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By Gary Brown
Redlands Athletics Director Jeff Martinez has been elected as chair of the Division III Management Council for the 2012 term.
Martinez, who was elected by the Management Council during its meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis, will begin his term as chair at the end of the NCAA Convention in January. The first Council meeting he will preside over is the one conducted after the Division III business session on Jan. 14.
Martinez currently is vice chair of the Council, a position he assumed this past January. His term as a Council member expires when his term as chair does, at the end of the 2013 Convention.
Martinez will replace current chair Chris Martin, the commissioner of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Martin also will remain as a member of the Council through the 2013 Convention.
Wilmington College (Ohio) Athletics Director Terry Rupert was elected to fill Martinez’ spot as vice chair for 2012.
Martinez was named the director of athletics and physical education at Redlands in July 2000. He has been on the Bulldogs’ staff since 1983 in several roles, including head athletic trainer, assistant director of athletics and associate director of athletics. He also attained the rank of full professor in the spring of 1997.
His committee service includes serving as chair of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Athletic Administrators Group and the Division III Championships Committee. In addition to serving on the Management Council, Martinez also is that group’s representative on the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.
An Albuquerque native, Martinez earned his Bachelor of Science from Utah State University in 1982 and received his Master of Science from the University of Arizona in 1983, where he served as the football graduate assistant athletic trainer.
Council vice chair-elect Rupert has directed Wilmington’s athletics programs since 1996 and was promoted to vice president in 2007.
He has served as both chair and member of the Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee, as well as the Division III Financial Aid Committee.
Before being an administrator, Rupert was a professor of sport management and physical education. He has also coached (football and track) in all three NCAA divisions after having begun his career as a high school football coach in western Pennsylvania.
Rupert earned a B.S. in health and physical education and an M.S. in sport sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also has a doctorate in athletic administration and sport pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi.