GCAC’s Steve Martin named commissioner of Mississippi Junior College system

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NEW ORLEANS – Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Commissioner Steve B. Martin is heading to the Magnolia State.

The Mississippi Community College Board announced today the hiring of Martin to serve as commissioner of the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC). Martin spent the last four years (2014-2019) serving as commissioner of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

“I’m extremely proud of the growth, rebuilding, and expanded vision of the GCAC over the past four years,” said Martin. “I am grateful to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, the Council of Presidents, athletic directors, coaches and staff for their support, and look forward to the next chapter with the MACJC.”

Under Martin’s leadership, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference underwent a comprehensive rebranding and expanded its sponsorships with deals with the Wyndham, New Orleans East Hospital, adidas and Tabasco. Though the conference was hemorrhaging members when he arrived, Martin was able to stop the bleeding, welcoming the newest GCAC member, Rust (Miss.) College, last year. The GCAC also saw the creation of the GCAC Digital Network, the online home of GCAC sports, interviews and original content, as well as the creation of GCAC merchandise. The conference also strengthened its image on the national level, with multiple teams representing at national tournaments for the NAIA across the conference’s 7 sports.

The MACJC is composed of 15 member-institutions located throughout Mississippi.

Martin will succeed MACJC Commissioner Jim Southward, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Martin will resign his post with the GCAC on March 22, 2019.

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