Except for the first year and a half following his graduation from Yale, Chris Martin has been a swimming coach - morning, noon, and night. His career is marked by his giving more than anyone could ever have asked to his job, Peddie and to his swimmers.
When Chris came to Peddie in 1986, his first swim team had only 8 girls and 14 boys. He had a tougher time filling the lanes with swimmers that year than he was to have winning championships in the years to come! But it wasn’t long before the lanes got filled. And the championships soon followed... quite a few championships, at that!
The Martin record speaks for itself. The combined dual meet numbers for boys and girls is 51 and 5, a winning 91%! The few losses were in Coach Martin’s first year.
Girls’ Eastern Championships came in 1989, 1990, and 1991. The Peddie Boys were Eastern Champs in 1990, 1991, and 1992. The Peddie Girls Team was crowned National High School Champs three times - 1989 through 1991 while the Boys were the National Championship winners in 1990 and 1991.
In Chris’s six years at Peddie, his swimmers were accorded All-American recognition more than 50 times. They won nine national open titles. They represented the USA in international competition in Japan, England, Russia, Germany, Cuba, France, Italy, and Spain. On three occasions, Chris was a US National Team coach, and he was named as one of the coaches of the 1992 United States Olympic Team.
Chris remains proud that he sent Peddie students to many of the finest institutions of higher learning in this country and those graduates are continuing the tradition of excellence that they learned from him at The Peddie School.