Football alum Martinez joins Wolf Pack staff

May 19, 2017 RENO, Nev. – Anthony Martinez, a Wolf Pack football alum who delivered the winning kick in one of the greatest moments in school history, has been hired by Nevada in the Wolf Pack ticket office and will serve as an account manager and work in donor services.

Martinez is best known for producing the game-winning 34-year field goal that stunned No. 3 Boise State in 2010, a game known as “Blue Friday” and widely regarded as the top win in program history. Nevada trailed 24-7 at halftime in that game before rallying back to force overtime, where Martinez won it. He was also four-of-four in extra points in that game and kicked a 23-yarder that tied the game at 24 with 5:14 to play.

“It’s truly an honor and privilege to be back working with a University that has already given me so many amazing experiences and memories over the years,” Martinez said. “My hope is to give back to past, present, and future Wolf Pack fans for all the love and support they gave me over the years. I’m just very excited to be back running with the Pack!”

An invited walk-on to the Nevada program, Martinez joined the Pack in 2009 and took over the kicking duties in 2010. He suffered a hip injury two games into the 2011 season that eventually cut short his playing career. He graduated from Nevada in 2014 with a major in communication studies and a minor in business.

“We are excited to welcome back Anthony Martinez to the Wolf Pack team,” said Kevin Henley, Nevada’s assistant athletics director for sales. “Anthony has demonstrated a strong passion for Nevada athletics that will translate in exceptional service to our donors and season ticketholders. He is going to be an important part of our continued growth for our athletics department.”

Martinez, a local product who prepped at Reno’s McQueen High School, joined the Nevada football program after leadng the Lancers to a Nevada state championship in 2008 as he rushed for 113 yards and both of McQueen’s touchdowns in a 13-12 win in the state title game.

Martinez will handle ticket accounts of last names beginning with H through L. He can reached at (775) 327-5001 or via email.

He’s the second member of that 2010 Wolf Pack football team to recently join the front office staff at Nevada. Zack Madonick, a starting defensive tackle on that team who graduated in 2011, joined Nevada as an assistant athletics director for development.
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