During the Missouri Science & Technology men’s basketball season-finale on Feb. 28 at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building Dale Martin saw something on the floor and shot out of his seat, like he’s done thousands of times before.


This time, however, he stumbled, grabbed for a seated player also on the Miner bench and then fell back into a sitting position.


It was then Martin knew the time had come.


Suffering from vertigo-like symptoms caused by a yet-to-be-determined ailment since the beginning of the year and with no assurances from medical personnel that the problem will be corrected any time soon, Martin as resigned his position as Miner men’s basketball head coach, the university announced Tuesday.


During the Missouri Science & Technology men’s basketball season-finale on Feb. 28 at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building Dale Martin saw something on the floor and shot out of his seat, like he’s done thousands of times before.

This time, however, he stumbled, grabbed for a seated player also on the Miner bench and then fell back into a sitting position.

It was then Martin knew the time had come.

Suffering from vertigo-like symptoms caused by a yet-to-be-determined ailment since the beginning of the year and with no assurances from medical personnel that the problem will be corrected any time soon, Martin as resigned his position as Miner men’s basketball head coach, the university announced Tuesday.

Martin, who has coached more games than any other head coach in S&T history, ends his 22-year run as Miner head coach. Taking season-by-season breakdown records from the S&T 2008-09 men’s basketball media guide Martin had a career record of 242-345.

That victory total leaves Martin second on the S&T men’s basketball career victory list behind the man he replaced in the position, Billy Key.

“I just can’t do it...physically,” Martin told the Daily News. “It’s not fair to the kids or the program. I can’t get into it physically.”

The university also announced Tuesday that Jim Glash, S&T men’s basketball assistant coach who served as the team’s acting head coach the second half of this past campaign while Martin was sidelined, is the program’s new head coach.

Glash was named the Miners’ acting head coach when Martin went down with a dizzy spell in the locker room at Wisconsin Parkside Jan. 10 and served in that role the rest of the season.

Martin has seen several doctors and other specialists about his condition and a cause has yet to be determined.

“I talked to (S&T Athletic Director Mark Mullin) right after the season about my decision and he said wait a couple of weeks, to see if it would get better,” Martin said. “I went to Washington University and they said this may be as good as it was going to get. I can function in life with it, but not as a basketball coach.”

Martin, age 56, says he has been recommended to a specialist at Barnes Medical Center in St. Louis and has an appointment there. “I hope something can be done,” Martin said. “I’m still hopeful. I still think it’s something to do with the inner-ear.”

Martin joined the Miner staff at then-UMR in 1980 after serving as an assistant coach at Central Missouri State, where he was also a starting point guard. He served as an assistant coach for Key for seven seasons before Key’s retirement from coaching following the 1986-87 season. Martin was then hired to replace Key as Miner head coach.

The finest season in Martin’s Miner tenure was in 1995-96, as the squad won the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) regular season and post-season tournament championships to earn Martin the MIAA Coach of the Year Award. UMR went on to finish 25-6 and advance to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional championship, which was held on its home court at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building.

Martin was named as the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ regional coach of the year and as the region’s top coach by Division II Bulletin.

As an assistant and head coach Martin coached four All-Americas at S&T -- Curtis Gibson (1984-85), Duane Huddleston (1987-88), Bill Jolly (1992-93) and Michael McClain (1995-96).
Martin teams made nine conference tournament appearances. The program has struggled since leaving the MIAA for the Great Lakes Valley Conference, although this season the Miners displayed marked improvement in league play.

“Jim will do a great job,” Martin said of Glash. “He’s very well-organized and he had the kids prepared while he ran the team. I think back to our game with Drury that we lost in double-overtime. The Wisconsin game I went down in the locker room. And we led most of the way in the Quincy game here. You turn those three games around and we probably make the conference tournament. These guys have come a long way the last couple of years. I still think we’re a player or two away and I’m sure Jim will be working to bring in the right kids.”

“I began my career at UMR at that time, when Dale was an assistant with Coach Key,” Mullin said. “I’ve had a real long relationship with Dale and I consider him a friend as well as a fellow member of the athletic department.

“I think early on Dale brought continuity to the program, stepping into the position when Coach Key left. The transition between Billy and Dale was smooth and it carried into the situation of success that Dale enjoyed.”

If his health improves Martin left the door open to possibly returning to the bench somewhere. He said he would also be interested in possibly working at S&T in another capacity.

“I may not be done (coaching)...I don’t know,” Martin said. “I’ll just have to wait and see how this turns out. I hope I can do something.

“I have a lot of good friends here and this is a great town. That will be the hardest thing (in leaving the area).”

He said he appreciated how Key handled the transition of his retirement from coaching. And

Martin says he will now try to approach his transition similarly.

“Billy was so good with me,” Martin said. “I think when it’s over it needs to be over.

“Right now it’s up in the air what I’m going to do. It was a tough decision but I feel it’s a decision that needed to be made at this time.”