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Coach's Corner

by Office of Marketing | July 30, 2014
During its season, the Patriot golf team travels off campus to various courses for practice and competition; as a result, many students and staff fail to recognize Coach Martin. However, for the past four years, he has built and developed the golf program, and the department values his dedication to the team and its players. 
 
Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin came to Pennsylvania from Buffalo, N.Y., in 2007 to help lead the Spring Valley Community Church (SVCC) worship team. Three years after arriving, Martin married Becky Stiles '07. To continue serving the church on a volunteer basis, he obtained his teaching certification and eventually taught English at Renaissance Academy in Phoenixville. Martin was then offered a full-time position at SVCC in 2014 as the director of operations and creative arts. He and his wife are now happily serving the Pottstown congregation, as they eagerly await the arrival of their first child in October.
 
When asked what he would do professionally (if not working for SVCC or coaching), Martin responded, "I would teach or be a touring musician — but I've already done both!" In fact, Martin joined a band called This Day & Age in 2001; it toured worldwide for six years. The band was eventually signed to a division of Warner Brothers Music and sold over 35,000 albums. 
 
But it is not music or other interests that coaches necessarily draw upon to challenge their players; Martin and his peers at VFCC turn to their own deep passion for sports to inspire athletes.
 
Blair Dameron
For VFCC softball coach Blair Dameron, his love for sports started when he was only 4 years old; he shared the dream of many young boys — to become a professional baseball player. Athletics became a way of life throughout his youth. According to Dameron, competing and being immersed in a team atmosphere cultivated a feeling like no other, which pushed him to make baseball a major part of his life. He channeled his enthusiasm for the sport into a coaching career. 
 
Dameron met his wife Courtney in college, and after a year of dating he decided to propose. They were married in Cape May, N.J., in the summer of 2010. As his family has grown over the past few years with the addition of two daughters (Addison and Avery) and a Boston terrier, Dameron's focus has shifted from baseball to softball. It is not uncommon to see the entire Dameron family cheering on the team at VFCC softball games. 

During free time, Dameron enjoys traveling to the beach and relaxing on his family's boat. In addition, he follows the professional sports teams of Philadelphia — especially the Eagles, Phillies and 76ers. 
 
He certainly is a devoted fan, but Dameron is dedicated to the growth and welfare of his family more than anything else. He hopes to share his passion for athletics and teach them to thrive in every aspect of life; watching his daughters develop into hardworking women with blessed lives is a key motivation behind everything he does.