To the youth of today Coach Martin brings forth his penchant for attention to detail and a broad understanding and belief in ethics in sport. The New Canaan Blazers Running Team is built around the commitment of Coach Bill Martin to the development of mind, spirit, and athletic participation. Coach Martin maintains a national coaching reputation after championship years at Iona College, New Rochelle HS, Norwalk High School, and now as Coach at New Canaan High School. Coach is a devoted family man. Married to Elizabeth for 33 years, the Martin’s have a son Trevor and a daughter Amanda.
Coach Bill Martin is one of America’s all-time greatest collegiate and world class middle distance runners specializing in the 800 meters to 1000 meters both indoors and outdoors. Bill is a three times United States national champion (USATF) with a career spanning 1971 to the late 80’s at the elite level of high school, college, and post collegiate world class competitions throughout the world. While in high school Bill set the current Massachusetts 880 yards record, earned a place in the Massachusetts Track and Field Hall of Fame, garnered a coveted #1 rank for 880 yards by Track and Field News, notched All American status, and took the nation by storm in 1975 by winning the Golden West High School National Championship for 880 yards all while remaining undefeated that year. His spirit for toughness was none more apparent than also being the National High School Catholic Cross Country Champion.
The world took notice of Bill Martin during his Hall of Fame career at Iona College. The astounding achievement of 8x NCAA Division 1 All American in Track and Field. The range of Bill Martin’s middle distance prowess is iconic with famous titles earned at the Millrose Games, across the world as a USA National Team Member winning 3 National titles competing in Helsinki, Finland and Estonia, Russia. Throughout the heyday of track and field in the USA, the roaring 80’s, Bill Martin represented the United States across Europe, Asia, South America, China, and Scandinavia. His Alma Mater Iona College named Bill Martin to its coveted Hall of Fame. A three times United States Olympic Trials Member, Coach Martin was a finalist in 1980 at Eugene, Oregon.
Coach Martin throughout his career competed against the world greats: Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett, Don Paige, James Robinson, Sir John Walker, Johnny Gray, Randy Wilson, and a host of Olympic Medalists Worldwide. To his credit Bill Martin the runner carried a reputation that lingered in the minds of every runner he ever faced: “Bill Martin is a winner … the man is not built to lose.”
“Bill Martin was my motivation and idol in 1980 that inspired me to move from the sprints to the middle distances. I craved to have Bill’s passion and dedication. His style and grace caused me to eventually run 1:45 for 800 meters and 3:56 for the mile”
— Brian Theriot UCLA Captain, 1978 NCAA Team Champion
“My son is Chris Madaffari and he was coached by Bill Martin at the high school level for four years. He coached Chris outside of the regular season for a high school athlete which is offseason and prepared him for all of the Junior Olympic races he entered. He was fortunate enough as a junior at BMHS to receive All American Honors. In his senior year, he was selected as finalist for Wendy’s Heisman Award. He was one of 12 out of 30,000 applicants. After high school he attended the United States Air Force Academy and after a year transferred to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Where he has been running cross country and outdoor track. I feel without the coaching of Bill Martin my son would not have been prepared to run at these two division one schools. He did not only prepare him to run but prepared him mentally, as well. Currently, I recommend Bill Martin to any parent of student athletes to take their child to the next level. He is an exceptional individual.
Even today as a senior at UNC Billy still keeps track of Christopher’s success. I feel strongly that at this level Chris would not be as successful without Bill’s coaching.”
— Joe Madaffari Athletic Director, Brien McMahon High School
“In terms of as a competitor being in New Rochelle I kept a sharp eye on Bill Martin his exploits at Iona. He did not disappoint, relentless, superior. Dominant. Of course, this was manifested from him in his coaching style. I will add the word dedicated to his coaching resume as well as successful”
— Andy Capellan New Rochelle Girls Head Coach, 2016 Penn Relays HOF Inductee, 2015 Glenn D. Loucks HOF Inductee
“I’ve never been more dedicated, hungry, and as selfless as an athlete and as a young man than during my time with my coach Bill Martin. Coach Martin is a man who immediately earns your respect. I knew that with his guidance, he would lead our team and myself to success. If you want someone who will drive you further than you could ever imagine and make you reach levels you thought you never could, Coach Martin is your man. When I first joined Cross Country as a sophomore, I didn’t like running, but with Coach Martin I fell in love with the sport and he tapped my true potential. Coach Martin took our team from middle of the pack in the State Division and County, to a Top 15 ranking for the entire state of Connecticut. All just in two seasons as a full time head coach.”
