There were conference championships, individual accomplishments, and academic successes in 2017.
The SAMMYS were handed out for academic, athletics and community service excellence.
The three gymnasts represented San José State Saturday at the regional meet.
Taylor Chan was named the MPSF Freshman of the Year, while Shella Martinez received the MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year award.
•2017 MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year
•2016-17 San José State Assistant Coach of the Year
Shella Martinez enters her 15th season as a member of the San Jose State women’s gymnastics coaching staff in 2018.
Martinez is the beam coach, recruiting coordinator and handles all choreography for the Spartans. Alongside her work at San José State, she choreographs routines for numerous club teams in the Bay Area.
Martinez was named the 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Assistant Coach of the Year. After the beam team had a rough beginning to the 2017 season, Martinez helped the team turn it around and post three of the top-seven scores in school history. The beam team started the Spartans off with a 49.100, second-highest beam score at San José State, at the MPSF Championships. She coached Taylor Chan to a 9.900 on beam, tying the school record, and three Spartans won beam titles in 2017 – Chan (twice), Stephanie Relova and Chelsey Andrada. Martinez also assisted in organizing the MPSF Women’s Gymnastics Championship Banquet and made sure the small details were taken care of for the night. She also organized the student volunteers for the meet.
During her time on the Spartans’ coaching staff, Martinez has coached the only two teams to win a conference championship in program history (2004 & 2017 MPSF Champions), six of seven San José State teams that qualified for the NCAA postseason and Thomasina Wallace and Veronica Porte at NCAA Nationals in 2009. Three former Spartans have won conference beam titles during her tenure - Amberly Klein (2004), Cami Guyer (2013) and Marissa Unpingco (2015). Her beam teams broke the school record in 2011 (49.275).
From 2005 through 2012, she owned Gold Coast Gymnastics, and coached former Spartan Kiley Field.
Before coming to San José State, from 2002 through 2004, Martinez was the head team coach at Pegasus Gymnastics Academy in Milpitas, Calif. From 1995 through 1998, Martinez worked at Funtastics Gymnastics in Coeur d`Alene, Idaho, where she developed and implemented programs to aid in the teaching of fundamental gymnastics. As a gymnast, Martinez competed for the Gold Cup Gymnastics Academy in Albuquerque, N.M.
Shella and her husband Mike Reiswig were married in 2009, and have two children - a daughter, Charleese Mikell (3), a son, Wyatt Jude (1) and are expecting a third child in May 2018.