Dave Martin

Greater Atlanta Christian School announced Dave Martin as its new head softball coach earlier this week.

Martin comes to the Norcross private school from Saddleback Valley Christian (Calif.), where he was assistant athletic director the past 12 years. As a softball coach, he won four San Joaquin League championships and was a three-time San Joaquin League Coach of the Year.

“Coach Martin is a great fit for GAC and our campus culture,” GAC athletic director Tim Hardy said. “He is coming from Saddleback Valley Christian School in San Juan Capistrano, California, where he spent over 20 years in Christian education as a teacher, coach and administrator. He has a passion for the game of softball with 18 seasons of softball coaching experience. In addition to coaching his high school teams, he has also coached club softball for a number of seasons.

“He is an experienced and highly recommended program leader who has a passion for skill development and seeing his athletes grow through the game of softball. We believe the Lord has led Coach Martin to GAC to guide our program for the coming years.”

Martin replaces former Spartan softball coach Jessica Coan Crawford, who accepted a coaching position at Jackson County. She was a record-breaking pitcher at GAC before playing college softball at Georgia Tech and North Georgia.

“I am beyond blessed and excited to join the GAC family,” Martin said. “I am a firm believer in the value of Christian education, which is why all three of our children attended SVC preschool through high school. I love softball. The pace of the game, the competition, along with the passion with which the athletes play, fuel my desire to get on the dirt each and every day.

“Likewise, I am a huge proponent and fan of women’s sports. The lifelong benefits are amazing. I have experienced this firsthand as I’ve had the joy of coaching my daughter in high school and following her athletic career through college. Too many girls quit playing sports in middle school due to a lack of validation through their experiences. I hope to foster a culture at GAC that draws girls to the game of softball, developing a passion and love that will keep them playing as long as possible.”

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