Abe Martin

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Abe Martin
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1908-10-18)October 18, 1908
Jacksboro, Texas
Died January 11, 1979(1979-01-11) (aged 70)
Fort Worth, Texas
Playing career
1928–1930 TCU
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1932–1935
1936–1942
1944
1945–1952
1953–1966
El Paso HS (TX)
Lufkin HS (TX)
Paschal HS (TX)
TCU (assistant)
TCU
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1963–1975 TCU
Head coaching record
Overall 74–64–7 (college)
Bowls 1–3–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 SWC (1955, 1958–1959)
Awards
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1968)

Othol Hershel "Abe" Martin (October 18, 1908 – January 11, 1979) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head coach at Texas Christian University (TCU) from 1953 to 1966, compiling a record of 74–64–7. Martin was also the athletic director at Texas Christian from 1963 to 1975.

Early life[edit]

Born in Jacksboro, Texas, Martin attended Jacksboro High School and then Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where he played football under head coach Francis Schmidt. He was part of TCU's first-ever Southwest Conference championship team in 1929. Schmidt gave Martin his nickname after he related his style to that of a newspaper column of the day named "Abe Martin Says". He set conference records for blocking punts and recovering fumbles at TCU.

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from TCU in 1932, Martin began his coaching career at El Paso High School in 1934, where he won two district championships. In 1936, he moved across the state to coach at Lufkin High School, where he compiled a record of 66–10, with four district championships. He left coaching in 1943, but returned in 1944 to coach at Paschal High School in Fort Worth.

In 1945, he returned to TCU to coach football, and in 1953 was finally elevated to the head coaching position upon the retirement of Dutch Meyer. From 1953 to 1966, he coached the Horned Frogs to a 74–64–7 record, during which they appeared in the Cotton Bowl Classic three times, as well as the Sun Bowl and Bluebonnet Bowl once each. He coached seven All-Americans at TCU, including Jim Swink and Bob Lilly.

After his 1961 team upset a previously-undefeated Texas, Longhorns coach Darrell Royal famously described the Frogs as "cockroaches". Martin's casual response was that he had "never received so much criticism for winning a game."

After a disappointing 2–8 season in 1966, he resigned as head football coach. He remained the school's athletic director, a post he assumed in 1963 and held until 1975. In 1972 he was elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco.

Legacy[edit]

Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, Texas is named for Martin.

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
TCU Horned Frogs (Southwest Conference) (1953–1966)
1953 TCU 3–7 1–5 T–6th
1954 TCU 4–6 1–5 6th
1955 TCU 9–2 5–1 1st L Cotton 6 6
1956 TCU 8–3 5–1 2nd W Cotton 14 14
1957 TCU 5–4–1 2–4 T–5th
1958 TCU 8–2–1 5–1 1st T Cotton 9 10
1959 TCU 8–3 5–1 T–1st L Bluebonnet 8 7
1960 TCU 4–4–2 3–3–1 5th
1961 TCU 3–5–2 2–4–1 5th
1962 TCU 6–4 5–2 3rd
1963 TCU 4–5–1 2–4–1 5th
1964 TCU 4–6 3–4 6th
1965 TCU 6–5 5–2 T–2nd L Sun
1966 TCU 2–8 2–5 T–6th
TCU: 74–64–7 46–42–3
Total: 74–64–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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