Motlow all-time leading scorer Bob Martin elected to TCCAA Hall of Fame
Forty-two years after sinking his last basket as a Motlow Buck basketball player, Dickson native and military veteran Bob Martin has been selected for induction into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Hall of Fame.
TCCAA Commissioner Dr. Foster Chason will present Martin with his induction plaque on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Copperweld Arena on Motlow’s Moore County campus. The ceremony will be held at halftime of the men’s contest against Walters State, which tips off at 2 p.m. Motlow will celebrate homecoming as well that day, and the women’s game will follow the men at approximately 4 p.m.
“I am thrilled that the conference and Motlow have chosen me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Martin. “I didn’t really know if I could play basketball at that level when I walked on the Motlow campus in 1974. Head Coach Joe Daves gave me a chance though, and I guess I did pretty well. I never thought my records would last this long and I am shocked to receive this honor after all these years.”
Martin played at Motlow from 1974-76, and set scoring, rebounding and shot blocking records that still stand today. Although he never played basketball in high school, he learned the game well while serving his country overseas and brought that knowledge back, leading to the most dominating season in Bucks’ basketball history.
“The Motlow family is very excited to have a man of Bob Martin’s talent and character represent the College as its fifth member of the TCCAA Hall of Fame,” said Scott Shasteen, director of athletics at Motlow. “After having only two Motlow representatives (Daves and Carr McCalla) inducted in the first 40 years of the Hall of Fame, Bob will be the third Motlow legend to be inducted in the past three years, joining baseball greats David Weathers and Don Rhoton. We have great history and tradition here, and we are pleased it is being recognized.”
Born in Nashville in 1950, Martin joined the United State Air Force after graduating from Dickson County High School. He served as a Military Police Officer and developed his basketball skills while playing for base teams. The most noteworthy was his time spent in Germany playing for Hahn Air Base, where he was named to the All-U.S. Air Force team in Europe (USAFE).
After four successful years of military service and his discharge, Martin came home to see if he could compete on the college basketball court by walking on at Motlow. Daves, the head coach of the Bucks from 1969-78 and the College’s first athletic director until 1985, was elected to the TCCAA Hall of Fame himself in 1987.
Not only did Martin compete at the junior college level, but he dominated. His freshman season (1974-75) was, and still is, easily the greatest single season in school history. He set single season school records that still stand today, including total point (860), total rebounds (472), rebounds per game (15.2), and blocked shots (153). His 28.3 points per game record stood for 15 years until it was broken by Tim Fant (29.7) in 1990. Martin was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association following his freshman season.
Not only was Martin consistent throughout that freshman season, but he also had some tremendous individual games. On Feb. 15, 1975, he scored 45 points, which is still tied for fourth all-time at Motlow. He holds three of the top five spots for rebounds in a single game, pulling down 26, 25 and 23 respectively.
Despite the almost 45 years that have passed since Martin suited up in the green and gold, and the many great players that have followed him, he still holds the all-time career record for rebounds (773), rebounds per game (14.4), and blocked shots (239). His 1,236 total points is fifth all time, and his 24.2 points per game career scoring average is third.
Although Martin wasn’t able to maintain the same pace in his sophomore season due to minor injuries and other circumstances, he continued to perform extremely well for the Bucks, hauling in 12 rebounds per game. His accolades and performance caught the eye of Head Coach Jimmy Earle at Middle Tennessee State University.
Earle, a military veteran himself and a member of the TCCAA Hall of Fame as well, signed Martin to come to Murfreesboro. While at MTSU, Martin’s team won the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament championship, and Martin was named all-conference and Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
He averaged 15.5 points during his 55-game career at MTSU, including leading the team his junior season averaging 17.9 points per game. In addition, he led the Blue Raiders in rebounding both years, averaging 8.4 his junior season and 7.9 in his senior year.
After graduating with a master’s degree, Martin served as the Director of the Parks and Recreation department in Maury County for many years. For the past 16 years he has been the Facilities Manager for the United Methodist Church of Brentwood.
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