Cheyenne Central hired Curtis Martindale as its girls basketball coach Friday. You can read about that here, but there were a few things that I couldn’t squeeze into the story Friday night.
Martindale hails from Ottumwa, Iowa, and graduated from Drake University in 2005. He played safety for the Bulldogs I-AA football team, posting 160 tackles (102 solo) and four interceptions. He was academic all-district his senior year and teaches special education at Central.
Why did he apply for the job?
“I’ve been thinking about it for a little while now and the timing was right with my wife and I, so I decided to go for it,” the 32-year-old said.
What does Martindale bring to the job?
“I’ve been under coach (Mike) Jackson and he was a coach that had a strong belief in the fundamentals of basketball,” Martindale said . “Coach (Ed) Kisicki has a lot of good basketball knowledge. I think that I can bring some attitude and some changes.
“We’re going to be mentally tough, physically tough and emotionally tough. They’ll probably get sick of me talking about toughness when it’s all said and done. But there are a lot of things that we can improve upon, and I think I can help us get there.”
Jackson was Central’s boys coach from 2004-2010. Martindale was an assistant for Jackson from 2008-10. Martindale also was an assistant for former Central boys coach Doug Moratzka during the 2010-11 season.
Kisicki spent three seasons as Central’s girls coach, posting a 36-42 record. Kisicki resigned in March. Martindale was an assistant for both coaches. Martindale was the lady Indians junior varsity coach all three seasons of Kisicki’s tenure.
Martindale was a football and track assistant in Pine Bluffs during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years. He has been an assistant football coach at Central since 2007.
Why the focus on toughness?
“It’s an area that everyone can get better in,” Martindale said. “When you see a team that has all three of those facets, you know they’re a darned good team. Basketball is a tough game because they see everything and they hear everything.
“You definitely have to be in control of your emotions at all times. You’ve got to learn how to use emotions to your advantage. That can be a tough thing to do.”
Martindale also talked about physical toughness.
“We’re not where we need to be right now,” he said. “There are things with the weight room and conditioning that we can do. In basketball, your body is your tool and you have to get the most out of that tool. That will be a focus of mine.”