October 22, 2011

Martin wins his 600th game

More news about: Ohio Wesleyan men's team

On Saturday afternoon, legendary Ohio Wesleyan men's soccer coach Jay Martin reached another milestone in his storied career.  The Battling Bishops defeated Denison by a 5 to 1 score in their NCAC contest for his 600th win, good for second all-time in men's collegiate soccer, trailing only the now-retired and equally legendary Joe Bean, a Division III coach as well who guided Wheaton (Ill.) for the last 38 of his 45 seasons on the sidelines.

Jay Martin: 600 wins!

Men's Soccer Coach, Ohio Wesleyan
1977-present: 600-114-49 (.818)

Martin, who dislikes being called anything other than "Jay", has been at the helm in Delaware, Ohio for 35 straight years, a longevity only a few coaches ever attain and almost as impressive as his success.  His career record now stands at an impressive 600-114-49 (.818), but that is only the tip of the iceberg: 21 conference champions, 31 NCAA appearances, 15 times among the Elite 8, seven Final Fours, and a national championship in 1998.  

Senior Tyler Bryant had the gamewinner for Jay Martin's 600th victory

In the record books he is among the top ten in every category including the fifth highest all-time career winning percentage among Division III coaches, good for ninth highest all-time across all men's divisions. He reached 500 career wins faster than the any of the other nine men's coaches who have eclipsed the mark. During the 1980's, Ohio Wesleyan posted the highest winning percentage in men's collegiate soccer, topping elite programs like Indiana, UCLA, and UNC-Greensboro.

His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed.  After being awarded Regional Coach of the Year honors fourteen times and National Coach of the Year twice, he was inducted into the Ohio Soccer Hall of Fame last October, one of 36 inductees to date.

But Martin is defined by much more than wins and losses and trophies, things about which he is incredibly humble.  After all these years he is still a groundskeeper and laundry man among other duties at Roy Rike Field and he wouldn't want it any other way. He continues to teach a full course load every semester as a professor in Ohio Wesleyan’s physical education department.  Whether professor or coach, he is always an educator.  With the soccer field as one of his classrooms, Martin has taught leadership, goal-setting, discipline, and the value of always striving for improvement to his many seasons of soccer players. And those lessons have proven their value as his players have applied this education to their post soccer careers.

His influence has been, and continues to be astounding as many of his players have gone on to become coaches. 23 are currently on the sidelines at the collegiate level including Jay Vidovich at Wake Forest University and Eric Nichols at Bowling Green.  Leo Chappel formally of UC Santa Barbara is now with Toronto F.C., and Nick Teslof was on staff at Bayern Munich while Jurgen Klinnsman was head coach.

Martin has served as president of the NSCAA as well as a six-year stint on the NCAA Division III selection committee, including four years as committee chair. He has been a color analyst for the Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew for nine seasons. And in January 2003, he took over as editor of the NSCAA’s The Soccer Journal, becoming the publication’s third editor since its establishment in 1950.

Martin has served as athletics director at OWU from 1985-2004. He was also the lacrosse coach for eight years when he first came to the school.  Prior to joining the Ohio Wesleyan faculty, Martin served as a two sport assistant at Ohio State, where he acheived a master's and a Ph.D. He completed his undergraduate degree at Springfield College where he played soccer and lacrosse.

All photos: Ohio Wesleyan University Athletics




WINNINGEST MEN'S SOCCER COACHES BY PERCENTAGE

All Divisions, All-Time (min. 10 years)
Coach (Team) Yrs. Pct.
1. Gus Donoghue (San Francisco 1946-60) 15 0.871
2. Gene Kennedy (Michigan St. 1956-69) 14 0.866
3. Jock Stewart (UCLA 1949-66) 18 0.851
4. Tim O'Donohue (Stevens 2001-10) 10 0.844
5. Dave Brandt (Messiah 1997-08; Navy 2009-present) 15 0.825
6. Paul McGinlay (Trinity, Tx. 1991-present) 21 0.825
7. Jerry Yeagley (Indiana 1973-03) 31 0.821
8. Matt Smith (Johns Hopkins 1993-07) 15 0.821
9. Jay Martin (Ohio Wesleyan 1977-present) 35 0.818
10. Sigi Schmid (UCLA 1980-98) 19 0.810
Note: win pct. through Sat., Oct. 22    

 

