Martin named new MHS athletic director

Martin named new MHS athletic director - A man smiling for the camera - Florida Keys

Lance Martin has been named the new athletic director at Marathon High School. He is replacing Teresa Konrath who has held the position for 12 years, and who will be staying at the school in an instructional capacity.

“I can’t wait to get going,” Martin said. “It’s going to be great with our new athletic complex. I am watching it take shape from my classroom window every day.”

Marathon High School is currently under construction — a $12 million project to install a new full-size track, move the football field, add parking, and elevate the existing ball fields.

Martin will earn a combined $69,000 as a “teacher on special contract” plus the athletic director position. Currently he teaches computer science in the middle school, and geography in the high school, but he won’t have any classroom duties next year.

Martin was the head MHS football coach from 2002 to 2013. He also spent a few years as the head baseball coach and has coached tennis. In 2019, he is co-coaching the track team alongside James Murphy.

“Lance Martin was chosen from a pool of great candidates. He comes to the position with teacher, head coach, and assistant athletic director experience,” said MHS Principal Wendy McPherson. “He has some very big shoes to fill but I am confident he can handle the position. He will be cross-training for the rest of this year and begin his duties during the 2019-2020 school year.”

Martin has a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and has professional certifications in social science, physical education and exceptional student teaching. He has taught in the Monroe County School District since 2002.

“We welcome Lance Martin to the Marathon High School leadership team,” said Monroe County School District Superintendent Mark Porter. “He is an outstanding candidate who was selected from a field of many strong candidates through a thorough selection process.”

In all there were 22 applicants, including MHS teachers James Murphy and David Hare. Applicants within the Monroe County School District received extra consideration based on performance reviews and the number of years they have taught in the Keys.

Sara Matthis thinks community journalism is important, but not serious; likes weird and wonderful children (she has two); and occasionally tortures herself with sprint-distance triathlons, but only if she has a good chance of beating her sister.