Wayne Martin

Students walking at the Main Campus Park

New Athletics Director Outlines Bold Vision


Meet Wayne Martin
      
Wayne Martin
PCCC’s New Athletics Director
(Posted 8-25-14)

 


With a strong background as both a coach and administrator, Wayne Martin wasted no time when he took over as PCCC’s new Director of Athletics last December.  (Read Mr. Martin’s professional history).


“I hit the ground running” said Martin.  “It’s good to be back to administration in athletics and working as an Athletic Director in New Jersey and reconnecting with colleagues affiliated with NJCAA Region XIX.”


A much honored tennis professional who also admits to having a “passion for the business and operation of sports in general,” Martin is tall in stature and has an open presence that matches the ambitious vision he has already started to implement at PCCC.


“We’ve repainted some of the facilities and will be getting a new gym floor and bleachers,” Martin said. The enthusiastic  administrator is also training his staff to be more “multi-tasking and multi-dimensional.”


Proud of successfully engaging local venues, such as Pennington Park, for PCCC’s sporting and recreational events, the administrator believes this will afford the College’s student body with more exposure and create closer ties to the community.


He is also developing ideas for new health and fitness programs at the College and aims to collaborate with the Nursing Department to offer blood testing, cancer screening and other services.


And that’s just the wellness side of his endeavors. A vigorous proponent of strong academics for athletes, Martin took to heart PCCC’s new initiative “Start on track, stay on track”- to improve student graduation rates.


“We’re going to reach out to the community and build grounds to work together with academic faculty  to keep athletes on track with their academics and hopefully tap private entities for funding” said Martin.


The administrator also looks forward to teaching courses in PCCC’s new Sports Management degree program, which he said was “a big draw” in his decision to come to PCCC.


“This is a program that opens doors, because it offers many different directions in terms of career opportunities,” said Martin. “You can develop a skill-set in areas of accounting, marketing , sports medicine, coaching, and even customer service, and you can work at fitness centers, rehab centers, parks, recreation departments, corporate industries or educational settings…the possibilities are endless.”


Martin also hopes to establish internships, particularly at Fairleigh Dickinson University which has transfer agreements with PCCC for sports management. “To work hand-in-hand with programs on a four- year basis is very exciting for me.”


An apprentice in the City of Paterson Leadership Program where he is  “learning how the municipal government works,” Martin will also co-direct PCCC’s  Black Male Leadership Initiative, a program to help increase graduation rates  among black males and encourage these young men to realize their full academic, career, and personal potential.


“As an African-American man, I empathize with these students,” said Martin. “Many young men of color are caught in what appears to be a downward spiral, and we want to reverse that direction.”


He described a pilot program with 10-15 young men who will receive attentive and personalized guidance in order to “strengthen character, maintain focus, and pursue rewarding careers.”


Confident and compassionate, Martin looks forward to the challenges ahead. “I’m thankful to Dr. Sharon Goldstein, Dean of Student Affairs for providing me this opportunity along with the support of the PCCC Family,” said Martin.  “It is truly a blessing.”