Division III, All-Time (min. 10 years)
Coach (Team) Yrs. Pct.
1. Tim O'Donohue (Stevens 2001-10) 10 0.844
2. Dave Brandt (Messiah 1997-08; Navy 2009-present) 15 0.825
3. Paul McGinlay (Trinity, Tx. 1991-present) 21 0.825
4. Matt Smith (Johns Hopkins 1993-07) 15 0.821
5. Jay Martin (Ohio Wesleyan 1977-present) 35 0.818
6. Eric Baumann (Dominican) 17 0.799
7. Arthur “Skip” Roderick (Elizabethtown 1983-present) 29 0.773
8. Michael Russo (Williams 1979-present) 33 0.770
9. Brandon Bowman (Elmira 2000, Transylvania 2002-present) 11 0.762
10. Toby Bares (UW-Oshkosh 1984-09) 26 0.755
Note: win pct. through Sat., Oct. 22    

 

Division III, Active (min, 5 years)
Coach (Team) Yrs. Pct.
1. Paul McGinlay (Trinity, Tx.) 21 0.825
2. Jay Martin (Ohio Wesleyan) 35 0.818
3. Eric Baumann (Dominican) 17 0.799
4. Arthur “Skip” Roderick (Elizabethtown) 29 0.773
5. Michael Russo (Williams) 33 0.770
6. Brandon Bowman (Transylvania) 11 0.762
7. Dan Gilmore (Rowan) 36 0.744
8. Sonny Travis (Emory) 26 0.743
9. Eric Wagner (Swarthmore) 8 0.742
10. Matt Cushing (Wheaton, Mass.) 18 0.740
Note: win pct. through Sat., Oct. 22    

 

WINNINGEST MEN'S SOCCER COACHES BY VICTORIES

All Divisions, All-Time (min. 10 years)
Coach (Team) Yrs. Wins
1. Joe Bean (Quinnipiac 1962-64, Bridgeport 1965-68, Wheaton, Ill. 1969-06) 45 607
2. Jay Martin (Ohio Wesleyan 1977-present) 35 600
3. C. Clifford McGrath (Wheaton, Ill. 1958, Gordon 1960-66, Spring Arbor 1967-69, Seattle Pacific 1970-07) 49 597
4. Tony Tocco (Rockhurst 1970-73 75-present) 41 594
5. Ron Butcher (Wis.-Platteville 1968-69, Keene St. 1970-present) 44 576
6. Jerry Yeagley (Indiana 1973-03) 31 544
7. Stephen Negoesco (San Fransisco 1962-00) 39 540
8. Dan Gilmore (Rowan 1976-present) 36 535
9. Horst Richardson (Colorado Col. 1966-present) 46 521
10. Jack Mackenzie (Quincy 1969-present) 43 513
Note: wins through Sat., Oct. 22    

 

Division III, All-Time (min. 10 years)
Coach (Team) Yrs. Wins
1. Joe Bean (Quinnipiac 1962-64, Bridgeport 1965-68, Wheaton, Ill. 1969-06) 45 607
2. Jay Martin (Ohio Wesleyan 1977-present) 35 600
3. Ron Butcher (UW-Platteville 1968-69, Keene St. 1970-present) 44 576
4. Dan Gilmore (Rowan 1976-present) 36 535
5. Horst Richardson (Colorado Col. 1966-present) 46 521
6. Bud Lewis (Wilmington, OH 1975-present) 37 462
7. Arthur “Skip” Roderick (Elizabethtown 1983-present) 29 456
8. Tony Ochrimenko (Kean 1976-present) 36 450
9. Mike Coven (Brandeis 1973-present) 39 435
10. Roy Gordon (Me.-Farmington 1970-76, Mary Washington 1977-present) 41 432
Note: wins through Sat., Oct. 22    

 

Division III, Active (min, 5 years)
Coach (Team) Yrs. Wins
1. Jay Martin (Ohio Wesleyan) 35 600
2. Ron Butcher (Keene St.) 44 576
3. Dan Gilmore (Rowan) 36 535
4. Horst Richardson (Colorado Col.) 46 521
5. Bud Lewis (Wilmington, OH) 37 462
6. Arthur “Skip” Roderick (Elizabethtown) 29 456
7. Tony Ochrimenko (Kean) 36 450
8. Mike Coven (Brandeis) 39 435
9. Doug Mello (Hendrix) 34 415
10. Michael Russo (Williams) 33 397
Note: wins through Sat., Oct. 22    

 


Conference Titles

 OAC: 3 

NCAC: 19


NCAA Tournament

 Yrs. Participated: 31

Record: 57-27-6 (.667)

Sweet 16: 24

Elite 8: 15

Final Fours: 7

Championships: 1

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