Tom Lemon

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Few schools in the state’s rich athletic history were as dominant in their sport as Tom Lemon’s St. Mark’s High School baseball teams were during his incredible 16-year run as head coach. He built
St. Mark’s into a powerhouse on the diamond, leading the Spartans to an overall record of 245-75 (.765 winning percentage) that included eight state championship appearances, including state titles
in 1985, 1988, 1994, and 1997. Before Lemon took over his alma mater’s program, St. Mark’s had never won a state tournament game. Seven of his players were drafted into professional baseball, most
notably 2017 Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame inductee and University of Delaware All-American Kevin Mench and Delaware State standout Pedro Swann. Mench played eight MLB seasons with Texas,
Milwaukee, Toronto, and Washington (2002-10) while Swann played with Atlanta, Toronto, and Baltimore (2000-03). He was named the state Coach of the Year in 1985 and in 1986 he coached Delaware to the
inaugural championship of the Carpenter Cup Classic, a tournament with teams from southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. He also served as head coach at Sanford School (his son, Greg, was his
assistant) for two years and was an assistant at Wilmington Friends School for two seasons with his son, Mark, who served as head coach. He presented numerous community clinics and established a
Delaware Semi-Pro League team, Pro Physical Therapy, where he coached his sons. He also coached at Capital Little League, Capital Senior Little League, St. John the Beloved CYO, Brandywine Babe Ruth,
and Brooks Armored Car in the Senior Babe Ruth League. He served on the DSSAA Baseball Committee from 1990 to 1997 and is currently a member of the Delaware Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame Committee,
previously serving as coordinator. He was inducted into the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 and into the St. Mark’s High School Hall of Honors in 1997. 

 

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