Football Coach (1958-1977)
Ben Martin, known as the father of Air Force football, coached the Falcons from 1958-77. He was 96-103-9 during his 20-year tenure, which is the second-longest in school history. Martin led the Falcons to a pair of New Year's Day bowl games, the only two in school history.
His 1958 team is the only undefeated team in school history, finishing the year at 9-0-2 and earning a trip to the 1959 Cotton Bowl where it tied TCU, 0-0. The '58 squad featured the school's first consensus All-American, Brock Strom, and helped put the fledgling Falcons on the national map.
The school had not even graduated a class when Martin took over and his nine wins are tied for the most by a first-year coach in school history. Martin also led the Falcons to the 1971 Sugar Bowl, defeating the likes of nationally ranked Missouri and Stanford during the 1970 season. Martin passed away in July 2004.
Compiled a 20-year record of 96-103-9
Known as the "Father of Air Force Football"
Led Falcons to three bowl games, including the 1959 Cotton Bowl, 1963 Gator Bowl and 1971 Sugar Bowl
Appearances in the Cotton and Sugar bowl games mark the only New Year's Day bowl games in which AF has participated
Martin's 1958 team, his first at Air Force, is still considered one of the top teams in college football history
Martin's 1958 team finished with 9-0-1 regular season record before battling to a 0-0 tie with TCU in the Cotton Bowl to finish 9-0-2
1958 team featured the school's first consensus All-American, tackle Brock Strom
Coached wide receiver Ernie Jennings, a star on the 1970 team, who went on to earn consensus All-American honors and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting