Posted on October 13th, 2004
Larry R. Martin has submitted his resignation as athletic director at EMU, Harrisonburg, Va.
In an October 11 letter to Dr. Kenneth L. Nafziger, vice president for student life, Martin stated his intention to resign, effective Oct. 22, 2004.
Martin became athletic director at EMU on July 1, 2001. Before that, he was associate director of athletics for external affairs at Towson (Md.) University, a Division I member of the Colonial Athletic Association.
The director of athletics oversees the 17 intercollegiate sports programs at EMU, providing overall leadership, advocacy and strategic planning.
According to Nafziger, “Larry came to EMU with evangelistic energy and zeal. As the first full-time AD, he brought EMU athletics into the 21st century.
“Larry made athletic events appealing to students, faculty, staff, and community members alike,” Nafziger added. “Halftimes at basketball games became ‘don’t miss’ events. In addition, his background as a CPA helped him do an outstanding job of managing a complex budget for 17 sports. He is leaving the program in great shape for his successor.”
During his three years at EMU, Martin greatly increased revenue from athletic ticket sales, concessions and advertising sales. In addition, the university received an NCAA Initiative Grant which was used to create TEAM EMU, a working relationship among the athletics, admissions and financial aid departments.