Miramar, FL — When the football commissioner role at Miramar Optimist Wolverines of South Florida’s American Youth Football League (AYFL) became vacant, members of the board knew they had to make a smart hire in order to keep the momentum of the program going forward. Wednesday it was announced that Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed at 17-years-old sparking a national controversy, is the new commissioner of the program his son once played for.
Martin has been in leadership at Miramar before and his assignment as commissioner is aimed at reestablishing the program that has a good public face, but is embattled behind the scenes with issues from past leadership, says Jerome Horton.
As commissioner, Martin will be tasked with determining the course of the program, selecting head coaches to lead each age division and planning for a successful financial future for Miramar Optimist as well as the proliferation of its programs goals.
The announcement by the board was made Wednesday night and presented before the coaches of the organization.
Football Hotbed will sit down with Martin in the coming weeks to discuss his plans for Miramar Optimist, which has been a resurgent program in South Florida having moved from Division II play in South Florida Youth Football League to now becoming a powerhouse program in the AYFL.