IU Softball Where Are They Now? - Peggy Martin
Dec. 20, 2006
During the 2006-07 campaign, IUHOOSIERS.com will catch up with some remarkable IU softball alumnae to see where life has taken them since their days as Hoosiers. Peggy Martin, who earned three letters for IU in the early 1970s, kicks off the season-long series.
Peggy Martin, a former three-sport student-athlete for the Hoosiers and current head volleyball coach at Central Missouri State recently concluded one of the most unforgettable seasons of her career. The all-time winningest active volleyball coach at the NCAA Division II level, Martin notched her 1,000th career victory on Oct. 21.
A 1972 graduate of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), Martin captained the IU women's basketball team to three straight AIAW Tournament berths in addition to earning four letters in softball and three in field hockey. She later completed her doctorate in physical education at Indiana in 1980.
"I learned so much at Indiana," Martin said. "Being from Alabama, I went to IU by way of a miracle. I fell in love with Bloomington and my coaches. Every one of my coaches touched my life. I learned so much from each of them, and I was able to take so much away from them to find out what philosophy worked best for me. I enjoyed every experience I had at IU."
In 31 seasons with the Jennies, Peggy Martin holds a 1,000-262-8 (.791) record. Additionally, she is the dean of Central Missouri State University's coaching staff. Martin has mentored an impressive 26 All-Americans while at the helm of CMSU.
In April, she was inducted into her hometown Sports Hall of Fame in Mobile, Alabama.
Under Martin's guidance, the Jennies have won at least 25 matches for 29 straight seasons and have won or shared 19 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association crowns since the league began sponsoring the sport in 1982. Her teams have also made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances in a row, the most in Division II history, and have reached the Elite Eight seven times, highlighted by a national runner-up showing in 1987.
Martin has been chosen MIAA or Missouri AIAW State Coach of the Year a total of 15 times and AVCA South Central Region Coach of the Year on six occasions. She was selected as AVCA Division II National Coach of the Year in 1987 after directing the Jennies to their second-place NCAA Tournament finish and a 42-4 record.
Martin came to CMSU in 1975 as head volleyball and softball coach. In 11 years as the school's softball coach, she led the Jennies to a 174-156 record and two MIAA titles and was twice chosen league coach of the year.
Current Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips, who is now in her third season at the helm of the Hoosier program, believes Martin has paved the way for coaches and student-athlete much like herself.
"So many of us can learn a great deal from women like Coach Martin," Phillips said. "Not only was she a successful athlete and coach, but clearly a successful person all around. Women like Peggy are the ones that have paved the way for not only my generation of coaches, but also generations of players to have such phenomenal opportunities. Much thanks to Coach Martin for taking the bat and hitting a home run in life while setting such an impressive example."
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