March 14, 2017
Martin Jarmond ’01 oversees day-to-day operations at The Ohio State University Department of Athletics, but his most important job is being a mentor to student-athletes.
“There is nothing better than being able to help someone and for them to say that you played a small role in how they developed or where they ended up,” said Jarmond, deputy athletic director and chief of staff at The Ohio State University.
Jarmond, who majored in communication studies, has an open-door policy when it comes to students. His guidance has helped one student-athlete choose a future career path in athletic administration and another to pursue her dream to become a professional golfer.
The support Jarmond received as a UNCW student-athlete sparked a desire to help young people develop and navigate their own journeys.
“The experiences and skills I developed during my time on campus shaped me in such a positive way,” said Jarmond, the first Upperman Scholar and former point guard for the UNCW men’s basketball team. “The ability to genuinely connect with people and understand the value in service and helping others are all attributes that were cultivated at UNCW.”
Joanne Nottingham, retired educational leadership lecturer; Deborah Brunson, associate professor of communication studies; Pat Leonard, vice chancellor for student affairs; Jerry Wainwright, former UNCW men’s basketball head coach and Linda Upperman Smith, diversity scholarship donor and former UNCW Board of Trustee member, were all influential to Jarmond’s growth, he shared.
“Those individuals were responsible for allowing me to see things in myself that I couldn’t see. That’s why I am forever grateful,” he said. “Outside of Coach Wainwright, all of them played almost a mother role. Dr. Brunson was always challenging me. ‘Dr. Nott’ helped me understand my responsibility to help and serve people. She was the first to tell me that I had a gift for connecting with people.”
Jarmond, who was recently named to the Sports Business Daily Journal's Forty Under 40 Class of 2017, was a member of the UNCW men’s basketball team from 1998-2001. He served as team captain and was selected for the CAA All-Academic team in 2000. One of his fondest memories at UNCW was when the team won the CAA tournament in 2000, which punched the Seahawks’ ticket to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
“I’ll never forget all of the people that lined the streets coming into town and all over campus when we pulled into Trask,” he recalled. “It was as if the entire Wilmington community all came out to welcome us home. The pride and joy that our Seahawk basketball team brought to campus and the community is something I’ll never forget.”
-- Venita Jenkins