Assistant Coach, Loyola University Chicago (Men)
NCAA Division I-II
Matt Martin is now in his second season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the men's volleyball team at Loyola University Chicago. Last season, he helped the Ramblers finish in a tie for third place in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) with a 17-14 record and reach the semifinals of the MIVA tournament.
Prior to Loyola, Martin spent five years as assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio State University, and one season at Rutgers University-Newark. While he was at Ohio State, the Buckeyes reached the NCAA championship semifinals.
Martin credits his parents and former coaches with helping guide him into his coaching career.
"Volleyball is a sport that I grew up with and my family instilled a love and passion for when I was young," he said. "My aunt coached for many years at a local high school and I went to watch her matches when I was very little.
"Other than my family, my coaches had a profound impact on my decision to become a coach. Ron Lehman and Roger Jury among others taught me about life as much as athletics."
One of Martin's career goals is to one day become be a head coach.
"I would like to be a head coach some day when the right opportunity presents itself," he said. "But, in the meantime, I am satisfied with teaching and guiding such fine young athletes towards all of the positive things that a true team sport like volleyball has to offer in life."