They say that timing is everything. Three years ago, Scott Martin applied for the vacant head football job at Kirk Academy.
He would eventually pull his name from consideration for the position and continue in his capacity as head junior high coach. Three years later, the time is right for Martin and his family.
Thursday, Kirk Academy made it official by naming Martin as the new head football coach. He replaces Parker Stubbs, who resigned to take the head coach and athletic directors job at his alma mater, Canton Academy.
"When Coach (Athletic Director Jay) and I looked at prospects from all over the state, we found that we had the best person for the job right here on our staff," Kirk Headmaster Allen Smithers said. "Scott is well-respected among the players, parents, staff and faculty. He's a sound, not flashy football coach who the players love to play for. They love and respect him and will respond in the same way."
Martin was introduced by Smithers to the players Wednesday.
The veteran coach, who is in his 10th season at the school, said that it is hard to explain when the time is right and when it is not right.
"I don't know how you explain it," Martin said. "The timing wasn't right then and now it is. You never learn enough as a coach and I've been fortunate to learn from two good ones in Coach (Joe) Bradshaw at Strider and Coach (Mack) Norwood when I came to Kirk. It's a good opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to getting in there and seeing what we can get done."
Being at the school for a number of years makes for an easy transition for the players.
"They know what to expect out of me," Martin said. "The key is going to be getting the players in the right spot where I think that they can help us the most. We want to put in our system and run it throughout the entire program including junior high and pee wee."
Martin, who will continue to coach the junior high program and oversee the pee wee program, was 20-3 in the last three regular seasons as the junior high coach. His teams advanced to bowl games losing both of them.
Martin is married to the former Jennifer Perkins of Coffeeville. They have a son Channing, 12.