Named To Hall of Fame
Central Oklahoma women's cross
country coach J.D. Martin has been selected for
induction into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Martin, who earned Lone Star Conference Coach
of the Year honors last fall after leading the
Bronchos to a surprising runner-up league finish
in his first year at the helm, will be officially
inducted during a ceremony at the National Cowboy
and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on
Martin was a track standout at Oklahoma before
going on to enjoy a lengthy coaching career with
the Sooners. A three-time All-American and the
1960 national champion in the pole vault at OU,
he once owned the world record in that event and
also won a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1963
Pan American Games.
A native of Erick, Okla., Martin served as track/cross
country coach at OU from 1964-97.
He coached 22 individual track and field national
champions and countless Big Eight champions during
his legendary career at OU, leading the Sooners
to six top-five NCAA finishes.
Martin retired from OU in 1997, then joined UCO
last fall to take over the women's cross country
Joining Martin in this year's class of Oklahoma
Sports Hall of Fame inductees is L. Dale Mitchell,
Mark Price, Wilbur Joe Rogan, Barry Sanders and