team the Tri-Valley League Large Championship and Coach St. Martin the honor of TVL Coach of the Year. In the State Tournament, the #4 Seed Wolverines won their opening round matchup at home against the #13 seed O'Bryant Tigers (67-55). In the second round of the tournament, the Wolverines fell to the #5 seed, New Mission Titans (58-44).
In addition to coaching at Westwood High, St. Martin formed and coaches the Greater Boston All Star Team with former assistant and current Lincoln-Sudbury head coach, Mike Normant. Using the connections Coach St. Martin made as a player, this All Star team travels to different parts of Europe to play against some of the top competition that part of the world has to offer. The program is not just about basketball. Coach St. Martin and Coach Normant use basketball to teach about life. The players learn about leadership, independence, and appreciation. In the inaugural summer of 2014, the team traveled to Germany and played against not only U19 National Team Players, but some profession teams as well. In addition to a top notch basketball experience, the players were exposed to the history and culture of that area. In the summers that have followed, the team has traveled to Germany, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, and the Czech Republic. The Greater Boston All-Stars recently merged with the New England Spartans AAU Club run by Westwood Varsity Assistants Pat Harris and Ryan Douglass.
St. Martin, with his brother Dave, the former coach at Walpole High School present Catholic Memorial assistant coach, Mark Champange (former coach at King Philip High School), and Doug Alves (Bridgewater Raynham High School) formed "Foundations 4 Success". This group provides quality skill building clinics that use the game of basketball to teach life lessons. The fall of 2016 was the first such clinic held at MPlex and drew over 80 high school players from many different high schools and of all different grade levels. The group has expanded to offer fall and spring clinics as well as a Summer Camp.
Prior to the start of his coaching career, St. Martin played basketball professionally in Germany, as well as in Mexico. In his second season playing in Germany, he was elected Player-Coach halfway through the season. With the opening of the NBA’s Developmental League, St. Martin set his sights on returning to the USA to play. In the summer of 2004, while training for a chance to tryout for the NBA DL, Coach St. Martin collapsed again and was forced to retire from basketball for good.
Before playing professionally, St. Martin had already once retired from playing because of an ailing heart. He spent a year coaching as an assistant at his alma mater, Assumption, where he recruited players, ran the training programs, scouted teams, and helped plan practices.
As a college player, St. Martin finished his career at Assumption College playing for NABC Hall of Fame Coach, Serge DeBari. St. Martin helped turn a 1-53 team, into a NE-10 Tournament Champion and NCAA Regional Semi-Finalist, increasing the school’s win totals every year as a player (6-18, 14-12, and 23-10 in his senior season as a co-captain). Despite having a serious heart condition, he never missed a start in his senior season, was named Defensive Player of The Year, and led the NE-10 in steals for the second straight season. Bringing the Greyhounds into the NCAA Tournament his senior season, he recorded a career high 14 assists against LeMonye in the NE-10 Tournament Semi-Finals.
Coach St. Martin had a brief stop at Division 1 Northwestern State University in Louisiana where he sat out his transfer year and underwent a second heart surgery.
Coach St. Martin started at a small NAIA school named Thomas College. There he scored 34 points twice as well as scoring 24 in the first half of a game and earned Rookie of The Year Honors, despite playing in only 20 games due to collapsing on the court and having his season cut short due to heart surgery.
As a high school player, Coach St. Martin played at Catholic Memorial High School. As a tri-captain in his senior season, he led the team in assists and steals, finishing second in points despite suffering serious injuries due to a car accident during the season. Coach St. Martin helped lead the Knights into the State Tournament, losing to eventual state champion New Bedford in the semi-finals. As a junior, Coach St. Martin led the team in assists, steals, and finished second in points, helping lead the team into the State Tournament. In his sophomore season, Coach St. Martin played on a varsity team that lost to Everett in the Boston Garden.
Coach St. Martin is frequently sought after for speaking engagements in motivation, goal setting, and overcoming adversity. He has spoken at businesses, colleges and universities, and high schools, as well as various camps. Scouts, agents, and coaches in the professional, collegiate, and high school ranks ask him to evaluate talent. Players have asked to train with him, he works with people for nutrition programs and health-related goals, as well as students to increase their learning potential.
As a part of our program, St. Martin will coach the NESB – Greater Boston All Stars and will continue to bring that team to play overseas. He will also be a key contributor to all other NESB teams as well.