|YES, MICHIGAN! Bill Martin Announces Retirement.
||[Oct. 21st, 2009|04:00 pm]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan athletic director Bill Martin will retire effective Sept. 4, 2010, the school announced Wednesday.
Martin, a former president of the United States Sailing Association, became director of athletics at Michigan in 2000, at first on an interim basis replacing Tom Goss. His retirement was announced in a letter to university President Mary Sue Coleman and then at a meeting with athletics staff, the university said.
"For nearly a decade, Bill has shown truly outstanding leadership as Athletic Director at the University of Michigan," Coleman said in a statement. "He has not only done a superb job of attracting top coaches for the full range of Michigan sports, but he has also assembled an excellent management team to oversee all aspects of athletics operations."
Coleman said Martin will remain director until a successor is chosen, then will remain a special adviser to her until retiring from the university in September.
He graduated in 1962 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and did graduate work at the University of Stockholm in Sweden and the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Sally, live in Ann Arbor and have two sons and three grandchildren.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
Now if he could take Mary Sue with him, it'd be perfect.
Note to WVU haters: ESPN ID 'shelldawv' wrote, in response:
Why would WVU fans care about Martin stepping down...he has helped build WVU football and B-ball programs... If you don't believe me..just take a look at the polls....WVU football in the Top 25 in all polls...UM NOT...WVU recruitng higher than ever..even competing with the likes of Okla., Ga., Fla., Fla. St., N.D., Ohio St and even to a lesser school like UM..ha....The best ASST. coaching corp. in the nation, thanks to coach Stewart..including some of the best recruiting coaches in the country.
WVU B-Ball in Top 10 pre-season polls and picked to win the Big East...THE TOUGHEST CONF. in NCAA ball, and talk of a NC under Huggins....UM NOT !!
So maybe WVU should off Martin a job, or at least a bonus...he has helped build WVU's athletics......and got rid of WVU's garbage at the same time!
If that was one's reasoning, wouldn't the pattern reverse if WVU hired Martin? That's like wishing West Virginia would get the black plague.
In unrelated news, Desmond Howard still rules.