As a high school wrestling coach, Israel has coached numerous IHSA state champions. In 2005, as an assistant coach at the prestigious Montini Catholic High School, Israel leadership helped lead the Broncos to three consecutive Team State Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009. After the 2009 season, Israel was appointed head coach of the Montini Catholic Broncos. Since taking over the program, Israel has continued the team’s domination in the state of Illinois by winning four consecutive Team State Championships from 2010-2014.
Off the mat, Israel began working with, long time friend and mixed martial artist, Clay Guida, on perfecting his wrestling skills for his career in the octagon. Clay has been fighting in the UFC since 2006 with Israel as his head wrestling coach. Israel has worked with multiple world champions and many others that have been at the top of their divisions in the UFC, including names such as Carlos Condit, Brian Stann, Cub Swanson, Dieago Sanchez, Erik Perez, Isaac Valle-Flagg, Kyle Noke, Tom Watson, Travis Browne, Julie Kedzie, and Holly Holm. Since 2009, Israel has been the head wrestling coach for Jackson’s MMA, located in Albuquerque, NM. Israel is also the head wrestling coach for the reigning, pound for pound, number 1 fighter in the world, Jon “Bones” Jones.
Israel Martinez is one of the most recognized wrestling coaches in the state of Illinois and the most talented coaches in the world. He has a proven method of developing the best wrestlers. Through a mixture of mental toughness and technical wisdom, Israel Martinez has coached his athletes to success at the highest level and on the highest stage.