Founded in 2013, Baltimore Celtic SC brings together elite players with top-tier coaches to improve each player’s technical abilities while also developing his or her character on and off the field.

Celtic fields teams from U8 through U18 in both boys and girls teams. Recognized nationally as one of the top clubs in the country, Celtic created markets surrounding Baltimore to allow more players access to local teams as well as the ability to try out for the elite teams.

Boasting a coaching staff of Division I, 2 & 3 college coaches ,current and former professional players, and top high school coaches,  we enjoyed unprecedented success with multiple state and regional titles and 6 National Championships in our first 5 years.

While Celtic has the most National Championships of any local club, we are extremely proud of our track record of a proven pathway to college. Each year, our college signings increase, and Celtic has earned a national reputation of producing top collegiate student athletes.

If you are interested in coaching or playing on with Celtic, please contact us at info@baltimoreceltic.com.

Passion, Energy, Execution, Personal Accountability

Everything we do starts with a passion for the game and a yearning to compete.  We start every session with a positive attitude; accept that our attitude is a decision; and make no excuses for negativity.  We also understand that proper preparation leads to execution.  We train as we play and play as we train.  We expect to out-work every opponent in every game; play intelligently; and execute efficiently. In order to achieve success, on and off the field, we must care more about TEAM than about self.  The attitudes and choices made by any individual member reflect on his or her teammates, coaches, and the Celtic organization as a whole.

Expectations of The Club

  • Develop an atmosphere of dominance
  • Demand excellence
  • Set the bar high and establish clear goals
  • Communicate effectively
  • Respect and care for players and staff
  • Promote consistency in players and staff
  • Produce elite players
  • Develop young men and women of exceptional character

Coaching Philosophy

Mike St. Martin
Director Of Coaching

“I am excited to work with an outstanding Celtic staff and to provide an environment where soccer players can reach their highest potential. Together we will continue to build a strong foundation of excellence.” — Mike St. Martin

  • Current Head Coach of Boys U16 Baltimore Celtic 2003 Team since U11
  • Mt. St. Joseph High School
  • Varsity Soccer Head Coach (1996 – Present)
  • Department Chair for Health and Physical Education Assistant Athletic Director
  • Coached Baltimore Celtic 99 Dallas Cup Finalist, USYSA National Champion Semi Finalist 2017 and USYSA National Champions 2018
  • Former Maryland Olympic Development Coach
  • Coached DC United Super 20 Team at USL Finals
  • Baltimore Sun Coach of the Year 2001, 2005, 2009
  • MACS Coach of the year 2001, 2005, 2009
  • NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year 2009
  • Elementary Physical Education Teacher 1992-1998
  • Coached Current Professional Players in Major League Soccer, Major Arena Soccer League, overseas and College

Each Coach is expected to:

  • Act as a model for the program
  • Select a staff that reflects the Core Values of the Club
  • Set clear standards and expectations and communicate them effectively
  • Receive input from the team and adapt specific goals for each season
  • Be available to players
  • Demand respect of self, team, and the Celtic organization
  • Demand the same dedication, loyalty, selflessness from themselves that they ask of their players
  • Accept personal responsibility for the individual and collective development of the players
  • Be an excellent evaluator of players
  • Game plan effectively and adjust accordingly
  • Care deeply for the players as young men and women
  • Trust instincts
  • NEVER miss an opportunity to teach

The Players

Each player selected will be the building block of a TEAM.  The young person, who chooses the Baltimore Celtic, will already possess the desire to be an elite player with some level of self-motivation and self-discipline. It is the responsibility of the Baltimore Celtic coaching staff to bring the best out of these players; to develop their technical skills and their character; and to create an environment in which these players grow as individuals, as teammates, and as human beings.

Each player is expected to:

  • Put in the work
  • Arrive on time for meetings, practices, and games
  • Complete the required off-field assignments
  • Set individual goals and put in individual work on the player’s own time to achieve those goals
  • Communicate effectively with coaches
  • Communicate effectively with teammates
  • Ask for guidance when necessary
  • Be an active member of the Club and their team
  • Be a leader.

Criteria for Selection of Team Members:

Primary considerations: Motivation; Selflessness; Competitiveness; Humility; Respect; Commitment; and Discipline.

Secondary considerations: Athleticism; Quickness; Intelligence; Awareness; Technical Ability; and Coachability.

I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.” – Charles Swindoll