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Martins awarded Grizzly Club Member of the Year award

Posted: Thursday, Nov 1st, 2012

Konnie and Damon Martin

ASU Sports Information Director

ALAMOSA—“They’re all an extended part of my family.”

Konnie Martin could not have put it better about her and her husband Damon’s relationship with all of the student-athletes that have come through his illustrious Adams State University cross country and track and field programs since the couples’ arrival in the San Luis Valley in August, 1985.

That relationship and all of the things that the Martin’s have done for ASU Athletics through their respective careers in the health care and educational fields will be recognized Thursday night as the couple will receive the 2012 Grizzly Club Member of the Year award at the ASU Foundation Donor Recognition Dinner.

Konnie Martin is now the chief operating officer at the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, a position she moved into in August, 2011 after a year as the organization’s chief financial officer.

She had moved to the SLVRMC in August, 2010 after a 25-year career at Valley Wide Health Systems, where she held a variety of leadership positions, including as the COO.

She was also been pivotal to both of the leading health-care providing organizations in the San Luis Valley being long-time donors in both scholarship dollars and medically-related services to Grizzly Athletics.

Meanwhile, Damon Martin has earned 30 National Coach of the Year honors in his time as the head coach and the Director of Cross Country and Track & Field for the ASU Grizzlies, just one of the numerous honors that he has received in recognition for the un-matched success of his programs on a national level that has seen his teams win a whopping 26 national titles.

And just like their marriage, which has produced two outstanding children in daughter Lauren, a standout student-athlete for the Grizzly cross country/track programs, and son Tanner, a student and runner for Alamosa High School, the partnership between them has had huge benefits for ASU.

“I really enjoy the community partnership and what Adams State brings to our community in terms of the diversity and activities. Adams State is a big part of what makes us a learning and growing community,” Konnie said about the Alamosa and extended SLV community.

“Both Adams State and the hospital share key values in health care and in education. In that way, we are great compliments to each other,” she continued.

“The university makes the community more intriguing and provides for a healthier and more-educated work force.

“The athletes are of course the dearest to my heart,” Konnie Martin said. “We still keep in touch with many, many of them. It’s great to seeing them be able to use their experiences they had at Adams State to form themselves into being incredible community members both here and across the country.”

“That’s very satisfying. When we travel, we almost always see and connect with somebody that Adams State touched in a special way.”

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