Mt. Airy resident Brett St. Martin talks about committing to Maryland for soccer.

Outstanding things keep happening for standout soccer player Brett St. Martin this summer.

St. Martin, a Mount Airy resident, was one of 22 players named to the All-USA Today preseason boys soccer team in mid-August.


In July, as a member of the Baltimore Celtic 99 club team, the Mount St. Joseph senior played in the United States Youth Soccer Association national semifinals in Texas.

"Club soccer-wise, you don't get much higher than where he was playing this year, said Mike St. Martin, Brett's father and varsity boys soccer coach at Mount St. Joseph.

But the most meaningful achievement came when Brett St. Martin committed to the University of Maryland for a soccer scholarship.

The defender chose the Terrapins over offers from several other Division I schools.

"I'm really excited to join their program," St. Martin said. "They're a huge school. I like the aspect of a big school. They are one of the top programs in the country."

He also settled on Maryland because of academics.

The 17-year-old carries a 4.33 grade point average, took advanced placement classes in economics and geography this past school year and this fall he'll take statistics, calculus, and psychology.

"I really like Maryland's business school, and that's what I want to major in," St. Martin said, who's interested in a career in banking or finance. "I really pride myself in excelling off the field."

Mike St. Martin said his son's heavy recruitment started after his sophomore year.

"When everything came together Maryland was definitely the one where he was most comfortable," the coach said. "He could have gone to other schools where maybe he would have seen the field right away. He knows he's always going to be competing for his job at Maryland and he likes that challenge."

Committing to Maryland will bring increased attention to the 6-foot, 160-pound Brett St. Martin this fall. He welcomes that challenge as Mount St. Joseph opens its season Sept. 1 against Archbishop Spalding.

"I have a chip on my shoulder that I have to prove myself in every game, since I'm going to Maryland," St. Martin said. "Other teams will judge me."

His father agrees, and he thinks it's a good thing.

"He'll definitely be in the spotlight," Mike St. Martin said. "He put a target on himself, but it's a good target to have. It's something he's worked hard for, and he's still getting better and better."

Mount St. Joe's Brett St. Martin has a header taken away by Calvert hall keeper Kyle Cooper from their game in 2016.
Mount St. Joe's Brett St. Martin has a header taken away by Calvert hall keeper Kyle Cooper from their game in 2016. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

At Mount St. Joseph this will be Brett St. Martin's third year as a full-time starter. He earned Baltimore Sun All-Metro honors last season.

He helped the Gaels pitch 10 shutouts as they went 15-3-3 and reached the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals.

“My favorite thing about Brett is how composed he is,” Mount St. Joseph assistant soccer coach Geaton Caltabiano said. “He’s always so under control. He’s so calm. He’s never panicking. He’s never nervous in any situation. I’ve never seen a center back at his age as comfortable with the ball at his feet and under pressure as he is.”

St. Martin was also a significant offensive contributor for the Gaels last year. He finished with five goals and four assists. He had game winners in three contests, including a 2-1 overtime victory over McDonogh in early October.

"A lot of the goals that he did score were big-time goals," Mike St. Martin said. "I think that put him on the map more."

Added Caltabiano: “He can play anywhere on the field because of his athleticism. You can put him at forward or center midfield.”

Brett St. Martin will serve as a team co-captain this fall.

"The coaches don't pick the captains," his father said. "They are selected by the team. I think that's a huge testament to him. It has to be earned."

Caltabiano can’t talk about St. Martin without recalling how he coached him in a Mount St. Joseph soccer camp in the summer of 2014.

"Just seeing his development over that time has been awesome," he said.