Veteran HBCU Athletics Administrator Jim Martin passes
January 16, 2009
Former Alabama A&M Director of Athletics and alumnus, James (Jim) Martin, Sr. passed away Wednesday night in Huntsville. Martin, who graduated from Alabama A&M in 1966 and played running back for legendary coach Louis Crews, served as the athletics director from 1997 to 2005 and helped usher the Bulldogs through the transition from NCAA Divsion II to Division I and entry into the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
"The Alabama A&M athletics family is saddened by the passing of Coach Martin," current Director of Athletics Betty Austin said. "All Bulldog fans are appreciative of the leadership and vision he supplied to the athletics department in his years as director. He will be remebered as a true Bulldog and Normalite. Our condolences are with the family at this time of loss."
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Martin earned a Bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation on "The Hill," and in 1970 earned a Master's degree from the University of Alabama
Beginning in 1970, Martin coached football and baseball at Tuskegee. As head baseball coach, Martin guided the Golden Tigers to 10 SIAC championships in 18 years, placing three pitchers in the major leagues. After 13 years as an assistant football coach at Tuskegee, Martin was given the head job in 1983. He compiled a 44-42-2 record over nine years, winning two SIAC championships.
In 1988, Martin made his entry into athletic administration as the Director of Athletics at Tuskegee. He also served as the athletics director at South Carolina State (1993-95) and Long Island (1995-97) before returning to his alma mater.
Martin is survived by his wife Joyce, and three adult children, Jay (James, Jr.), Jennifer, and Joy. Jay currently serves as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Alabama A&M.