Rob Martella was a four-year letterwinner for the Falcons. He helped the Falcons to a 50-18-8 (.711) record during his four years, including a 31-4-3 (.855) over his final two seasons of 1991 and 1992.
A Cincinnati, Ohio, native, Martella was named an NSCAA First-Team All-American following his senior year, and was selected to participate in the 1992 ISAA Senior Bowl. His totals of 45 goals and 115 points still rank first and second, respectively, on the BGSU career charts.
Martella was the first player in school history to earn NSCAA All-Region status in all four years, and remains the only player in BGSU soccer history to lead the team in scoring in four consecutive seasons.
He was named the team’s top rookie in his initial season of 1989, earned co-MVP honors in 1990 and was the team MVP in 1992. A four-time All-MASC (Mid-America Soccer Conference) and All-Ohio First-Team pick, he remained with the Falcons as a volunteer student assistant coach in 1993, before graduating in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management.
Martella was the assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at the University of Dayton for the 1995-96 academic year, and played professionally for the Cincinnati Silverbacks of the National Professional Soccer League in 1997-98 and 1998-99.
Martella returned to BGSU as the team’s assistant men’s soccer coach in 1998, and spent three seasons under head coach Mel Mahler. He left in June of 2001 to become the Director of Soccer Operations for US Youth Soccer.
Martella currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
(Information on this page courtesy bgsufalcons.com press release, July 8, 2002.)