As Robin Martin prepares to accompany high jump star Maalik Reynolds to Des Moines, Iowa, for the NCAA Championships, he must be feeling around his pockets. For he just lost something.
He lost the ‘interim’ tag on his title. As of today, he is officially the James P. Tuppeny Head Coach of Men’s Track & Field at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Robin stepped in mid-year as interim coach and has done a tremendous job, earning the opportunity to be our head men’s coach,” said Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky. “His dedication and affection for Penn is contagious, and I am confident he will carry on our great history and tradition in track and field.”
Martin — who once finished third in the 800m run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for Penn — had all of about two days to prepare to become the interim coach back in the fall and stepped into the role without much of a road map. He admitted that his typical days were suddenly punctuated by the sheer terror of wondering if everything was in place for hitting deadlines that he oft times knew nothing about. But, obviously, he found his way without that road map.
“Coaching at your alma mater is a special experience,” said an obviously pleased Coach Martin. “To oversee a program that you once ran for borders on unbelievable. To be able to put all of your affection, passion and belief in your alma mater into your coaching makes work… well less like work. I love this program, I love this school, and I could not be more lucky.”
Martin has wasted little time on the recruiting trail as Penn has sensational newcomers expected in the fall, including the nation’s No. 1 discus thrower Sam Mattis of East Brunswick (N.J.) High and 1:48 800m runner Drew Magaha of Willow Grove’s Upper Moreland High in suburban Philadelphia.
Here’s the full release from Penn.