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Steve Martin has been named the new wrestling head coach at Old Dominion University, Athletic Director Jim Jarrett announced Friday.

Martin leaves Great Bridge High School after taking over the program in 1991. He led his squads to 12 Virginia High School State Championships in 13 years, compiling a 306-15-1 career record there. Martin's teams were ranked in the nation's top 25 all 13 years and even earned the top ranked public high school honor in 2003 and 2004.

Martin also has coaching experience as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, and as the head coach for numerous Team Virginias that compete nationally.

Martin, was a collegiate wrestler at the University of Iowa, where he earned NCAA All-American honors, won the Midlands Championship and led Iowa to two NCAA team championships. He was a three-time High School All-American while attending Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach. Martin earned high bachelor's degree from Iowa University and his master's degree from George Washington University.

Martin becomes the Monarch's fifth head coach in school history, replacing Gray Simons, who retired after 17 seasons at Old Dominion University.

This article was posted on: June 7, 2004

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