Angela (Angie) Martin enters her 12th year at Indiana State and her fourth as the head coach of the women’s track & field team with the 2013-2014 campaign. In three years as the head coach, Indiana State has had a 2-time national champion, six All-Americans, 14 conference champions, and 46 selected All-Conference performers. 2013 turned out to be a great year for the Sycamores under the guidance of Martin as the women were 2nd indoors and conference champions outdoors.
In her third season as the women’s track & field head coach, three Sycamores earned All-American recognition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and one earned All-American Recognition at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The group was led by Felisha Johnson who picked up three All-American recognitions during 2013 season with a huge throw to win the national championship in the weight throw at the Indoor Championships, and third in the shot put and 23rd in the hammer throw at the Outdoor Championships. Johnson also competed at the World University games, where she placed 7th at the World University games after placing 5th at the US championships.
The Sycamores earned eleven indoor and eleven outdoor All-Conference recognitions at the MVC Championships. Kimyanna Rudolph won the Indoor Pole Vault conference title, Felisha Johnson won the weight throw, Leeann Michl won the 800 meter run, and Katie Wise won the 60 meter dash. Meanwhile, at the outdoor championships five members of the team qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary round including Nicole Hope, Richelle Kimble, and Kimyanna Rudolph in the pole vault and Leann Michl in the 800 meters, Katie Wise in the 100 meter dash,Felisha Johnson (shot put, discus, and hammer throw), and Stacia Weatherford (400 meter hurdles). She also had the 4 x 100 meter relay team qualify for the East Preliminary. Felisha Johnson, Stacia Weatherford, Nicole Hope, and Katie Wise all qualified for the finals of the NCAA championships.
In her first season as the head coach, six Sycamores earned All-Conference recognition at the Indoor Track & Field Championships and three more earned All-Conference recognition at the Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Two members of the team earned All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships as Felisha Johnson won the weight throw and Kelsey Hanley placed seventh. Both also advanced to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Another Sycamore, Kelly Steffen, competed in the USA Outdoor Junior Nationals in the heptathlon.
Martin coaches the long sprinters and combined event athletes for the Sycamore combined track & field program. While at Indiana State, Martin has had athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships 10 different times. She has also coached 18 NCAA Regional qualifiers and 19 Missouri Valley Conference Champions.
One of her protégés was Erica Moore who earned All-American recognition in 2010 in the indoor 800 meters and outdoor 400 hurdles while competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships (800 meters) and NCAA Outdoor Championships (400 hurdles). Moore also qualified for the NCAA’s in both the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon but chose not to compete in those events at the championships. Moore also won indoor conference titles in the 800 meters and 4x400 relay, and outdoor titles in the 400 hurdles, heptathlon, and 4x400 relay.
Martin also coached Leeann Michl who was a three time conference champion in the 800 meter run and eventually went on to break Martin's school record in the 800. Her time of 2:05.57 at the American Milers Club Series meet topped Martin's previous record of 2:06.05.
During the 2009 season, Martin coached Moore to the NCAA Indoor Championships in both the 800 meters and pentathlon. After winning the 800 meters and being a part of the championship 4x400 meter relay at the MVC Indoor Meet, Moore went on to win both the heptathlon and 400 meter hurdles at the Outdoor MVC Meet. She finished 17th overall in the heptathlon at the Outdoor NCAA Championships.
After winning the 2008 Indoor MVC Championship in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay, Erica Moore went on to finish ninth in the Indoor NCAA Championships in the 800 meters. She also competed in the Outdoor NCAA Championships and US Olympic Trials in the 400 meter hurdles.
Two other Sycamore athletes under Martin’s direction were Anthony Bertoli and Sean Wright. Bertoli finished third in the men’s decathlon at the 2009 MVC Outdoor meet, while Sean Wright finished second in the 400 meters.
Wright, a 20 time All-MVC athlete, qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in both the 200 and 400 meter dash while Bertoli provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the decathlon.
The 2007 season saw Wright provisionally qualify for the NCAA 400 meter dash indoors en route to breaking a 25 year old school record. Under Martin’s direction Wright also broke the outdoor school record (46.23), qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 400 meter dash four times and anchored the regional qualifying 4 x 400 meter relay.
Martin coached her first national qualifier in the 400 meter dash in 2004. Alicia Miller broke both the indoor and outdoor school records in the 400 meters and went on to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships by running 53.26.
Before returning to ISU, Martin served as a coach at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. There, she coached the 2002 state runner up in the 400 meters and the 4 x 800 meter relay. She also coached state qualifiers in the 4 x 400 meter relay and high jump.
A student-athlete from 1997-2001, Martin was a three–time Missouri Valley Conference champion in the 400 meter hurdles. Her quest to achieve All-American honors in 2000 is a rags to riches story. Having never run the 800-meter run in high school and having only run it once as a freshman, she began training for the race with a passion.
In less than a year, her desire culminated with an all-time 800-meter indoor Missouri Valley Conference record of 2:06.19 at the NCAA Championships, where she placed 8th. Outdoors, she went on to run 2:06.05 and finished 18th at the NCAA meet. In 2007, Martin was named to the MVC All-Centennial Team for middle distance to join some of the best track & field athletes of all-time. Martin was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 13, 2010.
She was a two time state champion in the 300 meter hurdles in Wisconsin (Seymour) and still holds the state championship record for Division I.
In addition to her success on the track, Martin was an outstanding student-athlete. She graduated from Indiana State with a degree in art education and a minor in physical education. Her laurels as a student-athlete also earned her the prestigious Hillman Award for being the best senior athlete at Indiana State in 2001. She has also earned her master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in coaching.
Angela is joined on the staff by her husband, Jeff. They reside in Terre Haute and have two children, Emma and Blake.