Matt Marty announced to his players Friday morning that he will not return as head football coach at Lutheran South. He has accepted the same position at his alma mater, Lutheran St. Charles.
"There's a lot of great students at Lutheran South, and it's been a pleasure to coach so many phenomenal young men and work with coaches that have put in so much time and dedication," Marty said. "That said, I'm very excited to come to Lutheran St. Charles. It's a unique opportunity that I think a lot of people would really love to have.
"I'm very fortunate to come back to my alma mater and be able to continue the principles that (former coaches Dave) Steinbacher and (Doug) Kuhlmann have established over the last 10 years. Setting that foundation in the faith and character aspects is something we want in our football program. To be a part of that is very exciting to me."
A 2000 Lutheran St. Charles graduate, Marty was a three-sport athlete in high school before playing football at Concordia University (Neb.). He got his first coaching position as an assistant while student teaching at Lutheran High School of Orange County (Calif.).
He became an assistant coach at Lutheran South in 2008 before taking over as head coach in ‘09. In two years at the helm, he guided the Lancers to a 6-14 record, but the win total increased each year since the program went 1-9 during his first year there as an assistant in ‘08.
"It was difficult at first, not necessarily because of the wins and losses, but because I saw the potential in the players and we were unable to realize some of that potential," Marty said. "We made a lot of strides, but the biggest thing I wanted was to get over the intimidation. The ABC League is a great league and I have a ton of respect for those schools, but some of our guys were afraid to compete against those teams. We began the process in the 2009 season and ultimately the confidence we got from our offseason training allowed us to start making steps toward competing against those schools."
Marty takes over a Lutheran St. Charles team that went 6-4 in 2008 but has gone just 3-17 since. Kuhlmann had been coach since 2001 but recently stepped down to focus more solely on his duties as an athletics director and father.
"We're excited about what he brings to the program in terms of his experience level from being in successful programs as an assistant and contributing toward the turnaround of a program at Lutheran South," Kuhlmann said. "The thing I'm most excited about is his vision for where he wants to take our football program. The vision is faith, family, future, and football -- in that order."
Kuhlmann hopes to remain involved in some coaching aspects of the football program, and Marty said he will be grateful for any expertise or insight he can provide.
"I've invested a decade of my life in the football program here at Lutheran High and have kind of molded it with my vision in those 10 years," Kuhlmann said. "I wanted to make sure the school hired the right man to take the reins and continue the vision I've developed and take it to the next level."
Marty is the son of Lutheran St. Charles principal Larry Marty.
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