Athens, Tenn. – Athletic Director Donny Mayfield and the Tennessee Wesleyan University Athletics Department announce the hiring of Derrel Martin, Jr. as head coach of the women's lacrosse team.   

Martin brings over a decade of lacrosse coaching experience to Tennessee Wesleyan after spending the last two years as a youth coach in Stafford, Virginia where his team won a Northern Virginia championship. Martin was a founder of the Cookeville (Tenn.) High School and Middle School programs and led the high school team to multiple state playoff appearances in his seven years as head coach. During his tenure, the Cookeville Cavaliers produced twelve Academic All-Americans and two National Tournament players. 

Martin stated, "I want to thank President Knowles and Athletic Director Mayfield for the opportunity to be a part of the continued development of the women's lacrosse program at Tennessee Wesleyan University. This year we will field talented players from all across the United States and I am excited for the spring season to arrive." 

"We are thrilled to have Coach Martin join the Athletic staff. He brings a variety of experiences to our women's lacrosse program and we look forward to him continuing to improve upon our championship caliber program." added Donny Mayfield. 

Martin comes to Tennessee Wesleyan after his recent retirement from federal service. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Northeastern University, and a National Security Research Fellow from Duke University. He is a native of Smyrna, Tenn. and is relocating to Athens, Tenn. with his wife, Jaimie.