More than ten years after coaching his final game at SUNY Canton, former Hockey Coach Terry Martin continues to be recognized for his efforts.
The American Hockey Coaches Association has announced that Martin is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award. The award, named after the famed Boston College coach, honors those people in the coaching profession who have contributed to the overall growth and development of the sport of ice hockey in the United States.
Martin was nominated for the award and received letters of support from current SUNY Canton Head Coach Eric McCambly and numerous former players, many of whom are now coaching hockey themselves.
Martin was the college’s head coach for 24 seasons (1974-1999), compiling a record of 527-211-29, including a 102-11-8 mark in his final four seasons. His teams won 12 national championship titles and were runner-ups five times.
“This is a deserving award for a coach that cared deeply about the development of his players both on and off the ice,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our hockey alumni reiterate to us regularly that Terry’s success was highlighted by much more than just national championships. He positively influenced the lives of hundreds of players.”
Upon his retirement many of his past players honored him and spoke more on “his winning character than on his winning record.” His past players noted that he really cared about them as people and was always there for them in times of trouble.
In addition to coaching hockey he coached lacrosse and taught physical education. Some 31 players transferred to Division I schools to continue their education while playing varsity hockey. Current coaches who played for Martin include: Don Vaughan ‘81, Colgate; Paul Flanagan ‘78, Syracuse Women; Rick Gotkin ‘80, Mercyhurst; Mark Taylor ‘83, Hobart; Jim Ward ‘83, Connecticut College; Craig Chamberlain ‘85, Monroe Community College; Bob Rosen ’81, Williamsville North High School; and many others.
“I can tell you first hand that more important than all of his wins and championships was his commitment to instilling character and helping young men find the right path to success,” said Colgate Coach Don Vaughan ‘81. “He has left a positive mark on countless young men who have played for him. His teams were well prepared and driven yet always respected the game and played with sportsmanship and character. He influenced young men not only as hockey players but as people who now have the same positive impact on those around them.”
Former John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award winners include New Jersey (NHL) General Manager Lou Lamoriello, former St. Lawrence University Coach George Menard, Boston University’s Jack Kelley, and Minnesota’s John Mariucci.
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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