Martin wins ACAC south coach of the year
Good things come in threes for SAIT Trojans women’s basketball coach Donovan Martin. He’s been awarded the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference’s south division coach of the year award for the third time.
“It’s an honour, but it’s also a result of team work. I am a team with my assistant coach, Ranbir Parmar,” said Martin.
Martin’s distinguished career spans 42 years. Beginning as an athlete in high school, Martin then progressed into his college coaching career in 1980 at Mount Royal College.
Martin coached there for eight years, then took a break so he could attend his own children’s high school games. When they graduated, Martin coached the Cougars for another nine years.
In 2007 Martin, a retired teacher, joined the SAIT basketball squad. In just his third season, they won the ACAC championship.
So what is the secret ingredient that makes a good coach a great coach?
“He believes in us and understands what goes on in our minds,” said Annalise Posein, Trojan forward and broadcasting student.
Trojans guard Taylor Pillsworth agrees. “He listens to us, and gives us a chance to speak. He views the game from our perspective,” said the business administration student.
Martin instills a strong work ethic in his players and pride in what they are trying to accomplish.
“It takes good players to be recognized as a good coach,” said Martin. “One can’t have success without the other. They have the athletic ability but they also have the drive and the commitment to win.”
Most of all, Martin wants the game to be a source of joy, not only for his players but for himself as well. He enjoys “associating with young people. It’s their energy and their enthusiasm that keeps me going.”
In the off-season, Martin works on his hay farm in DeWinton, Alta.