High School Baseball

Martin won't return to Lexington Catholic baseball

Rodney Martin won't be returning for a second stint as Lexington Catholic's baseball coach after all.

A week after the school announced that Kevin Clary had been fired as coach and that Martin would return to lead the Knights, the administration changed its mind.

"After further discussions with Rodney, we just felt this was not the best time to move forward with that situation," Lexington Catholic athletic director David Gadberry said.

Martin, who was a star player for the Knights in the early 1980s, coached the team for 13 years, winning state titles in 1999 and 2006. He retired before the 2009 season, and Clary, his assistant, was promoted to head coach.

Clary led Lexington Catholic to the state championship in his first season.

Last week Gadberry announced that Clary was being let go, and that Martin would reassume those duties.

Gadberry said there is no timetable to make a decision on who will coach the Knights.

"It could be a month, or a couple months," he said. "We want to evaluate the program and look at the best possible coaching situation for Lexington Catholic."