Mesa Alumni and Coaches in the Professionals
Mike MartzFootball, Former Head Coach St. Louis Rams, Former Offensive Coordinator Detroit Lions, San Fransisco 49'ers, Chicago Bears
Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mike Martz found his way to San Diego where he started his football playing career at Madison High which opened the door for him to play here at San Diego Mesa College as a tight end in 1969-1970 under head football coach, and current assistant athletic director, Dave Fager. After a successful playing career as an Olympian, Martz graduated from Mesa and went to UC Santa Barbara but decided to continue to play football and transferred to Fresno State and ultimately graduating summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1972. Following his graduation, Martz started his long, illustrious coaching career in 1973 at Bullard High School in Fresno before returning home to coach at Mesa with Coach Evans and Fager from 1974-1977.
After giving back to Mesa, Martz coached at several successful Division I colleges including Fresno State, University of the Pacific, University of Minnesota and Arizona State.
In 1992, he started coaching in the NFL and started with the then, Los Angeles Rams and moved with the team to St. Louis until 1996 as a quarterback and wide receiver coach. After a brief season with the Washington Redskins, Martz was asked to come back to the Rams as an offensive coordinator by head coach, Dick Vermeil. Then in 2000, Vermeil decided to retire from coaching and named Mike Martz as the new head coach of the Rams. Under Martz’s guidance the St. Louis Ram’s were immediately successful as they had a 10-6 record and earned a 1st round playoff game. In 2001 the Rams were again successful and went 14-2 and his amazing offense was being called, “The Greatest Show on Turf Offense” thanks to the two-time league MVP, quarterback Kurt Warner and San Diego State standout, Marshall Faulk. After seven years with the Rams and 2 Super Bowl appearances, Martz was the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 2006-2007, San Francisco 49ers during 2008 and 2009, and most recently, the Chicago Bears starting in 2010 until his recent retirement.
Mike Martz is currently residing here in San Diego with his wife.