Sherando High School Head Wrestling Coach Steps Down

Sherando High School Head Wrestling Coach Steps Down
Posted on 06/08/2018
DecorativeFor Immediate Release
June 8, 2018
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Pepper Martin, the only head wrestling coach in Sherando High School history, is stepping down in order to provide someone else with the opportunity to lead the school’s wrestling program. Although he will no longer serve as Sherando’s head wrestling coach, Martin will continue to work as a physical education teacher and the chair of Sherando’s physical education department. He will also continue serving as the school’s head baseball coach and the statistician for the school’s football team.

Sherando High School Principal John Nelson says, “Coach Martin has devoted countless hours to helping make a positive difference for students during his 25 years leading our wrestling program. Although he is stepping down as our wrestling coach, he’ll continue to positively impact our school community through his work as a teacher as well as his other coaching duties. He understands the important lessons that can be taught through athletics and is a well-respected member of our school community.”

Martin says, “Although I’m going to miss working with the wrestling team and my assistant coaches, I felt the time was right to step aside from my duties as head coach in order to provide someone else with the opportunity to lead the program. Over the past 25 years, I’ve been fortunate to watch many student success stories unfold on the mat and to witness numerous student athletes learn valuable life-long lessons through wrestling. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coaching my wrestling teams and appreciate the support they’ve received from our school community.”

Since being named Sherando’s head wrestling coach in 1993, Martin’s teams have won 561 matches, 11 district/conference championships, five regional titles and have finished in the top five at the state wrestling tournament on five different occasions. In addition, Martin has coached six individual state champions and 59 students who have placed individually at the state tournament.
In 2015, Martin received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the first class of individuals inducted in the Sherando High School Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2017.