Ed Martin


Ed Martin (Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach, 1985-1989; Vanderbilt Professor) 

A coach on the court and in life, Ed Martin was not only a mentor for standout players like Will Perdue and Jeff Turner early in their careers as a Commodore assistant, but also regarded as the father of Vanderbilt’s Human and Organizational Development community service program. His efforts and example through the freshman course he taught on Community Service inspired many students to volunteer their time for the Nashville community. Despite a busy schedule befitting someone with a distinguished coaching career, Martin gave much of his own time to charitable service organizations, living what he taught. He passed away in 2005 at age 75.

  • Vanderbilt Professor of Human and Organizational Development, Emeritus
  • Assistant coach for Vanderbilt basketball for four seasons (1985-1989)
  • Prior to Vanderbilt, coached Tennessee State for 17 seasons (1968-1985) with an overall record of 290-169
  • Won Associated Press national championship in 1973 with Tennessee State
  • Amassed 508 victories in his coaching career
  • Appointed associate professor of human development at Peabody College (1989)
  • Volunteered at countless community organizations
  • Received the 1995 Human Relations Award from the Nashville region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews
  • In his honor, his family established the Ed Martin Foundation for At-Risk Youth