Men's Cross Country
Carolyn Martin

Carolyn Martin

Title: Head Coach
Phone Number: (203) 582-5314
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Year: 7th Season
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Quinnipiac '03

A new era began in 2009 when Carolyn Martin took over as the new head coach for men's and women's cross country and the women's indoor track and outdoor track teams. Martin is entering her seventh year at the helm of the programs, after serving as an assistant coach for the Bobcats since 2004.

The 2014-15 season was one of the most successful all-around seasons for Martin as she helped lift all four programs to undeniably productive years. Shameal Samuels advanced to the NCAA East Regionals, becoming just the second Bobcat in program history and first in Martin's tenure as head coach to advance to an NCAA Regional event.

The women's cross country team continued its traditional dominance, taking 2nd place at the MAAC Championships for the second straight season. The men's cross country team returned to form in 2014 as the Bobcats moved up four spots on their 2013 conference championship finish to place 3rd overall at the 2014 MAAC Championships. In addition, the men's cross country team claimed a program record 3rd place (out of 40 teams) at the Paul Short Run while also placing 13th at the New England Championships (best since 2008) and 18th at the NCAA Northeast Regional (best since 2009).

Samuels' breakout season certainly drew headlines as Martin helped guide the standout sprinter to the 2015 MAAC Indoor Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer award, the highest individual honor handed out by the conference and the program's first student-athlete to earn the recognition. Martin's teams continued an all-around improvement as the Bobcats placed 3rd (tied program record) with 104 points (program record) at the 2015 MAAC Indoor Championships. Perhaps the greatest triumph of the campaign came at the 2015 MAAC Outdoor Championships as her team tallied a program record 127 points on the way to finishing a program-best 2nd place. Samuels went on to compete at the 2015 NCAA East Regional in the 400m where she also became the first sprinter in program history to advance to an NCAA Regional event. 

Martin is a three-time Coach of the Year, all of which coming while Quinnipiac was a member of the Northeast Conference (2009-12). Among those three Coach of the Year distinctions, twice came as the women's cross country head coach (2009, 2011) and once with the women's indoor track and field program (2012-13).

With a passion to coach and participate in distance running, Martin has made an enormous impact in her first six years, continuing the long-term success of the cross country programs and the newfound emergence of the track and field teams. Under Martin’s tutelage, the women’s team extended its streak to eight straight Northeast Conference Titles, after running away with the championship in 2012.

Now having joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2013-14, the Quinnipiac women's cross country team showed very well as the Bobcats earned 2nd place in their first conference championship meet as a MAAC member. Five Bobcats finished in the Top 20 overall while four of her runners earned All-Conference honors in the title race. Martin's 2013 women's squad also pushed the nine-time defending MAAC Champs Iona and finished just 29 points behind the Gaels, their smallest margin of victory since 2008.

Since taking over in 2009, has named 24 student-athletes to the All-Conference team and guided Becca White to an Outstanding Performer Award in 2010.

As an assistant at Quinnipiac for five seasons, Martin helped inaugurate the cross country program into a perennial power in the NEC, winning four straight league championships from 2005-08. Martin's responsibilities included recruiting student-athletes, as well as coordinating the teams' travel arrangements and official statistics. She also assisted in the coaching and training of Quinnipiac's first All-American Division I athlete, Katie Gwyther. Gwyther competed in three NCAA Championships during her time with the Bobcats.

On the men’s side, Martin has helped the Bobcats to four NEC titles dating back to her first season as an assistant in 2004. During that eight year span, she has named three student-athletes as Outstanding Performer, Thomas Martin, Jacob Gurzler and Richard Klauber, and landed 31 student-athletes to the All-Conference Team. The Bobcats collected three straight NEC Championships from 2006-08 and most recently finished 3rd place in the 2014 MAAC Championships. 

Martin continues to make significant strides with the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams as well, highligted by her recent honor as the 2012-13 Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year, her third overall and first in the track and field program. Martin led an inspired group of Bobcats to a sixth place finish, their highest team finish in the NEC Championship since 2007. The progression of the track and field programs continued into the 2013-14 season wherein Martin guided the program's first individual MAAC Champion (Shameal Samuels, 400m) in addition to the first individual New England Champion (Shameal Samuels, 400m) and New England Relay Championship (Becca Stabile, Nia Baker, Shameal Samuels, Kristen Ulrich, 4x400m).

Off the track, Martin's teams are consistently among the highest regarded student-athletes among all of Quinnipiac's 21 varsity programs. In 2014-15, Quinnipiac women's cross country earned its sixth NCAA Public Recognition Award (based on multiple-year Academic Program Rates), including the program's fifth consecutive. The Public Recognition Award, given to teams that have an APR among the Top 10 percent in their respective sport, measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. 

Martin earned a Bachelor's degree from Quinnipiac in 2003, before receiving a Masters of Teaching in the Spring of 2004. Along with coaching the Bobcats, Martin was a science teacher at Hamden High School for nearly 10 years.

During her final collegiate season, Martin was the NEC Champion in the 10,000 meters during the outdoor track season, following an indoor season that saw her claim two individual conference titles in the 5,000 and 3,000 meter races. In cross country, she led the way for the Bobcats and captured fourth overall in the NEC Championships. She was first named to the All-Conference team, and then followed with an All-New England accolade at NCAA Regionals.

Her leadership on and off the course led her to being named team captain for her final two seasons with the Bobcats. As a student-athlete, Martin also served on the on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) from 2000 through 2002.

She currently resides in Northford, Conn., with her husband and fellow former Quinnipiac runner, Tom Martin, her daughter Jacquelyn and son Liam.