Betsy Martinez begins her third season as the head coach of the Spring Arbor University volleyball program in 2017.
Martinez brings enthusiasm and experience to Spring Arbor from her playing days at fellow Crossroads League member Taylor University and 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 the past 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.
Assistant coach Richard Bradstreet is starting his third year at Spring Arbor University. Prior to that Coach Bradstreet (Coach B.) was the head volleyball coach at Addison High School from 1996-2015. Coach Bradstreet taught at Addison High School for 26 years, where he also coached several other women’s sports at the JV or Freshman level where accumulated a total of 43 seasons coaching, volleyball, softball and basketball. One desire that Coach Bradstreet had for many years was to coach at the college level. Upon his retirement from coaching at Addison God opened that door to come to Spring Arbor University. It was extra special due to the fact that for four years his daughter Ruth (Bradstreet) Tyson was the student assistant for the Spring Arbor volleyball program. Coaching in a Christ based program, is something that has always been a desire. The opportunities to share the Gospel in a public school setting are very restrained. Having the freedom to do so here at Spring Arbor is like a breath of fresh air.