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NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer Director of Athletics and Women’s Basketball Head Coach George Martin has announced that he has accepted the Director of Athletics position at Dean College in Franklin, Mass.

Martin will take on his new role in early April. Dean College will become a full-time member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) next academic year.

Martin has been a head coach at Colby-Sawyer for 26 seasons and was appointed a Director of Athletics in 2013 to oversee all aspects of 23 varsity sports along with Bill Foti.

“George has had an enormous impact at Colby-Sawyer College during his tenure here,” said Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner, Ed.D. “Not only has he had tremendous success in terms of victories, George has forged meaningful relationships with his players and with his colleagues across campus. He has provided pivotal leadership for the athletics department. He will be missed greatly. We wish him well on his new position at Dean College.”

“I have been so fortunate to spend the last 26 years at Colby-Sawyer College,” said Martin. “I was afforded the opportunity to work with amazing colleagues throughout the campus community, and most importantly the incredible student-athletes who competed as Chargers.

ÆTwo people in particular I must give my sincere thanks to are Deb McGrath and Bill Foti. Deb took a chance on hiring me in 1994 when I had no head coaching experience in either basketball or volleyball. She believed in me, and that coupled with her loyal support, allowed me to grow into the coach and administrator I have become.

ÆBill and I have spent thousands of miles together on buses during the basketball season, and the last seven years leading the athletic department. Together we were able to produce a broad-based athletic program which adds to the learning experience of our student-athletes, and the culture of the Colby-Sawyer community.

“I have been lucky to learn and grow alongside him, and I am very lucky to call him my friend. I will cherish my time at Colby-Sawyer and the memories that everyone associated with the college created for me. All of you have made an impact on my life, and for that I will be forever grateful. Once a Charger, Always a Charger.”

“George has been the face and the spirit of Colby-Sawyer women’s basketball and I cannot praise him enough for his contributions to the sport, the college, and the development of our student-athletes,” said Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students Robin Davis.

“Dean College is fortunate to have him, a true leader in athletics. George’s strength is his development of student-athletes, but he is a leader on campus beyond the court. George’s focuses on what is best for students as a whole and that is why he is the coach he is, the leader he is, and why he will be missed.”

“I’ve been very fortunate to know George Martin as a colleague and friend the last 26 years,” said Director of Athletics and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bill Foti. “Together we’ve shared countless bus rides, practice times, games and duties. He’s been a trusted resource to lean on during the ups and downs of a basketball season. The last seven years have been particularly rewarding as we shared the duties of running the athletic department. He leaves an indelible mark on generations of athletes at Colby-Sawyer, particularly women’s basketball players.”

“It was a pleasure working with and for George for the 12 years I have been a member of the department,” said Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Information Ryan Emerson. “Martin has made a lasting impression, not only in athletics, but across campus. He has positively impacted the lives of countless student-athletes and will be sorely missed. I wish him all the best.”

Entering his 26th season at the helm of the Colby-Sawyer women’s basketball program, Martin has amassed a record of 469-213. He is ranked 24th in victories among active coaches and is the 38th winningest coach with a win percentage of .688. Martin also holds the crown as the winningest women’s basketball coach in New Hampshire.

Martin has led the basketball team to the postseason in each of his 26 seasons and seven conference championship titles, resulting in seven trips to the NCAA Tournament. Martin is a 5-time conference Coach of the Year and has produced numerous Players, Rookies, Defensive Players, Scholar-Athletes and Woman of the Year. In addition, several of his players and even an entire team have been inducted into the Colby-Sawyer Hall of Fame.

In addition to his basketball coaching duties, he has also guided the women’s volleyball team on different occasions. Most recently, Martin coached the 2008 Colby-Sawyer women’s volleyball team to a Runner-up finish in the CCC tournament and an ECAC appearance.

He previously coached the team from 1994 to 2000, earning a pair of conference Coach of the Year awards. He led the Chargers volleyball team to it’s first-ever league title in 1999, and to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, advancing to the second round.

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