Staying busy has never been an issue for Jim Martiny, even when his endeavors have changed.

After guiding the Briggs girls bowling team to its fifth consecutive state tournament appearance this season, Martiny is retiring from a high school coaching career that has spanned nearly four decades.

“More fishing” is among the things Martiny plans to do in the coming years. He also volunteers at Columbus Downtown Career Center.

Martiny is planning to help Jo Dimond, the Central District tournament coordinator for bowling, from an organizational capacity as well.

Martiny retired from teaching at Briggs after the 2009-10 school year and stepped down from coaching girls tennis for 30 years after that school year. He also coached boys tennis at the school for 12 years.

The Bruins’ girls tennis team reached the City final in each of its final 10 seasons under Martiny.

He had been Briggs’ bowling coach since 2007, and has long been an example of how much of a difference stability can make to City League athletics programs.

“Martiny is the best coach you could ever ask for,” said senior bowler Bailee Smith, who finished seventh in the Division I state tournament March 10 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl as the Bruins placed fourth as a team. “He helps us all out individually and with us as a team.”

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