TIFFIN – In the wake of the resignation of Briana Hess, Heidelberg University athletic director Matt Palm has announced that Ron Martin will serve as the interim head coach of the track and cross country programs. Martin, a 1975 Heidelberg graduate, was a full-time assistant at the university prior to receiving the interim title.
"We are very fortunate to have such a highly regarded coach on our staff," said Palm. "Ron will provide stable leadership as we conduct a full search to replace Coach Hess."
In 30 years as a high school coach, Martin led teams to 15 District titles. He mentored 28 All-Ohio performers in cross country, 39 All-Ohio track and field athletes, eight cross country state champions, five track and field state champions, 39 high school All-Americans and one national champion.
Martin's success continued as an assistant at Tiffin University, where his athletes broke 29 school records in eight years.
During his first semester, Martin helped guide senior Sophie Goobic to an All-American finish at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in November.
"It has been fun coming back and working with Coach Hess at my Alma Mater," said Martin. "Briana has done a wonderful job here and I have some big shoes to fill."
Brian Grime, a volunteer coach last semester, will assume Martin's role as an assistant coach.
"I am excited to add Coach Grime to the staff," said Martin. "Brian and I have six years of working together and we complement each other."
The rest of the coaching staff will remain intact.
"I am fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated staff with me," said Martin, a 1992 inductee to the Heidelberg Athletic Hall of Fame. "Coach Grime, Coach Yoder, Coach Sunday, Coach Heitkamp and Coach Bevington will continue to coach their athletes to greatness."
Martin's first meet as interim head coach is scheduled for January 17 at the University of Findlay.