Joe Martin

Joe Martin has been inducted into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding eight years as head coach of the Garland High School football team, culminated by the owls winning the Texas Class 5A, Division II, state championship in 1999. Since becoming the Garland High School football coach in 1992, Martin's teams have won the district championship five times (1994-1997 and 1999), have qualified for the state playoffs seven consecutive years (1993-1999), and advanced to the state quarterfinals in 1995. Martin's Garland teams have won 72 games and tied three, while losing only 20 contests, for a 77.4 winning percentage. His 1999 Owls, after losing their season opener on a long pass with only seconds remaining in the game, won 15 consecutive contests, defeating Katy for the state title, 37 to 25. Martin was selected as the 1999 NFL High School Coach of the Year. Before coming to Garland High, he had begun his head coaching career at Lake Dallas, where he won 22 games and tied one, while losing 17 contests, in four years (1986-1989). He next was the head coach at Mabank, where he won 16 games and lost only six, to advance both years (1990-1991) to the state playoffs. Martin was graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Eastern New Mexico University, which he attended on an athletic scholarship. As the senior quarterback for the Portales team in 1977, he completed 57 passes in 120 attempts for 812 yards and eight touchdowns, with 10 interceptions, in eight games. He also carried the ball 44 times and gained 179 yards, for a total offense gain of 113 yards per game. In 1972 as a junior quarterback, he guided Lewisville to the state finals.