Martin Named Director of ISU Cross Country and Track & Field

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - After serving as the interim director of men's and women's cross country and track & field this season, longtime Indiana State track coach Angela Martin has been named the director of the program, ISU Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales announced Wednesday.
"Our program has been in good hands for decades, and I am pleased to announce that our program will stay in the good hands of Angie Martin," Clinkscales said. "She embraces the rich tradition of the program, but is also determined to start a new tradition of her own that will take the program to new heights."
Martin, who has been an assistant coach since 2002-03 and the women's head coach since 2010-11, took over the program on an interim basis on January 4th following the untimely passing of legendary head coach John McNichols in December. McNichols, the longest tenured coach in school history, was the men's head coach since 1983 and took over the combined program in 1988-89 with the addition of John Gartland to oversee the women's side.
"This has been one of the most challenging years of my career as a coach," Martin said. "Coach McNichols was an incredible mentor to me and I was lucky enough to walk beside him and learn from him as an athlete and assistant coach for almost 20 years. Between the leadership that he and Coach Gartland provided me, I feel prepared to take on this role as the director of the program. Our staff and teams have grown through the challenges this year, and I know that there are good things ahead of us."
"The cross country and track and field programs have a rich history at Indiana State, and I look forward to building upon it," Martin continued. "I am very grateful that Sherard Clinkscales, Angie Lansing, John Sherman and President Bradley have the confidence in me to lead our programs. I know our staff will work hard to be one of the top teams within the Missouri Valley Conference and continue to strive to compete with the best at the top of the Division I level. I would like to thank my husband, Jeff, our families, and the McNichols family for being an incredible support system."
Martin graduated from Indiana State with a bachelor's in art education and a minor in physical education in 2002 following an impressive career with the Sycamores on and off the track from 1997-2001. Then known as Angela Bruecker, Martin was an All-American 800-meter runner indoors, finishing eighth at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships running what was then a school and MVC all-time indoor record of 2:06.19 (eventually broken by two of her own pupils, Erica Moore (2009, 2:04.94) and Alethia Marrero (2015, 2:04.73). During her senior season she was awarded the prestigious Hillman Award for being the best senior student-athlete at Indiana State that year. Martin then went on to earn her master's from Indiana State in physical education in 2006 while working as an assistant coach.
"Coach Martin was a fierce competitor as a student-athlete, and I've watched her become a well-respected head coach in our conference, as well as at the national level," said senior associate athletic director Angie Lansing. "I am excited to see her take the reins and continue our strong tradition of success in the sports of cross country and track and field while placing her own unique stamp on our program."

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