Martin Inducted into MS Sports Hall of Fame
Former Coahoma Community College valedictorian, and football player, Myron C. Martin was inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday evening during the eighth annual induction ceremony held at The Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin County Campus of Hinds Community College.
The event sponsored by the Mississippi Community College Foundation and began inducting members in 2007. To date, 160 members have been honored including the 15 new members who received medals on Tuesday evening.
"Being inducted into the Hall of Fame was the exclamation point on my football career and will be one of the most cherished accomplishments of my life journey," said Martin. "Tuesday night's induction ceremony and being an inductee in the Class of 2014 with such outstanding and accomplished athletes, administrators, contributors to society, scholars, and coaches from the other 14 MS Community colleges was truly an honor and a humbling experience. And being presented the statue and medallion by my dear friend, CJC roommate and teammate, current CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner made the induction even more special.
"I thank God for the blessings, favor, opportunities to play and the talent to excel. I thank my family (my parents, siblings, relatives, and friends now and during my career and my wife Sonja and sons Myron Jr. and Myles now) and my Coahoma Community College and Clarksdale family for all of the unconditional support during my career. Lastly, I share this awesome honor with all of my former football teammates who are all such an important part of my football career and journey to this moment - from my Higgins Jr. High Bobcats to my Aggie High Tigers and my 1989 - 91 University of Virginia Cavaliers! But, most of all, I share it with my teammates and coaches from the 1987 and 1988 CJC Tiger teams."
The truest definition of a scholar athlete, Coahoma Community College alumnus Myron C. Martin led by example both on the football field and the classroom. His successful football and academic performances are stellar examples of what can be achieved through Mississippi’s community and junior college system.
As a punter for the Tigers football program, he averaged better than 40 yards per punt during his freshman season in 1987 before having a breakout season that earned him national recognition and praise in 1988. As a sophomore, Martin would lead the country in punting at the junior college level averaging 43.8 yards per punt, over 60 punts, with a long punt of 65 yards. He was named to the Mississippi North Division All-Star First Team, the Mississippi Junior College All-State First Team and the National Junior College All-American First Team.
Martin would continue his football career the following year at the University of Virginia where he would be a two-year letterman and be part of the first Cavalier football team to earn a New Year’s Day Bowl berth. UVA would win the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship during the 1989-90 season and travel to Orlando, FL to face the Fighting Illini in the Citrus Bowl. Martin averaged 37.4 yards (25 punts, long of 55 and three punts of more than 50 yards) for Virginia during his junior season and had four punts in the Citrus Bowl averaging 45 yards per punt and a long of 52 yards.
During his senior season, the Cavaliers held the No. 1 National Ranking for 3 weeks and played in their second, consecutive New Year’s Day Bowl (Sugar Bowl) against the University of Tennessee.
In addition to his stellar athletic career, Martin was also the Valedictorian of Coahoma Community College’s graduating Class of 1990 and went on to graduate from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce — one of the Top 5 business schools in the country. Since graduation, he has performed consulting work in the field of Business Systems Integration for Big Six firms Cooper & Lybrand in Washington, D.C. and Price Waterhouse in Atlanta Georgia. Martin currently works now works for Dell as an SAP Practice Systems Integration Sr. Consultant and has spent the last 15 years specializing in SAP ERP Implementation for Fortune 500 companies.
Martin currently lives in the Memphis area with his wife, Sonja, and two sons Myron Jr. and Myles, and enjoys coaching his son’s soccer teams, running 5K, 10K and half-marathons and traveling with his family.