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(KMAland) -- The month of August in KMAland revolves around the announcement of the KMA Sports Hall of Fame’s upcoming class.

Today, we announced our first Hall of Famer for the Class of 2018-19: legendary Red Oak coach Dan Martinez.

Martinez spent 39 years in the Red Oak program, coaching football, cross country, girls and boys basketball, tennis and baseball.

“I’d sum it up as being grateful and fortunate,” Martinez told KMA Sports. “I always had those interests and loved playing all those sports. I have people ask what was my favorite sport, and I say, ‘What season are we in?’”

Martinez was the head boys basketball coach from 1978 to 2001, the cross country coach from 1978 to 1983, the girls basketball coach from 2012 to 2018 and the girls and boys tennis coach for each of the last 39 seasons before retiring prior to this past spring season.

Martinez amassed more than over 1,000 combined basketball and dual tennis wins in his career and led multiple teams in girls and boys basketball and girls and boys tennis to state tournaments. The tennis teams won a combined 39 conference championships.

“I thought my style was consistent (through all sports),” Martinez said. “I felt kids understood what we were looking for. I always sold it as fun, and you got to work at it.”

Martinez continues to live in Red Oak and says he may not be done in the coaching world.

“We’ve already talked with the Y and working with the younger kids,” he said. “You’re never going to take that competitiveness out of you, so I’ll look to help out with some younger kids.”

Martinez will be inducted into the KMA Sports Hall of Fame at a later date to be determined. Hear the full interview with Martinez below.

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