By Tiffany Boatright
October 26, 2005
As Bama fever sweeps the state, we here at Locust Fork
High School are proud to say that one of our alumni, Steve Martin, is
part of the strength
and conditioning staff at the University of Alabama. He joined
the Crimson Tide staff in 1997 and has helped to boost the program to
one of the best in the country.
Steve only attended Locust Fork for his last two years of high school,
he said that going to school here had a positive influence on his life.
Mr. Martin started school at Locust Fork in 1980. He came here with
his father, Dan Martin, who was the football coach. Steve played football
under his father, and was number sixty-one his senior year. His favorite
teacher was Mr. Glen Taylor, who taught Physics. Steve said that he
does not know why that they have stayed good friends for so long, but
they have been friends now for twenty- five years. While Steve was in
high school the styles were very true to the eighties. He said that
everyone wore preppy clothes and had mullets, but was very quick to
add that he never had one himself! When asked to share a humorous story
he said, “I don’t have any that I can share on a family
website.” Mr. Martin says that the good times, the good people,
and the simple life were the things he remembered most about Locust
Martin, a teacher and coach at Locust Fork now, remembers the time he
took Steve to his first Alabama-Auburn football game in 1982. They cheated
to get into the game with NIT basketball tickets from the previous year.
Steve was nervous that the cops were going to catch them entering the
stadium. Miraculously, they got inside but had to sit in the center
of the Auburn student cheering section. Steve had on a bright crimson
Alabama jacket. The Auburn students were not polite, cussing them, pouring
whiskey, and throwing things at them. Steve immediately wanted to leave,
but there was no where to go. The bright part of the day was Alabama
winning the game.
After he graduated in 1982, he first attended Jefferson
State. Then it was on to the University of Alabama, Samford, Auburn,
and TCU. He received degrees in History and Math. He said that he went
to school strictly to play football and never gave one thought to what
he was going to do next. He played football at Samford for two years.
He later walked on at Alabama. He said after graduating he was offered
a job as a strength trainer and took it.
continues to work with all of the athletes at the University of Alabama.
He coaches them in the weight room and runs them to keep them in shape.
He enjoys his job because he gets to work with young people and see
them turn into productive citizens.
Steve has been married for eleven years to his wife,
Corinne. They met in Fort Worth, Texas at the restaurant that she ran
and where he ate almost every night. They have two children, Jainie
Beth and Anna Claire. He now has many hobbies such as jogging, weight
lifting, playing with his children, teaching Sunday school, and working
in his yard.
Daughters, Jainie Beth and Anna Claire
pictured on the right; Photo of University of Alabama strength &
conditioning center from RollTide.com