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Peggy Martin

Peggy Martin

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Ask UCM sports fans to name the university’s greatest coaches and there’s one name that will make a lot of lists – Peggy Martin. The legendary Jennies volleyball coach retired in December 2008 after devoting 33 years to making UCM a top NCAA Division II volleyball competitor.

With Martin as coach, the Jennies won at least 25 matches for 31 consecutive seasons, while racking up 1,064 wins. Martin’s teams won or shared 19 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) titles since the league began sponsoring the sport in 1982. She led her teams to 26 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, the most in NCAA Division II history, and reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals six times. Among her many career highlights was guiding her team to a national runner-up showing in 1987. The same year, she was recognized nationally by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as Division II Coach of the Year.

Martin continues to earn accolades well after her retirement from UCM. On Dec. 17, 2009, she will be honored by AVAC once again when it inducts her into its Hall of Fame. This fall she plans to begin coaching duties at the NAIA-Affiliated Spring Hill College.

Martin began her professional career as a coach after earning a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University in 1972. She was an assistant coach of women’s volleyball and assistant basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she earned a master’s degree. Martin served as women’s volleyball assistant coach at Florida Southern College for one season before joining UCM in 1975. She earned a doctorate at Indiana University in 1980.