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Tom Martin
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
Alma Mater: Davis & Elkins
Graduating Year: 1971
Phone: 540-568-6518
Email: martintr@jmu.edu
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Year at JMU:  29th in 2014
JMU Record:  349-156-54 (.673) (28 yrs.)
Career Record:  468-191-64 (.692) (37 yrs.)

Coaching Career:
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1st among active Division I coaches with 468 career wins

* 5th most wins all-time among Division I coaches
* NCAA Tournament (1992, 93, 94, 95, 96, 2000, 01, 05, 11)
* CAA Tournament Titles (1992, 93, 94, 2001)
* CAA Regular Season Leader (1990, 91, 93, 94, 95, 2000, 11)
* Head Coach, East Team, Senior Bowl (1984)
* NAIA National Titles (1984, 85)
Coach of the Year:
* NSCAA National (1984, 85)

* NAIA National (1982, 84, 85)
* NSCAA/Met Life South Region (1989)
Soccer News South Atlantic Region (1995)
* Colonial Athletic Association (1986, 89, 93, 2000, 11)
* Virginia Division I (1989, 93, 2000, 11)
Playing Career:

* NAIA National Champions (1968, 70)
* NAIA National Runners-up (1969)
* Davis & Elkins Team MVP (1968, 70)


For evidence of Tom Martin's coaching abilities, one merely has to look at the numbers.

He's the winningest active coach in NCAA Division I, with 468 career victories.  His teams have made nine NCAA tournament appearances and won two national championships, and his squads have recorded 32 winning seasons in his 37 years of coaching.

Martin's coaching career has been one of consistency, and that may be the feat most difficult to achieve in sports.  But year in and year out, Martin's teams have been successful.

His West Virginia Wesleyan sides won back-to-back NAIA national championships in the mid-1980s.  And when Martin stepped up to NCAA Division I when he came to JMU in 1986, he didn't miss a beat.  His JMU soccer teams have been steady winners over the years, and he guides a program that has attained the highest level of achievement in the history of JMU soccer.  Among the accomplishments of soccer at JMU under Martin:

- Sixth-winningest NCAA program of the 1990s
- Top five national ranking
- Nine NCAA tournaments, including two quarterfinals
- Four conference tournament titles
- Six conference Player of the Year recipients

In recent years JMU has consistently been ranked among the nation's top programs.  Nine of Martin's last 21 teams advanced to the NCAA tournament, and his 1994 and 1995 squads were NCAA quarterfinalists.  His teams won three straight Colonial Athletic Association tournaments and set a CAA record with a 32-game unbeaten streak that spanned four seasons (1992-95).  

Martin attributes the JMU program's success to several factors, including team chemistry.

"Chemistry is so important in a team sport. We haven't had an 'all-world' player or a 20-goal scorer, but we have had a successful combination of 18 to 20 players every year.  We've also been very fortunate to have the right blend -- good players, good competition and not too many injuries at the wrong time," says Martin.

"The challenge we face is to stay at the same level of success and competitiveness.  Ironically, it's easier to get there than to stay there."

A winner from the start
The JMU program has been successful since Martin's first year with the Dukes in 1986.  That year he won CAA Coach of the Year honors after guiding JMU to a 12-3-3 record and its first winning season in eight years.


Martin earned CAA coaching honors again in 1989 following his team's 15-1-3 campaign.  JMU's only loss that year was in overtime to eventual NCAA champion Virginia.  That season Martin was also voted National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Met Life South Region Coach of the Year and Virginia Division I Coach of the Year.

In 1992 the Dukes climbed to fourth in the Soccer America rankings, won their first CAA tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Martin was again honored as CAA Coach of the Year and Virginia Division I Coach of the Year after his 1993 Dukes won another CAA title and again qualified for the NCAA tournament.  JMU, appearing in the CAA finals for the third straight year, was the first team in the history of the league to complete regular-season play unbeaten (7-0-0).

Can you top that?  The 1994 Dukes did, winning their third straight CAA tournament and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals.  It took a loss to eventual NCAA champion Virginia in front of a record crowd of 7,807 to end JMU's stellar season.  Midfielder Kaarlo Kankkunen was named CAA Player of the Year and became the fourth of Martin's players to win that award, following Chris Simon (1989), Ivan Sampson (1991) and Brent Bennett (1993).

Amazingly, after the loss of five starters (including the team's leading scorer and two All-America and conference player of the year honorees), JMU returned to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1995.  Soccer News named Martin its South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.

A year later the Dukes received another NCAA tournament bid after playing in the CAA title game for the fifth time in six years.

Martin began the new millennium by guiding the Dukes to first place in one of the nation's premier soccer conferences and an NCAA tournament berth, and he was honored as 2000 CAA Coach of the Year and Virginia Division I Coach of the Year.  In 2001 his team won its fifth CAA tournament title and played in yet another NCAA tournament.

In 2005 the team received an at large bid to the NCAA tournament, its eighth postseason appearance during Martin's tenure. 

In 2011 the Dukes finished first in the regular-season CAA standings and was awarded a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA round of 16.  JMU was ranked 24th in the final Soccer America poll and 20th by the NSCAA.

