Martin finds calling in coaching

by Abby Ferguson
Sports Editor

Life takes all of us on different paths not knowing where we may end up. These paths help create an understanding of where we are meant to be.

Before Transy, assistant coach Matthew Martin spent time on staff at Furman University and the University of Cincinnati.

For Matthew Martin, assistant coach for the men’s basketball and golf teams, his paths led him to Transylvania. Before Martin ended up at Transy, he attended Furman University, where he was a practice player and manager for the basketball team. He left after a year to follow his coach to the University of Cincinnati. After spending one year there, where he continued to work as a student manager, he transferred to Transy to finish his college career.

While Martin was attending Transy, the golf team won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference all three years and finished in the top 20 at the NCAA tournament each year. Martin also made the PING All-Great Lakes Region team his junior and senior years and was named a Cleveland Golf and Srixon All-American Scholar as a senior.

After graduating in 2010, Martin followed in the footsteps of his mother, father, brother and uncle by becoming a coach.

“I always thought coaching would be something I would want to do,” said Martin. “My parents (and family) are great resources, and now I know that coaching and teaching is all I want to do.”

Martin is in his second year of coaching at Transy, where he is also the head coach for the men’s junior varsity basketball team. He has come to cherish the time spent with other coaches.

“There’s no better coach to work for than Brian Lane,” said Martin. “Every day brings a new challenge and adventure. I’ve learned so much about coaching, people and relationships, and just how to enjoy what you do. Assistant coach Nate Valentine has also taught me a great deal.”

Another influence in Martin’s life, both academically and with coaching, has been Don Lane.

“I was fortunate enough to have him as a professor for many of my classes and tried to absorb as much about coaching and teaching as I could,” said Martin. “He also knows how to teach, and I want to model my teaching style after his.”

Martin’s colleagues see him as an essential part to the coaching staff because of his work ethic and experience.

“He has had the benefit of going through our program as a student-athlete and seeing the coaching from a different perspective. … He is one of those assistant coaches that knows the little things that must be done to run a successful program,” said Brian Lane, head coach of both men’s golf and basketball. “He also spent time with basketball staffs at Furman and University of Cincinnati, which enables him to draw from broader experiences.”

Coaching has been a rewarding experience for Martin and he understands the importance of his job.

“I love developing relationships with people, and seeing players grow as people and athletes,” said Martin. “One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that you cannot treat every player the same. Some players will respond differently to the same methods. That is why it is extremely important to get to know both your team as a collective unit and your players as individuals.”

“Matthew is a tireless worker that brings a great deal of experience to our staff,” Brian Lane said.

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