Longtime St. Louis University High boys soccer coach Charlie Martel announced his retirement Friday.
Martel, the team’s head coach since 1993, owned a career mark of 514-183-57 between Kapuan Mount Carmel of Kansas and SLUH.
In 25 seasons he guided the Jr. Billikens to 18 district championships, eight state semifinal appearances and three Metro Catholic Conference titles. Of the eight final fours, it was the 2003 campaign when Martel led SLUH to its only state title with a 3-0 victory against Chaminade.
“He is quite accomplished in his coaching career, which causes his players to respect him as a coach,” said SLUH senior Will Rudder, who played three seasons under Martel. “However, I believe he is an even better man, a class act on and off the field. He taught me the values of courage, accountability, and being a man for others, a core value of the Jesuits taught at SLUH. He will forever go down in SLUH history and his tenure backs that up.”
Martel, who guided the Jr. Bills to a 21-4-1 record in his final season, was just the second coach in the 60-plus year history of the program.
SLUH athletics director Chris Muskopf said there is no immediate timetable to find Martel’s successor.
“The bigger St. Louis U. High picture is that we’ve been fortunate to have outstanding men, successful coaches, and I mean successful in terms of the impact they’ve had on young men, and they also won a lot of games,” Muskopf said. “I don’t know that too many high schools have the ability to reflect on the long tenures of two successful coaches.”
In 1993, he succeeded coaching legend Ebbie Dunn, who has the fourth-most wins in St. Louis boys soccer history with a 592-197-104 record and two state titles in 38 seasons of coaching.
SLUH athletics director emeritus Dick Wehner, who hired Martel to replace Dunn, said it was amazing to have…