Carmen G Martinez

Inducted: 1999

Best Known For: Coaching Volleyball

There are a handful of men and women who were instrumental in fighting for gender equity in athletics, and stand as trailblazers of the Rio Grande Valley.

Carmen G. Martinez is one such legend, as she was the first volleyball coach in Mission High history, running the show for 27 seasons and winning nearly 500 games with the Lady Eagles.

Her success as a teacher of girls in the sport speaks for itself. Martinez had a career record of 479-186, and along the way her girls captured an even dozen district championships and added eight appearances in the regional tournament to the school’s trophy cabinet.

Martinez was named Coach of the Year several times locally during her illustrious tenure, also taking the award at the area level and once at the regional level, as Tip of Texas Volleyball Association Coach of the Year.