The Dukes have had only four losing seasons in 28 years under Martin, whose overall JMU coaching record stands at 349-156-54 (.673).

Competitive League Play

JMU's conference, the CAA, is one of the most competitive in the country.  In 2011 the league ranked sixth among the 23 NCAA Division I conferences, and the CAA has sent multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament 16 times in the last 19 years.  In 29 seasons 13 different schools have won the CAA title, and 14 different CAA programs have played in the NCAA Tournament.

Martin has coached more CAA Players of the Year than any other coach in the league.  The latest to receive that honor was CJ Sapong in 2010, a year in which Sapong led the conference in goals, assists and points.  

The four-time All-CAA First Team selection was later selected by Sporting Kansas City in the first round of the 2011 Major League Soccer Superdraft.  He was the 10th overall pick and the highest draft selection ever by a JMU soccer player.  Sapong went on to win the MLS 2011 Rookie of the Year award and was a member of the 2013 championship team.

Sapong was the fifth player in Martin's tenure to be drafted by the MLS, joining Kevin Knight ('99), Kurt Morsink ('07), Mark Totten ('07) and Nick Zimmerman ('09).

A history of success 
Martin came to JMU from a successful eight-year stint at West Virginia Wesleyan, where he coached the Bobcats to back-to-back National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championships in 1984 and 1985.  He was named NAIA national Coach of the Year in 1982, 1984 and 1985 and was honored as national Coach of the Year by the NSCAA in 1984 and 1985.  Martin also coached the East Squad in the 1984 Senior Bowl Soccer Classic.

He was also honored as an NAIA District 28 Coach of the Year six times, West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Coach of the Year five times and as NAIA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year three times.

In addition to the two national championships, West Virginia Wesleyan also won three WVIAC titles, two NAIA Area 8 titles and two NAIA District 28 championships under Martin.

In 1999 Martin was honored with induction into the West Virginia Wesleyan Hall of Fame.

Martin, who also coached one year at Tri State University in Angola, Ind., has a 37-year career coaching record of 468-191-64 (.692).  His teams have had only four losing seasons in that span.

The Lancaster, Pa., native earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Davis & Elkins College (1971) and was inducted into the D&E Hall of Fame in 1995.  He was a two-time team MVP and earned WVIAC all-conference honors at D&E, where he played on two NAIA national champion teams (1968 and 1970) and a national runner-up team (1969).  In 1972 Martin earned a tryout with the NASL Dallas Tornado and the Pittsburgh Miners of the ASL.

Martin earned a master's degree in professional physical education (1974) and a doctorate in physical education (1977) from West Virginia University.  He also holds a USSF "A" coaching license.

He and his wife, Cherylen, have a son, Sean, a 2007 JMU graduate and current assistant coach for the Dukes.

Martin Year by Year

468-191-64 (.692) in 37 career seasons

349-156-54 (.673) in 28 JMU seasons

Season

School

Record

Win Pct.

Postseason

1977

Tri State University

5-4-1

.555

 

1978

West Virginia Wesleyan

7-4-3

.607

 

1979

West Virginia Wesleyan

14-4-0

.778

 

1980

West Virginia Wesleyan

12-5-1

.694

 

1981

West Virginia Wesleyan

12-4-1

.735

NAIA Area 8 & District 28 champion

1982

West Virginia Wesleyan

16-4-1

.786

NAIA Area 8 & District 28 champion

1983

West Virginia Wesleyan

11-5-2

.667

 

1984

West Virginia Wesleyan

21-2-0

.913

NAIA champion

1985

West Virginia Wesleyan

21-3-1

.860

NAIA champion

1986

James Madison

12-3-3

.750

 

1987

James Madison

9-9-2

.500

 

1988

James Madison

15-3-3

.786

 

1989

James Madison

15-1-3

.868

 

1990

James Madison

14-5-0

.737

 

1991

James Madison

17-3-1

.833

 

1992

James Madison

17-4-1

.795

NCAA first round

1993

James Madison

19-2-1

.886

NCAA first round

1994

James Madison

20-3-2

.840

NCAA quarterfinals

1995

James Madison

17-5-2

.750

NCAA quarterfinals

1996

James Madison

14-5-2

.714

NCAA first round

1997

James Madison

12-5-2

.684

 

1998

James Madison

13-6-1

.675

 

1999

James Madison

11-8-1

.600

 

2000

James Madison

17-4-1

.795

NCAA first round

2001

James Madison

12-6-1

.658

NCAA first round

2002

James Madison

8-10-3

.452

 

2003

James Madison

11-7-2

.600

 

2004

James Madison

15-3-1

.816

 

2005

James Madison

12-7-2

.619

NCAA first round

2006

James Madison

9-5-3

.617

 

2007

James Madison

7-9-3

.447

 

2008

James Madison

6-9-3

.417

 

2009

James Madison

10-5-3

.639

 

2010

James Madison

9-7-2

.556

 

2011

James Madison

13-5-2

.700

NCAA round of 16

2012

James Madison

9-7-3

.553

 

2013

James Madison

6-10-1

.382

 
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