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Lexington AD Martin Suspended Over Doctored Email

A school department spokesperson confirmed today, Jan. 23, Naomi Martin will be suspended without pay, beginning tomorrow for fabricating information in an email to Middlesex League athletic directors.

Lexington Athletic Director Naomi Martin has been suspended without pay for one week after admitting she doctored portions of an email from a parent, which she included in her own communication with Middlesex League athletic directors.

The suspension begins tomorrow, Jan. 24, as the Globe has reported and a spokesperson for the Lexington Public Schools confirmed.

In the group email, sent on Nov. 15, Martin requests permission from her colleagues to allow Lexington to play a single-gender basketball schedule in order to bring the program into compliance with Title IX. She also states in the email that a Lexington parent had informed school officials threatened a lawsuit and was “prepared to file her complaint against the entire Middlesex League with the OCR.”

The Middlesex League subsequently changed its schedule, discontinuing the double-header format it had implemented in the mid-1990s and instead having boys and girls varsity teams playing in opposite locations. That decision was made Nov. 20 and upheld Dec. 4, after student athletes appealed to the ADs with another option.

The parent Martin purported to quote from in her email was Lexington resident Kathryn Robb. And, as it turns out, she never threatened to bring a suite against Lexington, let alone the whole league.

In interviews over the past two months, Robb has denied ever threatening a lawsuit and Martin declined comment.

On Jan. 19, Lexington Superintendent Paul Ash, in an email sent to the same athletic directors who received Martin’s Nov. 15 email, sought to “correct the record” by explaining Martin had misrepresented Robb and calling her actions “unacceptable.”

He wrote, in part:

In the email Naomi included statements that were intended to convince you of the urgency of making changes to the women’s basketball schedule - changes which would bring the League into compliance with Title IX. While I believe the email was well intentioned insofar as it was written to advance the League’s compliance with Title IX, Ms. Martin’s decision to strengthen her advocacy by falsely stating that the League had been threatened by a parent with both a lawsuit and negative publicity for non-compliance is unacceptable and must be corrected.

The same day, Martin emailed an apology to Robb. And today, Jan. 23, a spokesperson for the Lexington Public Schools confirmed Martin will be placed on unpaid leave for a week, beginning tomorrow, Jan. 24.

Check back with Patch tomorrow for more on this story.

