‘It’s a dream job to be able to promote Indiana basketball’


When he was a child, Matt Martin would tag together on golfing outings with his grandfather and his close friends and listen to their stories.

“My parents constantly joked that I would constantly navigate to the oldest individual in the area to hear what they had to say,” Martin claimed with a chuckle.

Martin, 38, discovered a beneficial and, most likely, deteriorating talent: how to listen. That excellent really should provide him properly in his new part as the govt director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Matt Martin

Matt Martin

The selecting was announced Monday by Hall of Fame president Mark Baltz.

Martin, in his eighth yr as the athletic director at Knightstown Large Faculty, replaces Chris May perhaps, who declared his resignation previous month. Could will aid Martin in the changeover before stepping apart June 15.

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“It’s a aspiration work to be equipped to encourage Indiana basketball,” Martin reported. “It wasn’t even on my radar at all until I observed Chris was stepping down.”

The much more Martin assumed about the job, the a lot more it built perception. He taught heritage. He enjoys basketball. He life in close proximity to the Hall of Fame in New Castle. And he has a lot of connections in the high faculty athletics globe. Martin is at present a member of the Indiana Superior University Athletic Affiliation govt committee (he was the president of the executive committee for the duration of the 2019-20 college 12 months) and acquired a stamp of acceptance from IHSAA commissioner Paul Neidig.

But Martin is aware there is still a lot to learn.

“What I’m likely to have to catch up on and learn from Chris is the minor nuances of the work and the heritage,” he explained. “When you chat to Chris, he’s like an encyclopedia of Indiana basketball. Like Donald Davidson is to the (Indianapolis 500). He is aware how to join every little thing.”

Martin graduated from Knightstown and Purdue. He and his wife Rachel are dad and mom to sons, Gary and Oliver.

The Hall of Fame received a key renovation past calendar year — named the Ron and Charlotte Warrick Legends Venture — soon after the couple that remaining their entire 6-figure estate to the Hall when they died (Ron in 2018 and Charlotte in 2021). All those updates, which consist of new lights, digitized shots of point out championship groups, a hardwood floor and a great deal much more, were unveiled in June of 2021.

“There is going to be a understanding curve as I get into the task, but I want to continue on to broaden the base of the Corridor of Fame — and I never necessarily signify the brick and mortar,” Martin claimed. “We want to make guaranteed the Hall of Fame signifies every element of the state of Indiana. That’s what the Hall of Fame ought to be. I system to get out and see games in all 92 counties and make confident we’re visible as a result of the total state and create on what Chris has done.”

Martin coached at North White as he finished up his diploma at Purdue prior to heading to instruct and mentor various sporting activities at Daleville for 3 several years. He then taught just one year at Perry Meridian and coached the junior varsity basketball group just before heading on to Knightstown as athletic director.

Martin reported he is wanting forward to getting all around the state and using that high quality he honed at a younger age.

“I’m wanting forward to receiving out and speaking to people,” Martin claimed. “I assume the Corridor of Fame has been in advance of the curve when it arrives to social media and video clip stories and the growth of the real making. There’s often methods to increase what we’re executing for today’s audience.”

Get in touch with Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.

This report at first appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indiana Basketball Corridor of Fame names Matt Martin govt director


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