— Alex Ellsworth NCHS, Class of 2015, Purdue University, Class of 2019, Purdue University Track and Field Athlete
One of my work colleagues told me that Bill Martin had coached his son when he was competing at a high level in high school. I sought out Bill and told him about my son, Luke, and his desire to get better at track. As a sophomore Luke was part of a 4×800 team with the other three members being seniors. The team took second place at the conference championships and this accomplishment fueled Luke’s fire. Bill met Luke at the state championship meet and the two of them hit it off immediately. Bill broke down Luke’s mechanics and spoke to him “how to” run a complete race. Over that next summer Luke drove 1 hour each way to be trained by Bill Martin. Bill taught Luke the physiology and mechanics that would make him a better runner. Luke saw immediate results. This winter season Luke brought his 600m run time from a 1:30 to a 1:23.7. He won the conference championship in that race and competed at the state championships (would have taken 4th but committed a lane violation). He holds 3 school records in the 400m, 600m, and 4x400m. Luke is in the midst of his spring track season and just ran a 49.5 at the conference championships. With the states just a week away I am sure success will continue to come his way. Luke had the basic athleticism and motivation but Bill Martin taught him the rest. I would and do recommend any student athlete to seek out Bill’s expert advice and coaching.
— Patrick English Father
Coach Bill Martin was everything you could hope for in a coach and mentor. The toold he provided to me and to our team created champions on our high school team. Coach Martin provided us all with long lasting testaments to drive and determination that I still apply in my personal, professional, and family life.
— Howard Goldklang New Rochelle High School 1995, 800 meters and SUNY Albany 400 meters hurdles 1999
I am more than pleased to convey an incredible admiration for Coach Bill Martin. Bill first came to my attention in the 70’s, his high school years, and then with our athletes at UCLA talking about his 800 meters prowess in the 80’s. In fact, I took special care to follow Bill and most of the East Coast runners during the 80’s because of his consistent ability to compete at a high level, avoid injuries, and maintain a reputation for being an outstanding citizen in sport. I know this because many of my athletes at UCLA readying for Olympic Trials in Oregon, Los Angeles, and Indianapolis during the 80’s were close to Bill after competing with him on the Euro Circuit. To know that Bill Martin has joined our coaching rank gives me great pleasure as track and field needs men of Bill’s knowledge and professionalism.
— Coach Bob Larsen UCLA, USATF Hall of Fame
“Bill Martin is a testament to tough 800 meters runners and the middle distance world. I watched Bill compete for over a decade and he always presented himself on and off the track as class act and ethical competitor. Bill caught my eye in the 1975 recruiting year and we at UCLA tried to counter his amazing career with our west coast athletes specializing in the middle distances. Bill dominated the USA track circuit and throughout Europe representing the USA for a decade. Whether it was indoors or outdoors Bill Martin of Iona College then representing the USA helped our coaching staff develop styles and methods to replicate the success of Bill.”
— Coach Jim Bush Multiple NCAA Titles UCLA Track and Field, United States Track and Field Hall of Fame Inductee, UCLA Hall of Fame, NCAA Hall of Fame
Martin told us, in regards to any opponent, “If you can’t beat him, then BEAT him.”
“I cannot quit because Martin’s kids don’t quit.”
“The race goes not to the swift or to the strong, but to those that endure.”
— Spencer Lightsy
“Coach Martin is like those weigh loss commercials that guarantees results, and he does! He is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. To this day I will still go to him if I have an issue, not only in the weight room – but in my life. He’s that good.”
— Ned Hughes Jr. Gettysburg College
“We found Coach Martin to be authentically encouraging for our son. He had experience to teach, and challenge our son to push himself even when it was hard. He had expectations to keep our son striving to improve. He had an incredibly warm personality and ability to connect both in competition and practice. Coach Martin cared about the whole athlete, mind, body and spirit.”
— Julia & Ed Hughes NCHS Parents
Coach Martin has a wealth of knowledge from his years of track experience that he has always been happy to share with new coaches.
— Pat Moffett Norwalk High School, Head Boys Track and Field, Assistant Football
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