lexfam February 05, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Dan, the problems you imagine with parents and players would have happened before and after the AD took over, and if that were true there would have been no dramatic drop in athletic scholarships at LHS after the AD took over. I have following dozens of Lexington athletes across several years and it is quite clear to me that the number of athletic scholarships fell dramatically when Martin took over. So what we have to explain is the change that occurred, and that change cannot be explained by blaming parents and athletes. We have to look deeper.
Dan Holbrook February 06, 2013 at 08:23 AM
Since 2000 the only basketball scholarships were Finnegan, Dan Okeefe, Dane Dilegro, and Scott Tavares. Tavares left early to prep and was on one of the best prep teams in the country -right place right time for a scholarship. . Mark MacDonald would have received one if he didn't goto Brown and maybe Lawson too. But Lawson played for his dad who works at Bentley so I assume he went for free anyway. Obviously josh sharma would have been another. I don't see a dramatic drop off in basketball scholarships whatsoever -not sure about football. . It's very hard to get 80 to 200 grand worth of athletic scholarship money when you aren't that good. Remember - whatever division, college is the next level. Just because your child shines in the middlesex league does not mean they are scholarship worthy. If you looked at scholarship offers in the middlesex league over the last 14 years, I would bet that there were less than 10 in basketball. Someone prove me wrong. If its true that coaches aren't returning calls then that is horrible and it has to be dealt with. They can at least return calls and give their honest opinions. How would you react if they told college coaches that they don't believe your child is good enough though? If all my father knows in life is engineering, who is he to say that my coaches opinion of me is wrong? One thing I learned at LHS is EVERYONE LOVES THEIR KID!
lexfam February 06, 2013 at 03:26 PM
You are missing a ton of pre-Martin scholarships, Dan. How about the O'Keefe kids?? Danny and Jimmy both got full scholarships under Farius. In football, nationally ranked player attending U.S. Army combine in San Antonio and winning leadership awards got no interest after Martin took over. Nothing to do with parents over-rating kids - simple question of nationally ranked players not getting the scholarship offers that similarly ranked kids at other high schools across the state were getting.
TypicalLexingtonParent February 06, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I have to agree with Mr. Holbrook, everyone in Lexington does love their kid. I can't remember any football players at LHS that were scholarship worthy since the team in 2003. But the fact of the matter is, phone calls cannot go unanswered whether or not a player is good or bad it looks bad for everyone if the coaches and ad are not returning calls. It shows that they do not care.
lexfam February 06, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Glad that we do not have to rely on your memory, TypicalLexingtonParent. We can check rivals.com and U.S. Army combine attendance and pretty much figure this out, and when we do we find scholarship worthy players since 2003. We can check the all-league honors that typically get scholarships, and realize that LHS stands out as not having the scholarship offers compared to its peer institutions. Even if you were correct that none since 2003 were worthy, why not? Freshman team went undefeated just before Martin came on board. Simple statistics would say that there would have been the raw talent and athleticism that was not developed by the program and that is a huge problem.
TypicalLexingtonParent February 06, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Lexfam, I don't doubt the player your thinking of was a good football player. But Scholarship football players are big athletic fast game changers. College coaches would of found this player if he was that type of player. ESP if they are on rivals.com and U.S. Army combine. I am sure it does not help that our AD and Coaches didn't return calls but usually that doesn't matter with scholarship athletes. Last legitimate scholarship football player was the kid that went to brown. The next one might be the lineman they have this year.
lexfam February 06, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I may have believed you if the head coach at UMASS Amherst had not told me to my face that my son would have gotten a scholarship if the AD would have allowed him access to the football coach. And I am only one case - I don't know how many more cases there are like mine.
Dan Holbrook February 06, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Lexfam - Jimmy Okeefe played at Bates ncaa division iii. Division III does not offer athletic scholarships. The list I mentioned earlier is correct. CJ Enere was one of the best Bball players in the last 20 years. He played d3 at brandeis and babson. Tom Henneberry could have played higher but is a great d3 player now. Tom holds a 3 point record at lhs and was an all-scholastic. It's hard to get a scholarship. These were high quality highschool players on great teams. Typical lex - the last legit football player went to brown but Ivy League does not offer athletic scholarships. He probably would have had a scholarship had he gone somewhere else. Same deal with mark MacDonald.
