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Martin leaves WCMS baseball for WCHS
Assumes assistant coach job
David Martin
David Martin speaks to his Warren County Middle School baseball team following the 2013 season. Martin accepted an assistant coach position with WCHS this week, ending a four-year run as the leader of the WCMS Pioneers. Martin led the Pioneers to a CTC championship in May. - photo by Jeffery Simmons

Coaching changes have been a constant in Warren County in the last year. The moves continued this week.
David Martin, who has served as the Warren County Middle School baseball coach for the last four years, announced he will be vacating the job to become an assistant coach on the WCHS baseball staff.
Martin has helped the Pioneers compile an outstanding 48-16 record over the last three years, which included claiming the Central Tennessee Conference tournament championship in May and finishing with the best record in the 2013 regular season. Martin is hopeful his success will translate to the next level as he joins coach Adam Childs’ staff.
“I’ve been doing middle school for four years. I knew at some point in time I wanted to get back to the high school level. The high school is where I’m more needed right now, helping coach Childs with the program,” said Martin. “I’m looking forward to working with Adam and Tim Frye. I want to keep building the program back to the Warren County days where we were used to winning district championships.”
The Warren County High School baseball team is coming off its first district title in over a decade while the WCMS team won its first CTC tournament under Martin after advancing to the CTC finals for the third consecutive season.
Though Martin always knew he would end up back at the high school, he wasn’t going to leave the WCMS team unless he felt like it would be in good hands. Enter Jordan Underhill, a three-year assistant under Martin and last year’s coach of the Grundy County Middle School baseball team.
With Underhill ready to step up and lead the middle school Pioneers, Martin believed he could safely change positions.
“I didn’t want to make the move unless we could find somebody who could step in behind me and help develop the kids and keep the program going,” said Martin. “Jordan worked with me for three years. He’ll carry on the things they’ve picked up from me and be able to continue to build the program.”
Underhill, whose father Larry was the coach at WCMS before Martin, is ready to take on the challenge of leading the Pioneers.
“I’m excited to be back and appreciate having this opportunity,” said Underhill. “I want to help these kids develop, not only as players, but as students and role models as well.”
Developing relationships with the kids and helping them along was something Martin enjoyed most at Warren County Middle Schoool.
“My overall favorite thing was knowing when the kids leave WCMS, they know I care about them,” said Martin. “It was always hard to let them go because of the relationships we’ve developed over the years. The good thing is I’ll be reunited with the guys I’ve had before.”
As for his favorite moment on the field, Martin believes it happened last May when the Pioneers hoisted the tournament championship trophy.
“Just sitting back and watching the kids celebrate the championship was great,” said Martin. “It was nice to see the guys getting rewarded for the time and effort they put in to accomplish one goal. I got to watch them be able to celebrate and learn what it takes to win a championship and be successful.”
Martin believes he leaves behind a strong-willed group of Pioneers who should perform admirably under Underhill’s leadership.
“If I was going to make the move, right now was the time. The way I felt about it, if I ever had a team that could handle a transition, it was the team coming back. They’re mature, strong mentality and can overcome,” said Martin.
Martin won’t be able to hit the field with the Pioneers until next February when spring practice starts, but he’s already chomping at the bit to get to work.
“I want to see if I can contribute to the high school. It’s going to be about outworking other teams and beating people with fundamental baseball,” said Martin.