PICTURE: GHS Coach Chad Watson informing Coach Edd Martin of the naming of the Field House at Green Wave Stadium in Coach Martin’s honor. (Photo Credit: Reynard Martin)
On Friday, October 23, 2020, Gallatin High School and Green Wave Football had the opportunity to honor a true Gallatin legend. Below is the script from the ceremony naming the Field House at Green Wave Stadium the Coach Edd L. Martin Field House.
In 2018, the field house at Green Wave Stadium underwent a major renovation to the locker room and public bathroom areas. In 2019, a new concession stand attached to the building was opened, and tonight, Gallatin High School has the privilege of naming the Field House in honor of Union High School and Green Wave legend Coach Edd Lee Martin.
Coach Martin is a 1950 graduate of Union High School where he was a multi-year letterman in football and basketball. He was also a member of New Farmers of America and the Dramatic Guild while a student at Union. He was voted Most Athletic Boy for his Senior Class and was the Most Dependable Guard on the Red Devil Basketball Team.
Coach Martin was the first Union High School graduate to receive an athletic scholarship from Fisk University. During the Korean War, Coach Martin served in the United States Army for two years training soldiers at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
After completing his degree at Mississippi Valley State University in 1957, Coach Martin returned to teach and coach at Union High School. While he was at Union, he helped coached multiple sports, notably as assistant coach on the 1965 boys’ basketball team that finished as state runner up and as head boys’ coach of the 1970 district runner up basketball team.
Following the closing of Union in 1970, Coach Martin continued his positive influence on the young men and women of Gallatin as teacher and head football coach at Gallatin Junior High. The field house served as the locker room for those Green Wave teams and Coach Martin spent many hours in the building preparing the middle school Green Wave for their turn as members of the Gallatin High School Green Wave. He is well known for his quotes, with “It’s hard, but it’s fair,” being one of his best known.
Coach Martin was inducted into the Gallatin Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2017 because of his role in the success of both Red Devil and Green Wave student-athletes. Coach Martin and his beloved late wife Frances have also been recognized by the Shalom Zone of Gallatin with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to the community.
At this time, we ask that members of Coach Martin’s family and his church family that are here tonight to please stand. Coach Martin’s family, including his wife Frances, are a huge part of his success in this life.
Tonight, Coach Chad Watson, Green Wave football, and Gallatin High School want to take this time to recognize and honor Coach Edd Martin for his significant contribution to the Gallatin community by renaming this building the Coach Edd L. Martin Field House.
The Plaque being presented by Gallatin High School Principal Dr. Ron Becker and Head Football Coach Chad Watson reads:
Presented in recognition of
Gallatin High School’s naming of the
Coach Edd L. Martin Field House
Thank you for your contributions to
Green Wave and Red Devil Athletics
Gallatin High School, Union High School, and the city of Gallatin wish to say congratulations and thank you to Coach Edd Martin and his family for this well-deserved honor. Thank you, Coach Martin.