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Date: July 1, 2003 (03-56)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College’s Longtime Football Coach Retires July 2
Coach Phil Martin Led MC-Rockville Team for 21 Years 

Montgomery College’s former head football coach, Phil Martin, has accepted a full-time coaching position at Shenandoah University, a Division III school in Winchester, Virginia. His departure, after 31 years of teaching television production at MC-Rockville and 21 years of coaching football, comes on the heels of the community college’s recent decision to discontinue its football program, due to budgetary constraints.

            “I’m moving on with excitement and a sense of hesitation after being at the College for 31 years, practically my entire professional career,” said Martin, who was named last year to the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fall.  “The College has shaped me personally and professionally, but I am excited about moving on to Shenandoah University.  Coaching at the university-level has always been a dream of mine.”

Martin, who lives in Urbana, served as assistant football coach at Montgomery College before taking the helm in 1982.  He compiled a record of 137-58-9, the best in school history.  He also led Montgomery College to three bowl games, two of which were for the NJCAA national title. 

 Under Martin’s tutelage, more than 180 of his players went on to four-year college teams.  Two of his recent players – Lamar King, defensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks, and John Kaleo, quarterback for Arena League champion Tampa Bay Storm – have excelled in professional football.

“I have a lot of fond memories of coaching football and teaching television at Montgomery College.  I am especially proud of the personal relationships with students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators that I’ve built over the years,” recalled Martin.

Throughout his coaching career, Martin garnered many prestigious awards.  He was named Central Athletic Conference Coach of the Year from 1984 through 1986, and then 1988 through 1990.  For six years in a row, Region 20 awarded him with the Coach of the Year honor.  He also took home the title of Small College Coach of the Year by the Washington, D.C. Touchdown Club in 1990.

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