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Martin led Falcons from 1958 to 1977

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Ben Martin, football coach at
the Air Force Academy from 1958-77, has died. He was 83.

Martin, who died Saturday, recently had a heart attack, Air
Force assistant athletic director for media relations Troy Garnhart
said Sunday.

"This is a real sad day for Falcon football," current coach
Fisher DeBerry said in a statement on the team's Web site. "We
enjoy a national prominence because of the foundation Ben Martin
built."

A graduate of the Naval Academy, Martin replaced Buck Shaw as
Air Force's coach. Despite scant talent and rarely scrimmaging to
prevent injuries, Martin lead the team to the 1959 Cotton Bowl,
where the team tied Texas Christian 0-0.

Under Martin, Air Force went 96-103-9 and also appeared in the
1963 Gator Bowl and 1970 Sugar Bowl.

After retiring from coaching, Martin became a television and
radio commentator.