It is with a profound sense of loss and incredible sadness that we announce that Glenn Martinez, the CIF Southern Section Assistant Commissioner who oversaw Football, Boys and Girls Wrestling and Baseball, died on the morning of Friday, March 1, 2019. He was 63.
Martinez passed away at The City of Hope Cancer Hospital in Duarte surrounded by family and friends after a brief battle against cancer.
“Glenn Martinez was a valued member of our CIF Southern Section Family who did an outstanding job in service to our organization during his tenure as an Assistant Commissioner,” said CIF-SS Commissioner of Athletics Rob Wigod.
“The outpouring of love and support from so many people who Glenn impacted has been incredible, which speaks to the difference that he made in his time with us,” added Wigod.
“I will miss him tremendously and will do all I can to keep his legacy alive. Our hearts go out to his loving wife Yolanda, their daughters Marissa and Lynette and their son Anthony.”
Martinez was named as an Assistant Commissioner in July of 2011, replacing current Commissioner Rob Wigod.
Prior to joining the CIF-SS Office, Martinez served as Vice Principal of Student Services and Athletics at Charter Oak High School starting in 2002. Martinez had taught at the school since 1998. Martinez also served as Varsity Baseball Coach for one year.
Prior to moving to Charter Oak, Martinez was a teacher and athletic director at Bishop Amat High School from 1979 to 1998. Martinez also served as Head Baseball Coach for the Lancers during his 19-year tenure at the school.
During that time, he compiled a 254-80-1 record, won seven league titles, was CIF-SS Division 1 runner-up in 1995 and claimed the division title in 1996.
Martinez also spent 15 years as a varsity assistant football coach for Bishop Amat where he helped lead the Lancers to two CIF-SS championships (1992 and 1995) and three runner-up plaques (1983, 1988 and 1994).
Martinez was born on August 13, 1955 and went on to graduate in 1973 from Franklin High School in Los Angeles where he played football and baseball.
Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree in History from California State University, Northridge in 1993. He also earned a master’s degree in Administrative Education from Azusa Pacific in 2000 and a second masters in Sports Administration from the United States Sports Academy in 2007.
Details on services are still to be determined.
This article was released by the CIF Southern Section.