Carolyn Martin

Carolyn Martin

Phone Number: (203) 582-5314
Email Address: carolyn.robin@quinnipiac.edu
Year: 6th 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 sixth year at the helm of the programs, after serving as an assistant coach for the Bobcats since 2004.

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 five years, especially in regards to continuing the success of the women’s cross country program. 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 showed very well as the Bobcats earned second place overall 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 22 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 Northeast Conference, 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 30 student-athletes to the All-Conference Team. The Bobcats collected three straight NEC Championships from 2006-08. 

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).

During her stint with the Bobcats, she has guided over 40 student-athletes to first-place showings, including six in 2008. Four Bobcats were honored in 2007, a season that ended with a fourth-place finish in the NEC Indoor Track Championships.

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 has been a science teacher at Hamden High School for the past seven 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 and her daughter Jacquelyn.