Brandon Martin, Ed.D., joined the University of Oklahoma staff in June 2010, as a senior associate director of athletics for administration.
His duties include the supervision of the men's basketball, track and field, cross country, soccer, rowing, human resources department, strength and conditioning unit, NCAA legislation and certification, risk management and strategic planning. Martin is also the chair of the Athletics Diversity Council and manages all diversity and inclusion programming within the department.
He previously served in a similar role at the University of Southern California.
Martin serves as an adjunct professor in both the Rainbolt College of Education and the African and African American Studies Department at OU. He also serves on the President's Graduation and Retention Task Force.
A senior associate director of athletics at USC, Martin was a member of the executive staff. In that role, he was involved in strategic planning, policy evaluation, sport oversight and other administrative duties. Martin managed the day-to-day operations of men's basketball, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's swimming and diving and men's and women's water polo. Under his supervision, those sports won five national championships and had 55 student-athletes earn All America honors.
Martin also directed the coaching searches and contract negotiations for the men's and women's basketball head coaches and the men's and women's swimming and diving coach.
||He served as the primary administrator and liaison with the USC admissions office and student affairs division. In this role, he collaborated with the USC Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and the Dean of Admission on appropriate admissions standards and criteria for all incoming freshman and transfer student-athletes.
Coupled with his athletic duties and pursuits, Martin was an assistant professor of clinical education in the USC Rossier School of Education for five years.
Additionally, he served as a faculty member for the African-American Male Student Retention and Success Community of Practice, governed by the International Center for Student Success and Institutional Accountability (ICSSIA). Martin served as a research affiliate for the Center for Urban Education in the USC Rossier School of Education, the USC Division of Biochemistry and Physical Therapy and the University of Kentucky Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.
Martin has presented more than 30 papers, symposia and workshops at national higher education conferences. His dissertation entitled "A Phenomenological Study of Academically Driven African American Male Student Athletes at Highly Selective Division I Universities" won the 2005 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award in the USC Rossier School of Education. In 2005, he also earned the National Association of Academic Advisors for Student Athlete Excellence in Research Award.
He was appointed to the Sports Management Institute Executive Committee (SMI) in January 2010.
Martin was a four-year letterwinner on the USC men's basketball team, starting his final three seasons and serving as team captain the last two years. He finished his career among USC's top 20 scorers (1,070 points). He also played professionally in China, Venezuela and Spain.
Martin resides in Norman with his wife Rosemary and two daughters Germany and Riley.