CHATHAM, Va. — Former North Surry men’s basketball standout Lee Martin was officially introduced as the Head Coach of the Hargrave Military Academy postgraduate basketball team on Friday.
Martin, who was a four-time All-Conference performer as a 6’6” swingman for the Greyhounds between 2005 and 2008, taking North to a sectional final in his junior season, has been a coach at Hargrave for the last four seasons. He served two years as Associate Head Coach after serving two years as an Assistant Coach, all under longtime head coach A.W. Hamilton.
Hamilton recently accepted a position as an Assistant Coach at N.C. State University, and Hargrave announced that Martin would be elevated to head coach in his place.
After graduating from North Surry, Martin spent a season with the Hargrave postgraduate team himself. During the 2009 season, the Tigers went 27-2 and advanced to the national championship game for postgraduate teams under former head coach Kevin Keatts and his top assistant, Hamilton.
“Coach Martin has been an integral part of pushing the postgraduate team to new levels for the past four years, and it has not gone unnoticed,” said Dr. Wheeler Baker, Col. USMC (ret.), Hargrave’s President. “He is an exceptionally talented coach with a strong basketball background and an even stronger knowledge of who we are, our core values as an institution, and where we want to go.”
Martin will also assume the role of Program Director; overseeing the Varsity, Junior Varsity and Middle-School teams, in addition to his duties as the Postgraduate Head Coach.
After graduating from Hargrave in 2009, Martin passed up Division I offers and signed a full scholarship to play basketball at Catawba College in Salisbury, which had a stronger program in his chosen field of study. With the Indians, Martin was a four-year letterwinner and served as team captain during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Martin played a large role on the 2009-2010 Catawba team that won the South Atlantic Conference and participated in the NCAA Tournament. Martin was named team MVP after his senior season.
Martin returned to Hargrave immediately after graduating from Catawba and has served the last four years under Hamilton. During his tenure as an assistant, Hargrave’s teams went a combined 134-9 and saw 51 players sign Division I scholarships. Martin served as the Associate Head Coach on the 2016 National Championship team, as well as the 2017 team that advanced to the National Final Four. In his two years as Associate Head Coach, Hargrave’s teams went a combined 90-3, had 25 Division I commits, and set school records for wins in a season (47 in 2016) and points scored in a single game (163 in 2017). During his Hargrave tenure, all of Hargrave’s teams have advanced to at least the National Elite Eight.
Since his return to Hargrave, Martin has returned to North Surry a number of times and helped with summer camps at the school, and has also returned to the area for the Tigers’ annual exhibition games at Surry Central against Oak Hill Academy.
His sister Molly was a softball standout with the Hounds who recently completed her eligibility at N.C. State.
“It is an incredible honor to be named Head Coach of the Hargrave postgraduate basketball team. I’d like to thank Col. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Davenport and the rest of the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to lead this tremendous program,” Martin commented. “The whole- person education that Hargrave provides is an invaluable resource to each and every one of our Cadets. It truly prepares them for the next level in all phases-on and off the court. As a former player for Kevin Keatts and a former assistant for A.W. Hamilton, I’m eager to build upon the success of this program and continue to provide great opportunities to many more young men. Coach Hamilton and Coach Keatts taught me so much about the game, but more importantly, they helped me become a better man. I’m eager to get started and make a similar impact on my players in the future.”
“Hargrave is such a special place, and I told myself that I could never leave unless we could hire a coach who is a perfect fit with the school’s culture and could take the program to a new level,” commented A.W. Hamilton. “There is no doubt whatsoever that Lee Martin is the perfect coach for Hargrave.”
Coach Martin will assume his new duties immediately. For more information, please visit hargravesports.com or email [email protected]