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Matt Martin is entering his 18th season as the Huskers' recruiting coordinator, and is also in his 10th season assisting with the Husker sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams.
One of the premier recruiters in the country, Martin's Nebraska recruiting classes have combined to win two Big Ten Conference team titles, 23 Big 12 Conference team titles, with 15 men's championships and nine women's crowns, as well as 191 individual titles. The Huskers have also been a powerhouse at the national meet, as they have produced 27 national champions, 236 All-Americans and seven top-five finishes behind Martin's recruiting efforts.
Martin's work ethic to bring in top-notch talent has not gone unnoticed on the national scene, as the Huskers' 2000 and 2006 men's and women's recruiting classes were ranked in the nation's top 10 by Track and Field News, while most recently the 2008 class was ranked No. 10.
Since Martin started recruiting for the Huskers in 1997, he has been instrumental in personally bringing in athletes who have earned eight All-America honors and nine individual Big 12 Conference titles. One of his noteworthy recruits, Nicholas Gordon of Kingston, Jamaica, picked the Huskers over Florida State and Arkansas. In his career, Gordon has won a national title, earned three All-America honors, won two Big 12 titles and made a trip to the IAAF World Championships. Gordon was also honored as the 2010-11 Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Martin also played a critical role in recruiting Chad Wright, a 2011 discus All-American, Mara Weekes, an All-Big 12 performer for the Huskers in 2011, and Ellie Grooters, who also notched All-Big 12 honors in her freshman campaign.
As a coach, Martin's NU sprinters, hurdlers and relays have combined for 16 All-America honors, one Big Ten title, 12 individual Big 12 championships and one NCAA title, placing NU athletes among college track and field's elite during that time.
Martin coached the women's sprints, hurdles and relays in 2013, helping the Huskers to another successful year. Mara Weekes tallied an eighth-place finish in the 60 meters at the Big Ten Indoor Championships as she also went on to finish fifth in the 200 meters. She finished seventh in the 100 meters at the outdoor conference meet. He also coached the women's relay teams to a pair of top-six finishes at the outdoor conference meet.
As an assistant with the Husker sprints, hurdles and relays in 2012, Martin oversaw the progression of Miles Ukaoma in his sophomore season as he went on to win the 2012 Big Ten 400 meter hurdles title and was a 2012 second-team All-American. He also helped coach the men's 4x100 meter relay team to a berth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as all members earned honorable mention All-America honors. In addition, his efforts guided the women's indoor distance medley relay team to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Bellevue, Neb., native Lukas Hulett excelled under Martin, earning All-America honors indoors and outdoors in the 400 meters as a sophomore in 2008. As a freshman in 2007, Hulett earned indoor All-America honors in the 400 meters and was a member of the All-America indoor 4x400-meter relay team along with fellow freshmen Scott Wims and Dan Christensen and senior Nate Probasco. Hulett then carried his success to the outdoor season, qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400 meters.
In 2007, Wims went on to post a seventh-place finish in the 200 meters at the outdoor championships for his second All-America finish. He and Hulett were two of five Martin-coached Huskers to qualify for the 2007 NCAA Championships.
Under Martin's supervision, Wims went on to win the 200-meter crown at both the U.S. Junior Championships and the Pan Am Junior Championships, while also finishing third in the 100 at both competitions. Additionally, NU freshman Dax Danns competed for his native Guyana at the Pan Am meet, finishing third in the 200.
The top hurdler in NU women's history, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep concluded her outstanding career in 2006 under Martin's watch. An eight-time All-American and five-time Big 12 champion, Lopes-Schliep was the national runner-up in both indoor and outdoor high hurdle events for the fourth and fifth consecutive national competitions during her final season as a Husker. She served the role as NU's high-point scorer at both conference meets.
Lopes-Schliep led the way for the Husker women's team in 2005 with two more silver-medal finishes in the 60- and 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships just one season after claiming her first national title in the 60-meter hurdles as a freshman.
Martin also tutored former Husker and 2004 Olympian Nenad Loncar, who won a conference title in the 60-meter hurdles as a senior in 2005.
NU's sprint and hurdle relays have also benefitted from Martin's presence. The 4x100-meter relay team of Arturs Abolins, Oliver Williams Jr., Nate Probasco and Dusty Stamer won the Big 12 outdoor title for the second straight year in 2005, the first time in Nebraska history that the men had won the event in consecutive seasons. In 2007, NU's 4x400 relay team of Wims, Christensen, Probasco and Hulett finished third at the Big 12 indoor meet and went on to qualify for the national outdoor competition.
While Martin's athletes have excelled on the collegiate level, they have also participated on the world stage. His latest success was Lopes-Schliep, who earned the bronze medal for Canada in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The medal was the first medal for Canada in track and field since Donovan Bailey in 1996. Lopes-Schliep then continued her success last season as the took silver at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
Lopes and Loncar each represented their home nations in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, while Lopes-Schliep followed with a berth in the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. She reached the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles at the competition.
In 2004, the North Platte, Neb., native coached Lopes-Schliep to her first national championship in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, as well as two other All-America honors in the 60-meter dash and outdoor 100-meter hurdles. His 4x100-meter relay team of Shelldon Simpson, Oliver Williams Jr., Probasco and Stamer also earned All-America status by placing eighth at the NCAA outdoor meet.
A former sprinter/jumper for the Huskers from 1990 to 1993, Martin was an undergraduate coach for Nebraska in 1994 and was a graduate administrative assistant for Nebraska in 1995 and 1996. As an undergraduate coach, Martin helped Gary Pepin coach Nicola Martial to an NCAA outdoor title and a runner-up finish at the 1994 NCAA Indoor Championships. During that same time, he also helped coach Angee Henry to All-America honors as a freshman and a U.S. Junior National championship in the long jump.
Martin, who graduated from Nebraska with a degree in business administration in May 1994, completed his master's degree in athletic administration in August 1999. His father, Doug Martin, was the former head track and field coach at North Platte High School for 23 years, and is on the Husker staff as a volunteer coach.
Martin is married to the former Michelle Delka of Lincoln. The couple has two daughters, Jocelyn and Reese, and a son, Elijah.