Martin takes over Elks’ hoops program
At first glance, newly hired Burleson boys basketball coach Joey Martin likes the hand he has been dealt.
“I’m excited about what I have seen from the kids,” Martin said. “I know we have a good group of returning seniors and I think we have a chance to be good.”
Martin, a Stephen F. Austin graduate, arrives in Elk Country after a stint as an assistant boys basketball coach at Spring Westfield. Martin has plenty of head coaching experience with 14 years under his belt. He has won nine district titles, eight coach of the year honors and has posted a record of 351-164.
His longest stay was nine years at Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler. There, he led the Crusaders to four TAPPS state final fours, but never brought home the title.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to come to Burleson High School,” Martin said. “It’s a great high school for not only me, but also my family.”
Martin and his wife Tami, who will work in the BISD as a physical education teacher, have four children. Their older daughter, Taylor, works in the Houston-area. Twins, Sam and Savannah, will be juniors at Burleson and another son, Houston, will be in elementary school.
Both sons play football and basketball. Sam was an all-district player at Spring Westfield in both sports and Martin says that Sam will “hopefully add to the Elks’ football and basketball programs.”
Martin takes over for former coach Alan DuBose, who was at Burleson four years as the Elks’ head coach. During his tenure, DuBuse posted an overall record of 55-60 and 18-38 in district play.
Last season, the Elks went 19-15 overall and 5-9 in District 9-5A. Burleson’s best district finish under DuBose was a 7-7 mark in 2014-2015.
Lacking size, the Elks will play an up-tempo offensive and defensive game, according to Martin.
“We are going to play fast,” Martin said. “We aren’t big size-wise so you should look for us to play fast. We should be exciting on defense with our presses and traps.”
Martin will have two returning first-team players to work with in seniors guards Jaylen Johnson and Josiah Sneed.