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Dr. Chet Martin


21st Season


  • B.S. Tarleton State University, 1981
  • M.Ed. Tarleton State University, 1995
  • Ph.D Texas Women's University, 2001


Dr. Chet Martin referreeing basketball game.

Dr. Chet Martin grew up in Stephenville and graduated from Tarleton State University with a bachelor's of science in 1981. In 1995, he earned his master's of education from Tarleton State before completing his doctoral degree in 2001 from Texas Woman's University. While pursuing his degrees, Dr. Martin served in the Tarleton State Kinesiology Department as a professor with specialties in wellness, sports officiating, and sports psychology.

Dr. Martin's responsibilities include teaching undergraduate, as well as graduate classes within the Kinesiology Department. A few of his classes include Wellness, Motor Behavior, and Sports Officiating. Another of his major contributions to the department has been the development of six online classes.

Along with his colleagues, Dr. Martin has been involved with extensive research regarding Texas Testing results and predictors. He has also conducted research and made national presentations on sports officiating, abstinence education, and destabilization of lifts measured by EMG's. He was also recognized in 2005's "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."

Dr. Martin and his wife, Gina, have two sons, Elijah and Ben. The couple lives in Stephenville, where they spend time watching their younger son participate in sports, playing golf, fly fishing, and spending time with their church family at Harvey Baptist Church. The Martins stay busy on their ranch, tending to their cattle and farming. Dr. Martin compares physical fitness to brushing his teeth - it's a part of every day life. Dr. Martin is also very active in sports officiating. His officiating experience includes women's basketball at the NCAA Division I and II levels.

Quick Facts


Dr. Chet Martin
Twitter - @refereedoc1

Classes Taught

  • Wellness (KINE 1301)
  • Sports Officiating (KINE 2227)
  • Motor Behavior (KINE 3330)
  • Health & Fitness for Children (KINE 3351)
  • Psychological Aspects of Sports (KINE 4302)
  • Advanced Psychology of Sports (KINE 5302)
  • History of Physical Education (KINE 5370)
  • Golf (KINE 1218)

Favorite Fitness Routine

P90X & Insanity

Quotes to Live By

"Work smarter not harder." -Tony Stigliano
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." -John Wooden

Notable Accomplishments

  • 2014 Recipient of the OA Grant Excellence in Teaching Award (TSU)
  • 39 years as a Basketball Official
    • NCAA Division I - Southland Conference
    • NCAA Division II - Lone Star & Heartland Conferences
    • NAIA - Red River Conference

Why is Kinesiology Important?

It's important to teach people to live a healthy lifestyle and be a productive educator.