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608th Career Victory

Dec. 3, 2011
[ Jay Martin ]
Photo by John Albright

The Ohio Wesleyan men's soccer team's 2-1 win over Calvin on Friday did more than give the Battling Bishops their second NCAA Division III national championship. It marked the 608th career victory for Battling Bishop head coach Jay Martin, making him the all-time leader in victories by a college men's soccer coach.

Martin, in his 35th season at Ohio Wesleyan, surpasses Joe Bean, who compiled 607 wins at Quinnipiac, Bridgeport, and Wheaton (Ill.) from 1962-2006, as the winningest coaches in college men's soccer history.

"It means I'm old, it means I've been coaching a long time, it means that there have been great players at Ohio Wesleyan over the 35 years I've been here" Martin said. "I'm proud that I've done something that noone else has, and that's kind of cool."

Senior back Andrew Miller (Medina), a Bishop co-captain this season, said, "It's something we could foresee the potential of reaching. (Jay's) done so much for us the last 4 years, to be able to give this back to him is just fantastic."

"I don't think you could write a better ending than this," said senior forward Travis Wall (Columbus/Upper Arlington), who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player - Offense.