Following a career in which he helped build the County College of Morris (CCM) Department of Athletics while furthering the cause of student-athletes at two-year colleges, Jack Martin is being recognized by his peers across the nation.
Martin, of Randolph and the former long-time athletic director at CCM, has been selected as a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) 2013 Hall of Fame class.
“It kind of stunned me and I was pleasantly humbled,” says Martin, who has been involved with the organization for more than 30 years. “I think anyone in any profession hopes that if you’ve done a really good job that down the road your work will be recognized.”
Martin will be inducted on Friday, June 14, during NACDA’s 48th Annual Convention at the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, FL. He also has been asked to accept the enshrinement for the entire hall of fame class. Joining him at the ceremony will be his wife, Pamela, daughter Devon Martin-Jones and son-in-law Parker Jones.
Martin will also be inducted during the same week into the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Hall of Fame, an honor he received last year but was unable to accept in person at the ceremony in Dallas.
“I’ll be able to renew some of my deep friendships with the two-year group I’m largely associated with,” Martin says about NATYCAA, which he’s served as a member of its executive committee. “After so many years together in organizations, it will be nice to go back and talk about some great old times we’ve had. To have two honors bestowed upon me in three days, it’s special.”
It was Martin who was instrumental in securing Pepsi-Cola North America as the sponsor of the NATYCAA Cup, an awards program for two-year colleges and universities.
“That was one of my greatest achievements, to get a national sponsor with that much recognition,” Martin says. “We got them because one of my former players (CCM graduate Terry Ryan) was then vice president of Pepsi-Cola. He got into it with open arms and was delighted as a past junior college graduate.”
Martin worked for CCM from 1968 until 2002. Originally hired to teach in the physical education department and coach the newly created men’s basketball and baseball teams, Martin quickly became the coordinator of athletics in the spring of 1968, and then the college’s first athletic director in 1971. He also continued to coach the men’s basketball team through the 1997-98 season.
Under Martin’s watch, CCM won 35 New Jersey state championships and 29 Region XIX titles. He also won eight state titles and three regional championships as basketball coach. He currently holds New Jersey’s all-time college basketball coaching wins record. Martin is also a member of the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame and the Morris Hills High School Hall of Fame, of which he is a graduate, former teacher and boys basketball coach.
NACDA is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention.
“We look forward to welcoming Jack into the NACDA Hall of Fame at our Annual Convention in June,” said NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione. “This is a well-deserved honor for a man who helped make NATYCAA what it is today, while dedicating his life to the County College of Morris and the athletic director profession. His induction into multiple other halls of fame is a testament to his leadership and vitality to the profession.”