Head Coach Derrel Martin completed his first season with a 4-12 overall record and 1-7 in the rugged Gulf South Conference standings. As the women's lacrosse head coach, Martin is second head coach in the two-year history of the program.
“The 2019 season was a year for learning for all of us,” said Coach Martin “(Assistant) Coach Megan Smith and I were new to the program and it took a while for us to figure out everything as a team. Just when we thought we had our team set, we lost our entire defense to either injury or attrition.” Sophomore Kaylyn Dillion earned a spot on the All-GSC team for the second straight year.
Martin previously served as head coach of the women's lacrosse team at Tennessee Wesleyan University where he led the Bulldogs to an 11-5 record with a roster that included 15 freshmen and just six returners. His ladies finished the year ranked No. 9 nationally in the NAIA and placed second in the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season standings.
"There is such an energy and passion on this campus and around the lacrosse program in particular," said Martin. "It's an exciting time for the sport in general in this area of the country.
Martin received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State in 1986. He served in law enforcement for 31 years while coaching lacrosse at Cookeville High School (2007-2014) prior to taking over at TWU.
Martin has two children, Patrick Martin and Caroline Martin Hampshire.