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OWU's Martin Elected to United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame

OWU's Martin Elected to United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame

Courtesy of Ohio Wesleyan Sports Information

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Ohio Wesleyan University men's soccer coach Jay Martin has been elected to the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, it was announced today by United Soccer Coaches.

Martin will join George Herrick, a legendary youth and high school coach in New York, and Schellas Hyndman, head men's coach at Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University, as members of the 2020 class of the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame.  The trio will be honored at the association's annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 18 at the Baltimore Convention Center. They will become the 66th, 67th, and 68th inductees into the Hall of Fame.

Martin is the winningest coach in NCAA men's soccer history with a total of 708 wins entering the 2019 season, and was the first men's soccer coach in any NCAA division to reach the 700-win mark.  Heading into the 2019 season, he has guided his 42 Battling Bishop soccer teams to a 708-145-70 record.  His career winning percentage of .805 entering the 2019 season ranked 11th all-time in the NCAA.  In 42 seasons, Martin's teams have compiled a 276-28-21 record in conference play, a winning percentage of .882, and have won 26 conference crowns.  Martin guided Ohio Wesleyan to NCAA Division III national championships in 1998 and 2011.  His teams have reached the NCAA Division III semifinals 9 times, finishing as national runner-up twice in addition to the 1998 and 2011 titles. They have brought home 12 regional titles, including 9 in the last 15 seasons that the NCAA tournament included a regional format. Ohio Wesleyan holds the NCAA Division III record with 40 playoff appearances and has recorded 62 playoff victories.  Martin's teams set another NCAA record with 18 consecutive Division III tournament berths from 1978-95 and have won an unprecedented 23 Stu Parry Awards, the latter recognizing Ohio's top Division III team each year.

A 16-time Regional Coach of the Year, Martin also was named Division III Coach of the Year in 1991, 1998 and 2011.  He served a 6-year term on the NCAA Division III Selection Committee, including 4 years as chair.  He was United Soccer Coaches president in 1996 and has been the Editor of Soccer Journal since 2003.  He received the Bill Jeffrey College Long-Term Service Award in 2005 and the Honor Award in 2007.

"I'm very honored," Martin said.  "I've been very fortunate to have been the recipient of a number of awards over the years, but this one is particularly meaningful.  To be recognized by your peers as one of the best coaches in the country means an awful lot."

"We are excited to recognize three coaching legends with one of the highest honors bestowed by the association," said Jeff Farnsworth, United Soccer Coaches president.  "Paying tribute to two of the winningest coaches in college soccer history, and past presidents of this association, as well as a high school icon from my home state of New York is so gratifying for me as president. Not only have they been extremely successful on the field, but they've contributed so much to the association."

As the head coach at Vestal (N.Y.) High School, Herrick compiled a 469-88-38 record, an .820 winning percentage, during a 28-year career that spanned from 1968-96.  His teams won 14 Southern Tier Athletic Conference titles, including 10 undefeated conference seasons.  They won 18 Section IV championships, one New York state championship and one co-championship.  He was a 4-time New York State Coach of the Year and the 1990 national High School Coach of the Year.

Hyndman has compiled a 503-162-59 (.735) collegiate record in 36 seasons as a college head coach.  He was head coach at Eastern Illinois from 1977-83, where his teams finished as national runner-up once and finished third twice, and was the 1981 Division I Coach of the Year.  He took over at Southern Methodist University in 1984 and produced winning seasons in each of his 24 years at the helm of the Mustang program.  SMU made 22 NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the quarterfinals 11 times and the College Cup twice.  After SMU, Hyndman served as head coach for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer from 2008-13.  He was named MLS Coach of the Year in 2010 when he took FC Dallas to the MLS Cup final.

The United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame was established in 1991 to honor achievement in coaching, work on behalf of the association and lifetime contributions to the game of soccer.  Each year, up to three inductees are elected into the association's Hall of Fame based on selections made through balloting of the Hall of Fame Committee.  For more information about the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, click here.