Martin Headshot


HARRISONBURG — Former James Madison men's soccer coach Tom Martin died last week, according to school officials, at the age of 70.

Martin guided the Dukes from 1986 until 2014, compiling a 359-164-58 record in his 29 seasons. During that time Martin, who was inducted into the JMU Athletic Hall of Fame last month, captured five Colonial Athletic Association championships (1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2014) and won the regular season seven times (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2011). Martin was named CAA Coach of the Year in 1986, 1989, 1993, 2000 and 2011.

The Dukes qualified for 10 NCAA Tournaments during his career in Harrisonburg.

"Many will look at his career achievements with the all-time victories, consecutive NCAA quarterfinal appearances, multiple other NCAA runs and CAA Championships," JMU athletic director Jeff Bourne said in a statement released through the school Monday. "But what set [Martin] apart was his approach to college athletics and the profession of coaching. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Martin family, his wife Cherylen, son Sean, Tom's siblings and extended family."

In addition to his coaching career, Martin served an administrative role for JMU as interim director of athletics in 1998-99. He served as an instructor for multiple academic courses at JMU, including in an expanded capacity for the Hart School upon his retirement from coaching in 2014.

In other local sports Monday:

Knights Finish Fifth At Region 3C Tournament

VERONA — Senior Luke Mowery shot a 78 and sophomore Grant Pennybacker finished with an 83 as Turner Ashby (348) finished fifth as a team at the Region 3C golf tournament at Ironwood Country Club in Verona.

Western Albemarle (311) won the team championship while Wilson Memorial (314) finished second and Rockbridge County (323) came in third. The Warriors and Green Hornets will both advance to next week’s Virginia High School League Class 3 state tournament at Williamsburg National Golf Course.

Ryan Simpson shot a 90 for the Knights while Shane Redifer finished with a 97.

Individually, Spotswood’s Conner Chapman (79) had a strong showing while teammates Darien Smith (85) and Alan Dean (93) were also solid.

Prep Volleyball

Broadway 3, East Hardy 0: Chloe Copenhaver dished out 14 assists as Broadway cruised to a 25-15, 25-22, 25-22 non-district sweep of East Hardy at BHS.

Ellie Witmer added eight kills for the Gobblers (5-12) while MacCala Emswiler had three blocks.

Luray 3, Harrisonburg 0: Amelia Mitchell had 14 kills and four blocks, but Harrisonburg dropped its eighth straight in a 29-27, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16 non-district setback at the hands of Luray at LHS.

Sophia Sallah added nine digs, five kills and four aces for the Blue Streaks (4-11) while Maya Waid finished with 24 assists.

Women’s Soccer

Bridgewater 7, Averett 0: Catherine Haufe scored twice and Cyan Coates had a goal and a pair of assists as Bridgewater rolled to a 7-0 rout of Averett at Jopson Field.

Hannah Randolph, Janidy Madera, McKinsey Walter and Kaia Richardson added a goal apiece for the Eagles (4-5-2) while Randolph also added an assist.

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