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GOSHEN – After spending most of her life associated with basketball, North Oldham High School Lady Mustangs’ coach Nancy Martin has decided to call it quits.
Martin, the only head coach the NOHS program has had since it opened seven years ago, decided last week to resign.
“Looking back on it, I have been involved in basketball for 30-plus years either as a player or a coach and I need a break,” Martin said. “I think the program is in a good place. The last two years we have had a winning record and whoever comes in will be in pretty good shape.”
While the Lady Mustangs have yet to reach the regional tournament in a district with regional powerhouse South Oldham and a re-emerging Oldham County program, the past two teams have posted records of 14-10 and 14-11.
Nest year’s team returns a solid nucleus led by one of the Eighth Region’s best players in 5-foot-10 senior swing man Nicole Bryant, a two-time all region selection who averaged 17 points a game last year.
Also back is senior point guard Meghan Welle and guard Morgan Spaulding along with a pair of talented inside players in Taylor Moore and Brianna Salinas.
Martin is one of the most storied high school athletes in Kentucky history and was inducted into the Dawahares/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame two years ago.
As a basketball player at Oldham County High School she led the Lady Colonels to the state championship as a junior and was the MVP of the tourney.
She signed to play at Western Kentucky University, but a pair of knee injuries cut both her high school and collegiate careers short.
Martin also won seven individual state titles in cross country and track and led the OCHS cross country team to state championship as well.
Martin is not ruling out a return to coaching.
“I may try my hand at something else in the future,” Martin said. “I haven’t really coached any track or cross country and I have always loved those sports. I might try something like that where you can be a little more individual oriented with the kids. Before I do anything, I am going to relax a bit.”
Martin is married to NOHS head football coach Billy Martin and enjoys pursuing her favorite hobby, photography, shooting sporting events from the sidelines every fall.
“I think it’s going to be fun to just be the wife of a head football coach for a while,” she said. “We’ll see how that goes.”
Martin will close this version of her coaching career this July when she serves as co-coach of the Seventh/Eight Region all-star team with former OCHS head coach and current Mercy coach Mark Evans in the East/West All-Star game at Bellarmine.
“Now that I am done it is like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” Martin said. “I have been thinking about it for a year or so. It’s just time. I still have a passion for the game of basketball, like I said, I just need a break.”
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