Manny Martinez

Field Hockey

Hometown: Lakeside, Calif. 
Current Residence: Santee, Calif. 
Born: 1988
Joined National Team: 2005
Position: Striker 
Number: 15 

BIO

An injured high school football player out of a career, Martinez started attending his mother’s field hockey practices. He quickly picked up the game and was strongly encouraged to participate in the Futures program. After 10 sessions of Futures he was referred to try-out for the Men's U18 developmental squad and the rest was history. Martinez made his debut with the U.S. Men's National Team at World League Round I in Chula Vista, Cali in November 2012, recording the first goal his career against Guatemala. When Martinez isn’t busy representing his country, he is fully dedicated to building the sport in his region through coaching numerous programs such as Futures, Coastal Clash, Chula Vista Elementary and East County Gators.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2014: Summer Series against Argentina, Chile and Mexico (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • 2013: World League Round 2 (5th, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 2012: World League Round 1 (1st, Chula Vista, Cali.)

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Nickname: Manny
High School: El Capitan High School  
Club: Camarillo Cougars
College: Cuyamaca College
Major: Biology
Names of parents/guardians: Modesto and Sandra Martinez
Names of sibling(s): Coury, Shanna Jo, Kevin, Marisa, and Alice
Year you began playing field hockey: 2004
Game day mantra: Pain is temporary; pride is forever.
Favorite sports quote: An athlete’s strongest muscle is their heart.
Best words of advice: Give 100 percent effort in everything you do.