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Date: October 28, 2002 (02-64)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
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Montgomery College Coaches Named to NJCAA Shrines
Phil Martin and Tom Bichy Will be Feted November 2

             Two long-time Montgomery College Rockville Campus coaches have received National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame honors.  Coach Phil Martin was named to the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame; Athletic Director and soccer coach Tom Bichy was selected for the NJCAA Region 20 (Maryland and Western Pennsylvania) Hall of Fame.

            Martin took over the MC-Rockville football program in 1982 and has compiled a record of 131-55-9, the best in school history.  Martin’s success on the football field is matched by his dedication to his position as a television production professor in the College’s Department of Visual Communications Technology.

            “I love teaching,” said Martin, “whether it’s on the field or in the classroom, and to be recognized by the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame is very special to me.  It shows that others see the importance of my job as both a coach and a mentor to my players. And to be held in the same regard as some of the most successful community college coaches in the country is quite an honor.”

            Coach Martin graduated from Montgomery County’s Sherwood High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.  He served two seasons as an assistant before being named MC’s head coach.  During his tenure at Rockville, Martin has served as president, vice-president, and secretary of the NJCAA Football Coaches Association. 

Awards have come frequently for the highly-recognized coach, including Central Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, 1984 through ’86, then 1988 and ’90.  He took the Coach of the Year honor for Region 20 six straight seasons, from 1985 to 1990, and was picked as Small College Coach of the Year by the Washington, D.C. Touchdown Club in 1990.  Martin currently ranks eighth in wins among active head coaches in the NJCAA.

            Tom Bichy has been a fixture at MC Rockville for 35 years, leading the Knights’ soccer team to a 422-155-43 record.  That victory total is the highest of any active soccer coach in the NJCAA.  He was named national coach of the year in 1997.  This year’s team is currently 12-2-2 and ranked ninth in the national poll.   

As athletic director, Bichy oversees 18 sports, including football and basketball.  He is a professor of physical education, health, and athletics.   Last year, Bichy and Montgomery College hosted the NJCAA Division III national soccer championships at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown

“I am deeply honored about this award, since Montgomery College has had so many outstanding faculty and coaches in its long history,” said Bichy.  “It has been very exciting and satisfying to work at Montgomery College as a coach, professor, and administrator and to be a part of its great tradition.”  

NJCAA Executive Director George E. Killian congratulated Martin and Bichy for their achievements, noting that both not only are outstanding coaches, but leaders who have contributed to the Association’s growth and development.

“Phil was one of the people who helped found the NJCAA Football Coaches’ Association,” said Killian, “Tom has been a top contributor too and, of course, he’s the winningest soccer coach in our history.”

Martin will be honored during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 2 before the Knights’ 1:30 p.m. game against Valley Forge.  He will also be recognized at a reception following the game in the Rockville Campus Faculty Dining Room.

Also on November 2, Bichy will be inducted into the Region 20 Shrine as part of the Hall of Fame basketball tournament at Hagerstown Community College.  Inductees will be announced at halftime of the championship game and honored at a post-game reception.  

For more information, please call the Montgomery College, Rockville Campus Athletic Department at 240-567-7593.         

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