Morgan County, IN – The MSD of Martinsville is pleased to announce Chris Sturgeon has been named a ‘2019 Academic Coach of the Year’ Finalist by the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP). Since becoming coach five years ago, Mr. Sturgeon has led the Martinsville High School Academic Decathlon team to three state championships and 3rd place at the national competition last year in Minnesota.

“I’m very humbled by the nomination as it came from my peers. I coach to improve Artesian students and push them to recognize their potential in challenging competitions.  The students not only learn new information but develop critical skills that will prepare them for the future,” said Mr. Sturgeon. ” I wouldn’t be able to coach the students without the support of the faculty and administration at Martinsville High School, my mentor, retired teacher/coach Wayne Babbitt, and most importantly my wife, Polly.   I hope to continue Martinsville’s Legacy of Academic Team success for many years!”

On September 23rd, Mr. Sturgeon and MHS students will attend the Indiana Coaches Conference to encourage schools to start decathlon teams of their own and where Mr. Sturgeon will be recognized for his achievement.

“We are very honored to be the home school of Coach Chris Sturgeon and the state champion decathlon team, ” said Dr. Nick Sears, principal, Martinsville High School.

The MHS Academic Decathlon team is already hard at work preparing for events which will begin in December.  To stay connected, please follow them on Twitter @Artiedecathlon.