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May 2007

May 2007


Letter From the Editor: \'She Called me a Traitor...\'

by: Rex Lardner
Editor American Football Monthly
© May 2007

Head Coach Chuck Martin of back-to-back defending NCAA Division II National Champion Grand Valley State University has an unusual distinction. In 2003, the Lakers won the D-II Championship when Martin was the defensive coordinator under Brian Kelly. After Kelly left for the head job at Central Michigan, Martin became GVSU’s head coach. In the three years since, the Lakers won national titles in 2005 and 2006. But what’s unique is that Martin made the complete transition to the offensive side of the ball. He learned the intricacies and nuances of the offense and, in essence, went from defensive play-caller to offensive play-caller.

“I was able to make the transition for two reasons,” said Martin. “We had an outstanding coach – Matt Pawlowski – that I knew could run the entire defense, and, all the decisions in football are made o....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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