Coach Antisdale to be honored

Lauralton Hall is pleased to announce that former head tennis coach Martin “Marty” Antisdale has been recognized by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association as the 2012-2013 Outstanding Girls Tennis Coach of the Year.

Marty began coaching at Lauralton in 1996 and continued as head coach through the 2013 season. During this time he also coached volleyball and freshman basketball and assisted with the cross country team. Last year he announced his retirement and informed the school that the 2013 tennis season would be his last. “I have enjoyed coaching at Lauralton,” stated Antisdale. “The girls are fine athletes with a determined spirit for winning. We have always combined working hard to achieve our goals with an understanding that it’s also important to have fun.”

Marty retired with 236 wins under his belt, representing 70% of games played. He led the team to the State Tournament seventeen out of his eighteen coaching years, achieving State runner-up status once. Under his tutelage tennis teams took the SWC league championship twice and won the league tournament championship in 2000. Marty was named New Haven Register Girls Tennis Coach of the Year in 1999 and again in 2006. Throughout his tenure, he provided much needed support on the sidelines, keeping each year’s team strong and playing their very best. He served on the CIAC Girls Tennis Coaching Committee from 2000 to 2013 and on the tournament committee from 2003 to 2013.

A longtime Milford resident, retired business executive and avid tennis player and fan, Marty volunteered for many years at the New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament in New Haven and has served as a member of the Boys and Girls Village Board of Directors for more than 25 years.

Marty’s former players fondly remember the memory book he put together at the end of each season and presented to each of his players. A compilation of the team’s activities including the roster, team and player stats, newspaper articles, team and player awards and the like, the book was often referred to as the “tennis yearbook.” Several current students who had the privilege of being trained by Coach Antisdale sent good wishes and congratulations upon hearing that he would be honored:

“There are no words to describe Marty. He is one of the greatest coaches I’ve had the privilege to play under. Marty always had a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face. I always looked forward to our tennis season because of him. Tennis is one big family, and it is all because of Marty. He made Lauralton tennis what it is today, and I could not be more grateful that I had the opportunity to meet such an incredible man. I wish him the best of luck in his retirement!” – Meredith Peloso ‘14

“I first met Marty as a scared freshman trying out for the tennis team. I was so nervous to meet him, but when I finally did my nerves were settled. His reassuring demeanor and pleasant smile gave me confidence to play the way I knew I could. Three years later, I still cherish everything he has done for me and the team as both a coach and a mentor. I am thrilled that he is being recognized by others because I know all of us players wanted to show how truly amazing he is! Congratulations Marty and thank you for being the foundation of such a wonderful sport team for so many girls.” – Kiernan Black ‘14

“As a coach, Marty has always been supportive and encouraging, no matter the score. He knows how to give me the confidence I need to play my best. I will miss him telling me to, “Get to it” in between sets, and his patience during my notorious three-set, nail-biting matches. He has helped establish a very special tennis team for Lauralton Hall, one that I will always remember for the laughs, cheers and good-natured drive to play the game of tennis exactly the way we like it.” – Beth Lamonte ‘14

Marty will receive his award at the Connecticut High School Coaches Awards Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville on May 8. For information about the awards dinner please contact the Athletic Office at jgallagher@lauraltonhall.org or 203-877-2786, ext. 161.

Congratulations Marty!

 

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