Martin presents the 2013 WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF championship trophy to Minnesota captains Megan Bozek (at left) and Bethany Brausen (right)
With a long and successful tenure in collegiate sport administration and management that spans three decades, Martin oversees the on-going development and day-to-day functions of the women's WCHA while also playing a key role in national issues as well. Under her guidance and leadership, WCHA-member teams have captured a record 14 consecutive national championships (2000 AWCHA Div. 1 champions, 2001-13 NCAA Women's Frozen Four champions) and had six of its players earn the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top player in Division 1 women's collegiate ice hockey (2005 - Krissy Wendell, F, UM; 2006 - Sara Bauer, F, UW; 2009 - Jessie Vetter, G, UW; 2011 - Meghan Duggan, F, UW; 2012 - Brianna Decker, F, UW; 2013 - Amanda Kessel, F, UM). WCHA-member teams also continually lead the country in attendance, the league's annual playoff championship – known as the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF – has continued to grow and attract attention, and hundreds of league players have had extensive experience and success in international competitions such as the Winter Olympics, IIHF World Championships and Four Nations' Cup.
Martin has been extensively involved with the sport of college hockey for more than 20 years. She served as tournament director of the WCHA Final Five Playoff Championship in 1994, 1996 and 1998, was the tournament manager for the 1997 NCAA Men's Frozen Four held at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee and was assistant tournament manager for the 1993 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, also held in Milwaukee. She was also the tournament manager for the 1995 and 1999 NCAA Division 1 Men's West Regionals, held in Madison.
Prior to assuming her duties with the WCHA, Martin worked at the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department from 1990-99. She began as an administrative assistant to the associate athletic director and moved into the department of facilities and events in 1995. In 1997 she became the Event Manager at the Kohl Center, where she stayed until June of 1999. While at Wisconsin, Martin was the tournament director for the Badger Hockey Showdown, held each December at the Bradley Center.
A native of Sheboygan, Wis., Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1990 and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Minnesota State University in 1993.
Sara and her husband, Bruce, make their home in Middleton, Wis.