Marty Saiz, has been involved in New Mexico athletics for 43 years as an athlete, coach, administrator and business sponsor. He was a 3-year letterman in both basketball and baseball at Cibola High School. In 1980, he became one of the first non-teacher to coach basketball at Cibola High School. He would assist the legendary and 2017 New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Frank Castillo for four years while going to college at the University of New Mexico. Marty started as the freshman basketball coach, then the following year as the sophomore coach. The last two years, he was the junior varsity coach. His last game of coaching was the 1984 North-South All-Star game, which Coach Castillo was the head coach. Marty and Gene Pino were the assistant coaches. Many of his JV players would go on to play in the 1985 and 1986 State Championship games.
After discussing the financial potential of coaching and teaching with Coach Castillo, he decided to venture into the business world and become a State Farm Insurance Agent in 1985. Marty would financially support local little leagues and high school teams. In 1995 began coaching youth basketball at the Bernalillo Park & Recreation and Albuquerque Youth Basketball League (AYBL). In 1999, Marty would start coaching AAU basketball. In 2000, he became a board member for AYBL and eventually in 2004 become the President until 2011. With the assistance of Gene Pino, the Executive Director, they grew AYBL form 65 teams to the largest winter youth basketball league in the state with 155 teams.
In 2007, Marty started and coordinated the top AAU basketball club in the state, the Danny Granger Hurricanes/D1 Ambassadors. Since 2007, over 140 high school players have played in the club that went on to play college basketball on a scholarship. The Club is considered one of the Elite club in the Southwest playing in only NCAA Certified events or where there are recruiting services. Players like Chad Adams (UNM), Jaye Crockett (Texas Tech), Alex Kirk (UNM), Bryce Alford (UCLA), Cullen Neal (UNM-University of Mississippi), George King (Colorado) and Jamuni McNease (Oklahoma) are some of the top players that played in the Club.
In 1996, under the leadership of Dennis Hodges, Agency Field Executive, Marty helped originate and help coordinate the State Farm Insurance Player of the Week and the End of the Season Recognition Banquets for football, basketball and baseball from 1997-2013 in the Albuquerque Metro area. Dennis and Marty helped State Farm Insurance become the first ever corporate title sponsor of the New Mexico Activities. State Farm was the title sponsor for 9 years. Marty was the NMAA title sponsor for high school volleyball from 2004-2006. Marty continues to be the major sponsor of the Marty Saiz Insurance Agency, Inc. Albuquerque Metro High School Volleyball banquet since 2005. Marty spent countless hours at games taking action photos and creating the thousands of awards for the student-athletes in the various sports. For his efforts, the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame honored Marty as the Promotion of the Year in 2003. From 2004-2012, he has sponsored the top 10 multi-sports seniors in the Albuquerque metro or Statewide awards at the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2003, Marty began to assist 2015 New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Henry “T” Tafoya on KDEF-AM Radio doing color commentary and/or play-by-play of high school basketball and football games. Henry and Marty broadcasted easily over 1000 games. Marty still helps occasionally as a color commentator for Proview Networks on their high school game broadcasts. He has been major sponsor of Albuquerque Public School Athletics and the New Mexico Games for last 18 years. He has also been a major sponsor of other charities over the last 13 years such as Juvenile Diabetes, Research Foundation, ALS- Lou Gherig’s Disease, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Educational Scholarship Foundation and several more. He was a on the Albuquerque Public Schools Golf Extravaganza Committee plus a sponsor for the big golf event that raised money for the APS Foundation. Marty has run and organized basketball skills camps for the last 10 years bring national trainers like Ganon Baker, David Nurse and the Point Guard College. Since 2010, he annually hosts and organizes the Top 100 New Mexico High School Basketball Showcase, which is broadcasted over internet to college coaches and gives local fans a preview of the top players in New Mexico.