There is a new head coach about to be roaming the sidelines of Javelina Stadium and he is quite the familiar face.
Jaime Martinez, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Javelinas, takes over for the ousted David Calloway after 10 seasons on the staff here at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is well known for his powerful offensive lines that he has produced all the way back since his first season with the team in 2004.
Interim head coach Jaime Martinez said that the change in titles happened rather quick and that him and the team are trying to get themselves moving in the right direction.
“It’s kind of one of the deals right now where we are still trying to get back on the floor. It kind of happened pretty quick, we are trying to get our feet moving in the right direction,” Martinez said. “We are trying to get the whole team going in the right direction right now, it’s a tough situation for all of us.”
“It’s one of those deals where Mr. Gines has entrusted me with the role of leading this team for the rest of the year. This is what we are going to try to do, me as well as the other coaches on this staff,” he added.
Martinez is a former player for the Javelinas amassing a stellar career leading the offensive line from 1992-1995. During his playing time with the Javelinas he earned two first team ALL-LSC selections.
Martinez said that when he talked to the team he told them that the name of the game is the same, to go out there and try to win ballgames.
“I had a chance to talk to them Monday after Mr. Gines talked to them, basically just told them. ‘hey you know we‘re still looking in the same direction that we were on Sunday,‘” Martinez said. “We had a tough week last week, but we are still trying to move forward we are still trying to win football games.”
Martinez said that the biggest thing he is going to try and instill into this team is the work ethic and the discipline that his teams had when he played with the Javelinas.
“I think the biggest thing is work ethic and discipline, those are the two biggest things that really stick in my mind. Playing under coach Harms as my head coach and coach Castillo as my line coach, hard work was a big thing and key for our success,” he said.
Before Martinez made his way back to his Alma matter he spent five years as offensive line coach and special teams coordinator with Granger High School. He also spent time with Medina Valley High School in Castroville as the offensive line coach as well.
Martinez has coached three All-Americans and several All-LSC players including this season with lineman Christian Garcia.
Martinez said that his teams will come to play every Saturday and that it won’t be a walk in the park for any opponent.
“Well the only thing I can really say is I’m going to come to work everyday, I’m going to try and put out the best product on the field every Saturday. I owe that to this university because this university is my home.”