My Life During COVID: Brandon Martin

Checking in to see how our UMKC community is managing the highs and lows of sheltering in place
Brandon Martin

UMKC Athletic Director Brandon Martin is off the court, off the field and home with his wife, two daughters and son. He’s been home with his family more than ever before — and finding that he loves it.

“It’s really going great,” Martin says. “We are having a ton of family time and I’m just so grateful that my family is all here and safe.”

He and his wife, Rosemary, who works in human resources at Metropolitan Community College, are both working at home in their basement and home office. His oldest daughter is home from her first year of college.

“She came home from Arizona State University with straight As,” he said. “We were just thrilled”.

His younger daughter and son were both going to school remotely.

“They were going to school in their bedrooms and basically living on their iPads.”

The Martins are all pitching in and helping each other out, and they are taking a lot of family walks.

“I love it,” he says. “I’ve been home more now than I’ve ever been before. Balance has always been tough for me, but I feel like the ratio is good right now and it makes me feel fulfilled.

We had a great Mother’s Day. I couldn’t stop thinking about what it would be like if my wife weren’t here. It just filled me with so much gratitude.”

Still, Martin is aware of the suddenness of his athletes’ season ending and he understands the loss they are feeling.

“I have a great respect for the resilience of our athletes and coaches. Their seasons ended so abruptly. I really appreciate how willing they were to take the appropriate directions. They were all patient, focused and centered.”

Despite his positive perspective, Martin struggles with the ambiguity of what will come next.

“I am trying to crystallize what the ‘new normal’ is going to be. My life — my job — are never going to be the same. In my life and my career, so much of it is about competing. Now we’re competing against the unknown, but I know we’re going to get through this.”

What are you reading?

Laws of Human Nature” by Robert Greene

How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life” by Bob Rotella and Bob Cullen

Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

Managing from the Heart” by Hyler Bracey, Jack Rosenblum, Aubrey Sanford and Roy Trueblood

What are you watching?

The Last Dance.” It’s epic and it’s great family time for us. I love educating my kids about the greatness of Michael Jordan.


What are you eating?

I love to cook, and I’ve started posting on Instagram with the hashtag thecookingad. I just made Baja fish tacos.

Published: Jun 4, 2020
Posted In: Our People