MONDAY, JULY 17, 2000
Former NFL Star Kelvin Martin joins Football Staff

July 15, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Ribault High and NFL standout Kelvin Martin has been hired as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Jacksonville University, head coach Steve Gilbert announced today. Martin will be responsible for developing the Dolphin receivers as Jacksonville enters its third year of intercollegiate football, as well as coordinating the recruiting process for JU's non-scholarship program.

Martin joins the JU program after two seasons as offensive coordinator at Ribault High where he helped guide the school to its first-ever undefeated regular season (10-0) and a No. 4 ranking in the state in 1999. The Trojans' offense ranked No. 2 in the Jacksonville area last season as Ribault captured the county and district championship en route to the state playoffs and a 10-1 mark.

"Kelvin brings us instant credibility - not only because of his outstanding playing career, but also because of his success as a coach the past two years," said Gilbert. "We are excited about the wealth of football knowledge that he brings to our program, and his ability to recruit the top student-athletes to JU."

Prior to entering the coaching profession, Martin spent 10 seasons as a standout NFL receiver and return specialist for the Dallas Cowboys (1987-92, 1996), Seattle Seahawks (1993-94) and Philadelphia Eagles (1995). Martin finished his NFL career with 367 receptions for 4,768 yards and 15 touchdowns. The former fourth-round draft pick from Boston College also made a name for himself as a punt returner with 2,576 career return yards and three touchdowns. Martin twice led the Cowboys in receiving (1989, 1990), and in 1992, played in all 16 games as the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXVII. Before leaving Dallas after the 1992 season, Martin became the Cowboys all-time leader in punt return yards (1,430), and during the 1991 and 1992 seasons, he tied the Dallas record for career punt returns for touchdowns with three.

In 1993, Martin was voted Professional Athlete of the Year by the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame as well as being presented with a key to the City of Jacksonville. Martin was ranked 25th on the list of Jacksonville's "100 Greatest Athletes of the Century" by the Florida Times Union and, in October of 1999, was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame.

Martin finished his four-year career at Boston College (1983-87) as the school's all-time leader in receptions (133), receiving yardage (2,377) and receiving touchdowns (28). He was a first-team All-East selection as a junior and senior, and earned offensive MVP honors in the 1987 Hall of Fame Bowl in a 27-24 win over Georgia. Martin, who earned his B.A. in communications from Boston College in 1987, also led the nation in punt return yardage as a junior with 510 yards.

As a prep athlete at Ribault, Martin earned all-city honors in 1982 and 1983, and as a senior helped lead the Trojans to the city championship game.