The hunt for a new baseball coach for Coffee County Central High School has come to a close as David Martin has been tabbed to head the program. Martin, who served as an assistant coach at Warren County High School this past season, was the head coach at Warren County Middle School for 4 seasons prior to that. During the time, he won 1 regular season championship and 1 conference tournament championship. Martin, who grew up in McMinnville, played college baseball at Motlow State Community College and Jackson State Community College before finishing his college career at Middle Tennessee State University.
“I am very excited” said Martin when reached by Thunder Radio on Thursday afternoon. “I grew up competing against this program (at Warren County) and I am honored to get a chance to join this program. “ he added. Martin went on to describe his self as an “old school coach who learned a lot of baseball lessons from my grandfather (Hall of Fame coach Jack Martin)” Martin added that he “wants to bring stability to this program and to these kids.”
CHS athletic director Ryan Sulkowski said that Martin “is a young, energetic up and coming coach. He has a strong baseball background and is passionate about the kids.” In the interview process, Coach Sulkowski said that they reached out to his previous principal “and we received rave reviews about his performance in the classroom” added Sulkowski. He went on to say; “He will bring a spark to this program. He is a great fit for our kids, our school, our community and the athletic department here at Coffee County.”
CHS principal Dr. Joey Vaughn was complimentary of Martin. “We had some outstanding applicants for this position. Coach Martin will bring a passion for baseball and a work ethic that will take this program in the right direction.” Vaughn added “I look forward to him meeting the team, the parents and the community and I feel he will quickly earn their respect.”
Martin takes over the program from interim head coach Jon Spears who replaced suspended Coach Brad Weir in February. Spears, who also interviewed for the head coaches job, thanked the administration. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve as interim coach and I am glad I was able to step in and help out.” Spears has also agreed to stay on as an assistant coach under Martin.
Coach Martin will get to see a few of his future players this weekend as Coffee County will take part in the Tullahoma 17U tournament. The Red Raiders play at 7:30 tonight at Tullahoma and will host a pair of games on Friday at Powers Field. Friday’s games will be at 4:30 and 8:30 against Grundy County and Central Magnet. Coach Martin will be made available for a community “Meet and Greet” on Friday afternoon at Powers Field from 3:30 to 4:30 prior to the first game.