PHILADELPHIA - Former Quaker Robin Martin has joined the Penn track and field staff as an assistant as announced by the University on Tuesday. Martin will work primarily with the middle distance runners as well as the men's and women's cross country teams.
"It's definitely great to have him back at Penn," said men's track and field head coach Charlie Powell. "He's one of the best student-athletes we've had and his enthusiasm, passion and knowledge will be invaluable to the program."
"To coach at one's alma mater is special and I thank Coach Powell and Coach Harris for giving me this opportunity," said Martin. "I'm proud to be part of this historic program and can't wait to work with all of the talented student-athletes here at Penn. I feel fortunate that everyday I get do what I love, coaching and working with past, current and future Quakers."
Head coach of women's track and field Gwen Harris is also pleased to bring Martin aboard. "He is going to be a tremendous asset to our program," said Harris. "His enthusiasm for track will definitely help push our student-athletes."
Martin raced under Powell and was a four-year member of the men's track and field team from 1996-2000. He was an 11-time Ivy League champion in the Red and Blue, and a two-time All-American. Martin was third at the NCAA Championships in the 800 meters as a junior and was a world junior champion in the 4x400-meter relay. He holds the school record in the indoor 500 meters at 1:02.18.
For the past two years Martin has served as a volunteer assistant with the men's middle distance runners.