by: Scott McCaulley

A coach who was instrumental in the building of the Branson Pirate Football Program in the 80’s and 90’s has been honored with a special award from the Missouri HIgh School Football Coaches Association.

Ron Martin, who along with Head Coach Steve Hancock developed the Pirate Program, was honored last week with “The Right Hand Man Award” presented to a Assistant High School Football Coach with over 25 years on the sidelines.

Martin had joined Hancock in 1985 at Stockton and then came with Hancock to Branson when he accepted the Head Coaching Position in 1986. For the next 24 years, Martin as Defensive Coordinator on the Pirates Staff, was an major part of the Branson Program helping the Pirates to eight District Championships and 10 overall appearances in the playoffs.

After retiring from the Public School System in 2010, Martin spent time helping the programs and Glendale and Hollister High School before reuniting with Hancock after he left Branson to take over the Springfield Catholic Program, where he worked with the Irish Program until hanging it up for good in 2017.

Martin received “The Right Hand Man Award” last week at the Missouri High School Football Coaches Association Banquet. Martin is the second recipient of this award.