Exercise science professor becomes national ‘Educator of the Year’
Georgia College professor Dr. Mike Martino has earned the 2012 Educator of the Year Award by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for his contributions to the fields of exercise science and human performance.
Martino became this year’s recipient for his leadership and commitment to the education of general strength training and conditioning; exercise and sport science; and enhancement of the discipline through the NSCA.
“I am extremely honored to be recognized for this prestigious award,” said Martino, associate professor in Georgia College’s Department of Kinesiology. “This honor is a lifetime achievement award.”
Martino also serves as coordinator for Georgia College’s Exercise Science Program and NSCA’s Southeast Region. He encourages Georgia College exercise science undergraduate and graduate students to present findings from their research conducted at Georgia College during NSCA professional conferences.
Gary Schofield, Georgia state director for NSCA, nominated Martino for the award. Schofield and Martino have worked together in exercise science for nearly 10 years.
“Dr. Martino stands out in the field for his ability to provide scientifically balanced, research-based ideas that have a direct practical application to real-world settings,” said Schofield, who also works as high school strength coach for Greater Atlanta Christian Academy. “Mike can bridge that gap and provide information to the coach that will directly impact the quality of their programs and training systems.”
NSCA is an international nonprofit educational association that includes more than 30,000 members in 52 countries. The association develops and presents the most advanced information about strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention and research findings.
Martino earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He earned both his master’s degree and doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
At Georgia College Martino works as a strength and conditioning consultant for all of the varsity sports teams, coordinating undergraduate and graduate practical experiences in conjunction with the university’s athletic department.
In 2000, Georgia College honored Martino with its Teaching Excellence Award. The university also awarded him with its Faculty University Service Award and the Athletics Department’s Bill Childers Award during 2008.
Additional career highlights for Martino include serving on the USA Swimming Olympic Advisory Coaching Staff during 1992 and 1996 and becoming the 2007 Georgia Athletic Trainers Association’s Warren Morris Sports Medicine Person of the Year.
“The NSCA award is one of the greatest professional achievements I have received at this point in my career,” Martino said. “I plan to continue challenging my students as I did with my Olympic athletes so they push themselves beyond their comfort zone and become the best professionals throughout their careers.”