TypicalLexingtonParent February 06, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Holbrook, agreed. I was counting them as the scholarship athletes. D1 to me means scholarship, we are on the same page. Lexfam, unfortunately if your son is not on a D1 program now then he is not a scholarship athlete. They would have given him a preferred walk on for the spring or at least the ability to walk on in the future.
Carl Eric Easton February 07, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Well they are there, my squad in 93 had 5 scholarship athlete's, 3 from hoops. make no mistake about it, the ride is tough, better to find the right school tyhan always shoot for the scholarship, either way you need a coach who knows the lay of the land + has the connections, knows everyone and vice versa. Wow, this AD is a nightmare, basketball just one issue Also, the program misses the legendary assisants that Coach Farias always attributed a great deal of his success to, former players, legends, and current players are shut off from the legacy, the former players that come back. Like now 2007 MVP T. Henn I'm trying to get a job down here in DC at my brokerage firm, why, because of Lex basketball, can't put a price on that. and it happened in Fall River years ago to tjhe man's mentor- anyone ever seen 30/30? haters understand how big this thing is? http://gorilladunkdaily.blogspot.com/b/post-preview?token=3l-6tjwBAAA.zF2W15pKZrA97nQ-w-aHsg.GHPrKqzsV_oU1Ye1zlQV4g&postId=4295251681426392784&type=POST u can imagine what led to this - she felt very powerful moving mountains with relative ease, and this inflated her sense and that ego caused this slip up, again unethical for an AD, non starter has to be removed. remember the lesson of Nixon and absolute power? that's what happened - hilarious what fly's with this town and what doesn't - all lenses and personal it seems.
TypicalLexingtonParent February 07, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Carl couldn't agree more. A lot of people commenting on this site about how they don't understand why people are upset about the firings or are applauding the dismissal of coaches don't understand what athletics are all about. High school athletics build strong men and women for the future. Unfortunately, the coaches that were in place during what I will now call the "glory years" of LHS are not around anymore. Josh Sharma is just the tip of the iceberg. Unless there is a change you are going to lose student athletes to private schools and our athletic program will go from a varsity level to a junior varsity level. The demographics of the town is already beginning to show this change and unfortunately our AD doesn't seem to care about whether or not our athletic programs succeed or fail. Tradition doesn't matter to Ms. Martin. Loyalty doesn't matter to Ms. Martin. Winning doesn't matter to Ms. Martin. HER AGENDA IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS TO HER!
Carl Eric Easton February 07, 2013 at 10:51 PM
thank u my man ! those are the words, her agenda, so very narrow. yeah i think the next step after hopefully the AD is removed or the next petition is to lobby for hand picked and willing successors to both football and basketball. "Glory Year" guys, and there are a ton of overtly qualified canidates. One that comes to mind is the famous Albert "Buzz" Middelton, (83) he was born to be a coach. I heard Jim O'Brien tell Bob Farias at Logan airport my senior year of high school that "Buzz" Middleton a former captain of his St. Bonaventure (A-10) was the best d guy he ever coached. And the way he played the game, a coach on the court with a lion heart. He's local - BTW look at the outrage this one recent pic took of the LHS gym, allot more of us out there then people think - much heart in this http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152493340320401&set=a.82461100400.148963.596385400&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_comment_tagged
TypicalLexingtonParent February 07, 2013 at 11:40 PM
That picture makes me sick! But that is exactly what happens when you put out a bad product. Like I said in previous posts we are dangerously close to being Stoneham High School
Dick Hertz February 09, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Naomi Martin MUST BE TERMINATED! Are you people in Lexington Nuts? Or are you just a typical rich town with left leaning ideals that when the chicken's come home to roost you circle the wagons? She did wrong, Ash is supporting someone how has done wrong. Terminate without predjudice and move on. This is the saddest response from a town in a clear cut case of bad ethics and lying I have seen in some time. Do the right thing.....terminate, replace and move on.
Dick Hertz February 09, 2013 at 09:14 PM
You know this woman. Stop lying yourself. She just needs to be fired. I would NEVER let any of my kids coming up the school system interface with her. I will teach them that she lies and cannot be trusted.
Dan Bernstein February 14, 2013 at 10:55 PM
