While everyone else is filling out their brackets for March Madness, the Spartans are still basking in the glory of the Middle School Girls’ Basketball 3-peat as Central Pennsylvania Basketball League (CPBL) champions.
The team is a spirited group of girls with a great work ethic. At the helm for the 2013-14 season was 5-year head coach, John Martin (51-33). Coach Martin began his career as the Middle School Boys’ Basketball assistant coach for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons under head coach, Derek Coates. He then became the Middle School Girls’ Basketball head coach for the 2009-10 season and has led them to three CPBL championships. This past season, Coach Martin was joined on the sidelines by Lindsay Bowman, serving as the Middle School Girls’ assistant coach.
This is Coach Bowman’s first year at the Academy as the Middle School social studies teacher, but she’s a veteran coach in her own right. After graduating from Dickinson University, she taught at Linden Hall School where she coached for three years, two as a varsity assistant coach and as head coach for one year. Coach Bowman then moved to Florida and coached at Tampa Prep as the Middle School Girls’ head coach for four years, capturing a league championship in her second year.
The 2014-15 season promises to be an exciting time for Middle School Girls’ Basketball, including re-aligning the coaching staff. The faces on the bench will be the same, but the positions will change. Current Middle School Girls’ Basketball head coach, John Martin, will become the Varsity Girls’ Basketball assistant head coach under Mary Toth, and current Middle School Girls’ Basketball assistant coach, Lindsay Bowman, will become the Middle School Girls’ Basketball head coach.
Both Coach Martin and Coach Bowman are looking forward to the opportunities in their new positions on the sideline. According to Coach Martin, “I’m really excited about the potential [the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team] has for the next several years. All but one starter is graduating, and several 8th grade players are moving up to the varsity team. I believe this team can make some noise in the next few years at the district level. I’m also very excited to now coach varsity players that I worked with in Middle School. They have grown as players, and I hope to help them continue to becoming better basketball players.”