Tom Martinez, who mentored New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and won 1,400 games as a community college coach, died on his 66th birthday while awaiting a kidney transplant, the San Mateo Daily Journal said.
Martinez led football, basketball and softball teams to 32 championships in as many years at the College of San Mateo in the San Francisco Bay area.
“He really was the representation of Bulldog athletics,” former Athletic Director Gary Dilley told the newspaper. “It’s great he made such a great contribution to Tom Brady, but really the mark he made was in the hearts he trained and coached at CSM.”
Martinez, who also had diabetes, died of a heart attack, the Daily Journal said. After retiring from coaching in 2007, he continued to work with college and National Football League quarterbacks.
Brady, a three-time Super Bowl champion and a native of San Mateo, worked with Martinez between NFL seasons.