We are very excited to announce the addition of Betsy Martinez to our team.
Our Owner, Kilee Goetz-Bailey and Betsy have a long history of friendship and competition, dating back to their childhood. This long history and aligning visions with youth, faith, family and friendship is the foundation needed to create special experiences and greatness.
Kilee’s thoughts on the hire…
“I am thrilled to work with Betsy personally and professionally. Growing up we spent a lot of time competing and being on opposite sides of the net while always having a great relationship off the court. We are excited to combine forces as friends and colleagues, as well as combine Spring Arbor University and High Street Athletics to offer unique and quality opportunities for all involved.”
Martinez brings enthusiasm and experience to High Street Athletics from her playing days at Taylor University after serving three years as a coach at Lenawee Christian School. She was the 8th grade volleyball coach for one season before being elevated to direct the varsity program for two seasons.
The Adrian, Michigan native has also been active in Lenawee Christian Ministries as the Director of the Elite Summit Volleyball Camp, as well as the Elite Sports Performance Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Martinez boasts impressive credentials from her playing career. At Lenawee Christian, she was a multi-sport standout, earning 12 varsity letters. On the volleyball court, she was a three-time All-State selection and named the Lenawee County Player of the Year during her junior and senior seasons.
After high school, Martinez went on to play at Taylor where she was a four-time NAIA All-America selection with the Trojans. During her time in Upland, Indiana, she guided TU to four regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles while the team racked up a 135-32 record. Martinez garnered Crossroads League Setter of the Year honors three times while accumulating 6,087 assists – second most all-time at Taylor. During her junior season, where the Trojans posted a 35-8 record, she dished out 1,736 helpers – sixth-most in a single season at TU = which ranked third in the nation.
Martinez received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Taylor in 2012. She and her husband, Colton, reside in Spring Arbor with their son.
“Betsy has gained extensive experience in leadership and management during her tenure at SAU. We are really looking forward to learning and growing from Betsy sharing her knowledge with our staff very quickly”
SAU will be a centralized focus and location for the Pay-it-Forward FUNdamentals Youth program through our Power 5 Foundation. This program offers FREE weekly practice and monthly tournament play to boys and girls in grades K-6 at all locations (Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Lenawee, Wayne and Lucas (OH) Counties). This program will also offer leadership and mentorship opportunities to the student-athletes at SAU while gaining work experience to aid in future employment opportunities.
“Betsy will bring tremendous opportunity, and love of the game, to our youth and the development of our youth staff. Betsy is a former 1st grade teacher, current collegiate head coach, and is highly qualified to teach coaches how to develop the beginning athlete in our sport.” – Kilee Goetz-Bailey, Owner of High Street Athletics