By Brett Nachtigall
EDGEMONT – The 2020 Region Basketball Coaches of the Year Awards were announced last week by the South Dakota Coaches Association, and there are a couple of names on the list familiar to Edgemont Mogul sports fans – Joe Martin and Dave Hollenbeck.
Martin, who is a 2001 graduate of Edgemont High School and has been the boys’ basketball coach in Edgemont for the past seven years, was named Co-Coach of the Year for the association’s Region 8.
Hollenbeck meanwhile, who was a 1988 graduate of Edgemont High School and now coaches St. Thomas More in Rapid City, was named the Region 4 Coach of the Year.
The Region Coach of the Year Awards combine all classes of high school basketball. This year, 13 of the 19 head coaches who won awards also qualified for their state tournament, including Hollenbeck. Class “A” led the way with a total of 10 coaches honored.
Current Edgemont boys’ basketball Martin this year shares the honor of Region 8 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year after tying in the voting with Brett Gardner of Winner.
When Martin suited up for the Moguls about 20 years ago, he was a two-year starting letterwinner under Coach John McBride. After graduating from Chadron State College in 2006, Martin coach junior high basketball at Potter-Dix in Nebraska for seven seasons (2006-13) as well as an assistant varsity coach two seasons (2007-09) as the Coyotes earned a trip to the 2008 D2 NSAA state tournament in Lincoln.
After taking over the boys’ basketball head coaching duties at his alma mater in 2013, a few of Martin’s accomplishments include a 2019 SDHSAA Academic Achievement Team Award, a 10-win season in 2018-19 which was the most wins since 1993-94, and a second place in 2014 Panhandle Athletic Conference Tournament. Martin has also coached EHS career leaders in points, rebounds, steals, and assists. He has had two 1,000 points scorers, five First Team All-PAC selections, three Second Team selections, as well as 10 honorable mention selections.
Martin is also the school’s track and field coach.