Dave Martin became the eighth director of athletics in University of Scranton history in August 2015. Since joining the University, his impact has been felt in numerous ways.
In the spring of 2018, the University opened the Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Athletics Campus, a $14 million complex that features NCAA regulation baseball and softball fields, as well as a multi-purpose field for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. The facility also includes a field house with locker rooms and an athletic training room, and a playground and basketball court open to the public. Martin was instrumental in raising money for the facility as well as the construction of the facility over an 18-month period. His efforts helped turn the facility into one of the best in the region.
Martin also spearheaded the athletic department's Royal Way initiative, an ongoing effort to build a winning culture both in and out of athletics. With the help of Matt Davidson, founder and president of the Institute for Excellence and Ethics and a Scranton alum, Martin established a program that aims to helps student-athletes, coaches and staff members be the best they can be in all facets of life. The hallmark of the program is The Royal Way Touchstone, which encompasses the values of The Royal Way program.
Since Martin came to Scranton, the University has added five sports - women's golf and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field. Also during his tenure, Scranton teams have won eight Landmark Conference titles and earned nine NCAA Tournament berths. Scranton has also finished second in the Landmark Conference Presidents' Trophy Standings in both 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Martin came to the University after serving an 11-year tenure as director of athletics at Misericordia University in nearby Dallas, Pa. He also spent 14 seasons there as head men’s basketball coach and served as associate director of athletics and coordinator of athletic recruiting.
Martin was instrumental in adding football, women’s golf and men’s tennis to bring Misericordia’s intercollegiate sport offerings to 24 -- 13 for women and 11 for men. He also oversaw the construction of and fundraising efforts for the John & Mary Metz Fieldhouse and Tambur Field, along with major renovations to Mangelsdorf Field within the Anderson Athletic Complex, which features a synthetic grass field, stadium lights and a six-lane synthetic track.
Metz Fieldhouse was built in 2012 and provides meeting and locker room facilities for the Misericordia football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, track and field, baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and softball teams, while Tambur Field, also constructed in 2012, is the baseball team’s practice and playing facility.
Misericordia enjoyed tremendous success during Martin’s tenure, winning 31 conference titles and advancing to the NCAA tournament 25 times, including the school’s first Final Four appearance when the women’s soccer program advanced to the national semifinals in 2012. Individually, Ashlee Ward won NCAA indoor and outdoor high jump titles in 2014.
Martin has also been active on the national level, serving on the NCAA men’s basketball committee and was chair of the women’s basketball committee this past season. He was also the driving force behind Misericordia’s hosting of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic baseball regional at PNC Field in Moosic in 2013 and 2014.
As men's basketball coach, Martin led the Cougars to 178 wins, including 11 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) postseason tournament berths. He also served as interim head women’s basketball coach during the 2012 season, leading the Cougars to their first Freedom Conference title and NCAA tournament bid.
Martin, who holds an undergraduate degree from Wilkes University and a master of education degree from Misericordia, and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Dunmore with their three daughters: Samantha, Maddie and Paige.