The MSD of Martinsville, approved on Thursday, September 19, 2019, the recommendation to hire Bobby Payne, as Head Boys Golf Coach, Dave Dorsett, as Head Softball Coach and John Kirtland as Head Boys and Girls Swim Coach.
Bobby Payne has served education for the past 37 years as a teacher and coach. Coach Payne previously served as the assistant boys golf coach at Martinsville High School and prior to that was the head boys golf coach for five years. Martinsville boys golf made three appearances in the state finals under his head coaching tenure, two years as a team and one year with an individual.
Dave Dorsett has coached at various levels in multiple sports for the past 35 years. Most recently, Coach Dorsett has served Martinsville athletics over the past seven years as an assistant coach in girls and boys basketball. Coach Dorsett brings a fundamental approach to softball and a passion for a solid, articulated program.
John Kirtland has been teaching and coaching since his days as a swimmer at Indiana University. Previously, Coach Kirtland served as the head coach at Southport and Decatur Central High School where he helped produced state qualifiers. Additionally, he served as athletic director at Shoals High School before coming to Martinsville High School.
“All three coaches bring high school coaching experience, a fundamental approach to their respective sport, and an understanding of a solid feeder program. We are excited to see their programs grow in all facets of school based athletics.” stated Martinsville High School Athletic Director Kip Staggs.