After playing on TCU's first Southwest Conference championship team in 1929, Othol "Abe" Martin began a career as a high school football coach. He coached at El Paso, Lufkin, and Paschal High Schools. In 11 seasons, he won or tied for nine district championships and ended his high school coaching stint with a 95-14-1 record. In 1944, Martin joined the TCU coaching staff as an assistant to athletic director and head coach Dutch Meyer. Nine years later, Martin replaced Meyer as head coach, and over the next 14 years (1953-1966) Martin led the Frogs to five bowl games and an overall record of 74-64-7. In 1968, the "Jacksboro Philosopher" received the American Football Coaches Association's Amos Alonzo Stagg Award and was named to TCU's Letterman's Hall of Fame. Martin was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.