TypicalLexingtonParent, If i might just interject. Your wishful (yet sarcastic) thinking has paid off as the Lexington High School Hucking Fooligans have improved the school's winning percentage, we went 29-4 last season, winning a tournament, and placing highly in many more. Our team did not receive varsity letters because we moaning and groaning until we got our way, we were practicing in every season, striving for greatness until we achieved our athletic goals. Finishing second in the state and tenth in the nation is something I do not believe any other athletic team at LHS can claim. That is not to say the football and basketball programs are not good, they are both very good! many great athletes are in those programs, and speaking as a current LHS student, I can say that they work hard pays off no matter how their season records finish. Concerning the name of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, the name is an intrinsic aspect of the team that has been around since the team's origins in the 90's. The team would be open to changing the name to the Minutemen to further promote school spirit if the team received better treatment, but that's another issue. The name has nothing to do with varsity letters, that resides in the work the athletes put in, the work that parallels many other athletic teams at LHS.
TypicalLexingtonParent February 15, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Huckingfooligan, Nothing against the sport or you personally. However, people were stating that one of Ms. Martins great achievements was helping out a team that is not even a Varsity program right now. Now I understand that a lot of work is put into it but if the MIAA does not recognize it than what can you do. The football and basketball teams WERE good. They will not be for some time thanks to the set back Ms. Martin has done. Bad coaches bad product. Huckingfooligan are you one of the ten students that has been to a basketball game this year? I can remember when they made people from Cambridge and other towns watch the game in the auditorium. Imagine that! Don't worry at least everyone in Lexington will now have a fair chance to play. Unfortunately, we will become the doormat of the Middlesex League in the process. But at least we have them Hooligans!
LifelongResident February 15, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Oh my God! We're doomed because other coaches now have control of sports programs that were in place for decades. Coaches who replaced LEGENDS that could've kept us winning and feeling great about ourselves. What's deeply ironic for me is that all this talk about Ms. Martin and Coach Hobbs should have been on the table when Farias was wreaking havoc with the student-athletes he had under his tutelage. Let's cheer for the boys and girls who take the field or court with courage and fortitude today and put the past behind us. Firing anyone will not bring Farias or his cronies back. Learn to live with it and move on.
Lex Resident February 15, 2013 at 06:53 AM
TypicalLexingtonParent, the football team has not been good for many years, well before Ms. Martin became AD. She cannot be blamed for it's recent struggles, as those have persisted for well over a decade. And once again, you refuse to acknowledge the many other teams that contribute to the athletic programs' success - tennis, swimming, soccer, track, cross-country, to name just a few. These teams are not "doormats" for the middlesex league, but have won numerous league titles in recent years. Simply because the basketball/football teams have failed to do so does not mean the entire program has. In addition, your final bit about the Fooligans in that comment is simply and blatantly disrespectful. I should hope the coaches you had in high school served as better models of supporting your fellow athlete.
TypicalLexingtonParent February 15, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Lex, Unfortunately I disagree what other sports has Ms. Martin made changes to the coaching staff? She fooled around with two programs that did not need changing. The football team was very good from 2004 on. Did you know and you prob didnt that from 2003 to 2010 Lexington High school football was never under 500? They actually won a Middlesex League Championship in 2003. The 2011 Team had more league allstars then all of those teams besides the 2003 team and won only 4 games. Come on if that isnt bad coaching I dont know what is. Basketball records 64-5 before the new guy took over. I just ask when was the last time they missed the tournament. Soccer this year 9-3-6 last year 8-5-5 down from the team that was ranked #6 in the country. Has the boys swimming team and track teams won middlesex league championships the last couple years? I don't know couldn't look it up. All I am saying is if the administration cared about sports the stats don't lie she is doing a poor job. All teams declining right now.
TypicalLexingtonParent February 15, 2013 at 03:17 PM
LifelongResident, you clearly do not care about the ATHLETICS need DEPARTMENT. You must understand the problem we have here. If teams cannot win in Lexington the athletes will leave and go to private schools. We all know most of the parents can afford it. Those athletes that take the field and court today and tomorrow hopefully will have courage and fortitude because they are not getting coached properly and they are not building any athletic skill. I just wonder what "life lessons" these boys and girls are now learning. God help us if it is everyone gets a fair chance! Which is the message that you Lifelong seem to want to push across table. Unfortunately, we are doomed if that is what kids are learning from sports because that message does not build better people. Farias, Tighe and others maybe gone but its no excuse for the joke of coaching staffs we have in place now.
Lex Resident February 15, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Actually, Martin has been behind several big changes for other teams. The track teams went from competing at low-quality facilities such as Woburn and Reading to nearly always racing at Reggie Lewis, BU and Harvard. Both track teams' coaching staffs have been expanded and younger, energetic coaches added. Did you know, and I bet you didn't, that the XC teams are defending ML champs? Or that the track teams sent more athletes to the state championships this year than in any year of the past decade? Or that several relays set school records this year? Or that, yes, the swim team has been ML champs for several years running now? These teams have undergone some some changes with Martin at the helm and it's been only for the better. So again, please don't characterize the entire athletics program as one sinking ship just because the football team no longer wins as many games as they lose.
carl_easton94@yahoo.com February 15, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I'm sure there has been some good during her tenrure. One element is the fact the AD, the Principal this is the last thing they won't to do (fire said AD), as it gives validation to the chorus of people we've seen come out of the woodwork whose voices in the stampede to fire the coaches that made Lexington, lexington, this is new lexington. and I imagine the powers that be must be pissed she opened up this discussion. In the minuteman, the first three articles are on girls sports, they won, martin + lasa, u won - no doubt about that. There's a factor and you must talk to long time residents whose kids and kids went through this school system. lexington has jumped the shark years ago on parental interference. And it's out of control. Ash has to let her stay less he admit, they all really messed up. Again 5 principals in 12 years? That's the # you look at, the barmoeter of parents gone wild in lexington the great public school experiment is crazy The timing with Bob is something they'll answer for at some point in karma and maybe this is part of it,so gangster. But the hiring process was an inside job, the re-alignment of the league? frisbee, curling, etc. You've won, this is about trying to right a wrong (s), this is about accountability from our educators. The people that say it's a white lie, what's the big deal, this reaction is crazy are the same people that given a tide change of the politcal nature would be up in arms. And I call bullshit on that.
TypicalLexingtonParent February 15, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Lex Resident, your right I did not know about the swimming or XC team that is why I asked. It is great that these teams are succeeding in this very difficult time. It is awesome that we are sending more athletes to state championships for track. Swimming I knew was always tops in the league. It is good that these sports are able to hold on. Unfortunately, the sports that bring in $ for the athletic program are going down hill. However, have any of these teams head coaches been changed?
TypicalLexingtonParent February 15, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Carl, It is funny that the same people defending Martin will be the same ones in years to come. If they have kids in the athletic programs complaining about how athletics arent helping their kids getting into school, the coaching stinks and why cant we win any games. Just be clear I stated that Lexington will be the doormat of the Middlesex League before you know it.
Rick Jackson February 16, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Boys xCtry 7-0 Girls xCtry 6-0 Field Hockey 11-4-2 Football 4-7 Boys Golf 10-1 Boys Soccer 6-4-5 Girl's Soccer 9-8-3 Girl's Volleyball 8-11 Girls Swimming 0-3 Boys Hoop 9-13 Girl's Hoop 14-3 Boy's Hockey 5-13-1 Girl's Hockey 12-3-2 Boy's Track 4-2 Girl's Track 6-0 Boys Swimming undefeated Wrestling 1-5 Those are the records - some good, some bad, judge for yourself....everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Compare them to the rest of the league. Compare them to previous LHS Athletic Directors. Then make up your own mind - everyone who has posted here so far (me included) has their own bias, their own viewpoint, and their own agenda. But the records and information are there to be had. Go to a game - watch the way the coaches, kids, parents, and spectators behave, compete, and interact and then decide whether these programs represent our town well. If so, keep her. If not, make a change.
Carl Eric Easton February 16, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Varsity sports in the town of Lexington have been emasculated
TypicalLexingtonParent February 16, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Girls sports look good, mens sports not good. I guess that is what they brought martin in for. Barely over 500
Hilary Eagan February 17, 2013 at 01:32 AM
I guess if you have a boy that plays individual (not team) sports or a girl playing team sports, you would be happy. One thing I have noticed - if you are a freshman girl you can play and start at the varsity level, but not so for boys.
TypicalLexingtonParent February 17, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Hilary, this is true. However, it usually is a very bad sign if a freshman is starting on varsity. Esp. in the contact sports

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