Former Tenn. Coach Martin Dies
Feb. 25, 2002
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Former Tennessee State basketball coach Ed Martin, who led the Tigers to nearly 300 wins and is a member of four Halls of Fame, died Monday. He was 75.
Martin began his sports career playing baseball at North Carolina A&T. He also played in the Negro Leagues and the Cincinnati Reds system before a career-ending shoulder injury forced him to turn his attention to basketball.
Martin's first head coaching job at the college level came at South Carolina State, where he went 214-87 record in 13 seasons. He then moved to Tennessee State in 1968, earning national coach of the year honors in 1972.
After 17 seasons at Tennessee State, Martin left the school with a 290-169 record. He completed his coaching career with four seasons as an assistant on C.M. Newton's staff at Vanderbilt.
Sixteen of Martin's former players went on to the NBA, including Leonard (Truck) Robinson from Tennessee State and Will Perdue from Vanderbilt.
``I don't know what he saw in me, but he worked with me,'' Perdue said. ``He helped me so much, I can't even tell you.''
Throughout the 1990s, Martin collaborated with Robinson on a summer camp that worked annually with some of the top post players in the country.
Martin served in the U.S. Navy and won two South Carolina state high school championships at Avery High in Charleston before coaching at South Carolina State.
He is a member of the Halls of Fame at North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State and Tennessee State, as well as the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and children, Eddie and Arnetta. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Lewis & Wright Funeral directors said.