A former club and high school coach, Sarah Martin, one of the AVCA’s 30 Under 30 Award honorees, is the newest addition to the Morehead State staff, where she will act as an assistant coach for the indoor team. The Transylvania (Ky.) University alumna and 2010 Heartland Collegiate Athletics Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player comes to Morehead after spending the 2017 season as head coach of the 17-1’s team for the Kentucky Ohana Volleyball Academy.
The previous six years, including during her Transylvania career, Martin coached with the Lexington United Volleyball Club, working with the 14’s and 17’s teams.
Martin also boasts coaching experience with Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, acting as both assistant coach and junior varsity coach. While with Blue Devils, Martin led the team to four straight state tournament appearances, including the 2016 title match.
A stint as assistant varsity and head JV coach at Bryan Station High School in 2011 also dots Martin’s resume.
As a collegian, Martin, then Sarah Sams, set the Transylvania school record for career digs, notching 2,072 saves from 2007 to 2010. She also ranks second in digs per set (4.47) and 10th in service aces (79).
The defensive specialist owns four of the Top 10 spots in season digs, setting the then record with 563 in 2009, which was snapped by Erin Hoffmann in 2012 (648). She also ranks fourth (509 in 2007), fifth (504 in 2008) and sixth (496 in 2010) in the category. Martin also ranks third, seventh, eighth and 10th in digs per set.
The 2011 Transylvania alumna boasts the match record for digs with 49 vs. Goshen on Sept. 3, 2010. She also ranks fourth (36), eighth (34) and ninth (33) in saves.