ACS: James Martin, Covenant Christian Academy

James Martin
Covenant Christian Academy, Coleyville, Texas
Texas Rangers Youth Academy
Perfect Game USA
Hometown: Bedford, Texas
Education: Tarrant County College, University of Texas at Arlington
Twitter: @_CoachJMartin

The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.

I knew I wanted coaching as my career when during my first year of coaching in 2017, I met a younger version of myself who motivated me to become the coach and mentor that I always needed and wanted as a young athlete. I keep those conversations I had with him as motivation as I continue my coaching journey. 

Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.

Someone that I learned a lot under and became more confident in my craft is my good friend Clemente Sosa. Clemente always saw the potential in me going back to the day we met to the day he hired me on to his staff at Fort Worth Christian. The details and communication of practices, games among other things taught me a lot in just one year. I am very fortunate and blessed to have coached under him. I’ve also learned a lot through player feedback. I’m very big on building relationships with every athlete that I come in contact with while at the same time being a good listener to them. 

Tony Wolfe talks about Goals vs. Purpose. Kevin Wilson calls it your “Why”. What is your purpose or “why” for coaching? 

My “why” for coaching is to become a motivator, mentor, and father figure at the highest level possible while developing personal relationships and instilling large amounts of confidence into their everyday lives. 

Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year.

Win a State Championship 

If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t take anything personal. Be yourself.

What is your favorite memory from a coaching conference or clinic?

Favorite memory was at a USA clinic and the conversations I had with Austin Wates, Jeff Sherman, Chuck Box, and Robert Garza

Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?

Terry Francona

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