Newport, KY – Newport Central Catholic High School announced today that it has hired Jeff Martin as head coach for its baseball team. Martin, a 1981 alumnus of Newport Catholic High School, will continue to lead the boys’ soccer program this year and will take on coaching varsity baseball beginning with the spring 2020 season. This comes after long-time coach Jeff Schulkens announced his resignation after being named the NewCath Athletic Director earlier this month.
“I am excited, honored, and privileged to be the new Newport Central Catholic High School Baseball Coach. I am following the footsteps of some exceptional coaches who have built a very successful baseball program. It will continue. I was mentored by three of the most dedicated baseball coaches to have ever coached: Tom Morris, John Lyons, and Bill Aker. Their influence on me as a player will continue to fuel my fire as a coach to pass on their knowledge and passion for the game of baseball,” said Martin.
He added, “Having walked the NewCath halls and played the field some 38 years ago, my passion for NCC continues to rage. I will coach and demand an “all in” attitude from the coaches, parents, and players. We will play “old school” baseball, and the results will be credited to the passionate, hard-working players. We will combine talent, work ethic, and passion to be the best over-achieving student athletes we can be. I will promise you two things: that we will work very hard and very smart. I earned the opportunity to play at the next level (Northern Kentucky University) and captained the 1985 Team to the NAIA World Series. I will be relentless to teach, coach, and mentor our student-athletes on and off the diamond; to respect all aspects of the game and to represent THE Newport Central Catholic with continued pride. I appreciate the opportunity and the parents’/players’ support. I’d like to thank Mr. Dawn, Mr. Schulkens, and THE NCC family for the opportunity that I will make the most of. “Let’s play two!”
Martin coached Campbell County Knothole from 2002-2010 as well as in the Southwest Ohio League in 2014. He has been the Boys Varsity Head Soccer Coach since 2015. While attending NewCath, he played football and baseball. He attended Northern Kentucky University (1982-85) on a baseball scholarship and had a successful collegiate career participating in the 1985 NAIA Baseball World Series and receiving NKU’s 110% and Senior Awards. Notably, he earned a try-out with the 1984 USA Olympic Baseball Team and captained the 1984 and 1985 NKU Norse Baseball Teams.
Principal Ron Dawn was quoted as saying, “We are excited to have Coach Martin take over the baseball program. He brings a level of passion, energy, and love of the game that is second to none. His leadership on and off the playing field is outstanding, and our student athletes benefit from his dedication to them and NewCath.”