Professional Quarterback Coach Tom Martinez Remembered Fondly By His Students
Well-known quarterback Tom Brady and up and coming quarterbacks Kyle and Austin Craichy and others coached by Tom Martinez are saddened by his passing Tuesday
Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) February 22, 2012
66-year-old Tom Martinez died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. It was his birthday. Martinez’s wife, Olivia, told the San Mateo Daily Journal that her husband was receiving dialysis at the time of the attack.
Martinez is best known for coaching New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady beginning when Brady was thirteen. Martinez coached at the College of San Mateo at the time and continued the relationship during Brady’s NFL career.
“Coach Martinez’s invaluable assistance and support will never be forgotten and will always have a lasting impact on my life,” Brady told reporters in Boston. “The time we spent together remain some of my fondest memories. His legacy of commitment, toughness and determination will live on forever.”
Tom Martinez has also coached many other professional, college and high school quarterbacks, including Kyle and Austin Craichy of Orlando, Florida.
“I will miss Coach Tom,” Kyle Craichy said when he heard the news this morning. “Coach taught me so much about the game and how to throw the ball with speed and accuracy. He truly was a great man and coach. I appreciate how Coach Tom trained my brother and me alongside the professional quarterbacks and treated us all the same. I pray the Lord will give peace to Miss Olivia and their family.”
Austin Craichy remembers how much Coach Martinez cared about him. “I’m so thankful for the time I had to train with Coach Tom. He was passionate about excellence and helped me dig deep inside myself to be a better person and better quarterback. I will never forget him.”
Martinez coached at San Mateo College from 1974 – 2007. He had a total of 1,400 career wins in football, basketball and softball. His teams won 32 championships during those years. After retiring from college coaching in 2007, Martinez turned his attention to coaching quarterbacks from grade school to the pros. In addition to coaching Tom Brady, Martinez also coached Richard Bartels with the Arizona Cardinals, Matt Cassell when he was with the New England Patriots, Danny Southwick of the Oakland Raiders, and Matt Guitierrez with the Green Bay Packers.
Martinez had suffered for some time from both kidney and heart problems, but continued to train and coach as long as he could. He was waiting for a kidney transplant when he died. Olivia Martinez said her husband leaves three children and their spouses, six grandchildren, “and hundreds of young athletes in the Bay area and around the country.”
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