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John L. Martin: Hall of Fame Inductee

Author of the greatest era in Winona State University swimming history, John L. Martin served as the Warrior swimmers’ head coach from 1963-70 and again during 1973-74. During his nine years as head coach, Martin’s swimming teams won three conference championships and six times finished among the top ten teams in the NAIA national championships. His teams never suffered a losing season in dual-meet competition and two of his swimmers earned first team All-American honors.

Coach Martin in 1977 was inducted into the NAIA Swimming Hall of Fame for his work as president of the NAIA Swimming Coaches’ Association, as chairman of the NAIA swimming rules and sites committee, and for his long tenure as a referee of NAIA national competition in swimming and diving.

He also served as a member of the United States Olympic Committee, AAU Swimming Committee, Board of Directors of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and assistant U.S. team coach during the 1973 World University Games held in Moscow.

In addition to coaching swimming, Martin for 29 of his 30 years at Winona State University served as a football coach, 28 years as an assistant. He was the head football coach during the 1986 season. During his distinguished tenure at the University, he served as Chairman of the Health, Physical and Recreation Department.

Martin earned both his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He began his career at Winona State in 1963, retiring in 1994.

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Men's Swimming, Football


WSU head men’s swimming coach 1963-70, 1973-74
WSU head football coach 1986
WSU assistant football coach 28 years
Chairman WSU Health, Physical Education, Recreation Department

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