Archbishop Spalding High School head wrestling coach Jim Nemeth has been named the new head softball coach at the school, replacing the Rev. Paul Martin.

Martin, the former dean of students at Spalding and four-year coach, has accepted an appointment as pastor of an EssexParish -- which will take effect on March 15. He recorded a career record of 63-14, including two straight Catholic League Tournament titles.

"I think it's a nice (career) move for me, but it's being made with mixed feelings," said Martin. "I've always enjoyed working with the kids, and softball has always been a special pet of mine.

"I think we've built a good program here, not just talent-wise, but with the quality of kids we've had. I'm going to miss it (coaching)."

Nemeth, a former Spalding junior varsity head coach who also serves as an assistant football coach, said he relishes the chance to add to a growing tradition.

"I know that I have some big shoes to fill in Father Paul, but I won't try to change the system here," Nemeth said. "You just don't try to change something that works."

Last year, Nemeth's junior varsity squad finished 8-2 during the regular season, placing first in the Catholic League tournament.

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