Josiah Martin hoped to one day be a head coach at the high school level while in college at Augustana.
The first-year Hall math teacher will be getting his chance this winter.
Martin was hired as the Hall girls basketball coach at the last school board meeting, taking over the reins of the program from outgoing coach Mike Struna — Hall’s superintendent — who stepped onto the sidelines after a decade-long absence from the coaching ranks to lead the Lady Red Devils program last season.
Martin, who spent last season being groomed to take over the team as Hall’s assistant varsity coach under Struna, said he picked up a lot from his boss.
“I think that one of the biggest things I took away from him was how to relate to the girls. He’s coached girls teams in the past, whereas this is my first experience coaching girls. I think that how to relate to the girls and how to manage a team are some of the biggest things I picked up from him,” Martin said.
The 23-year-old, who also is a varsity baseball assistant, is eager to leave his mark on the Hall girls basketball program.
“When I was thinking about my career I always wanted to teach and I always wanted to coach. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be the head coach, and ultimately be successful at it,” Martin said.
“I think that it will be fun to implement some more of my plays and defensive schemes, my own personal stuff,” added Martin, who was a three-year varsity hoops player in high school at Canton before going on to pitch on the baseball team at Augustana. “I think it’s going to be fun to be the guy in charge, the guy everyone’s looking at to make the right decisions. I’m looking forward to that leadership role, and hopefully, I can do a good job at it.”
The Lady Red Devils finished the 2012-13 campaign with 9-20 record.
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