RAUL MARTYNEK '87
Induction Class of 2001
Born in Madrid, Spain and raised in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Raul Martynek played soccer at Binghamton from 1985-87. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1988. Martynek then received a master's degree in international finance from Columbia in 1993.
A defensive stalwart with exceptional skill in the air, Martynek played three seasons after transferring from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During his tenure, Binghamton went 38-12-5 and received three straight post-season tournament invitations, highlighted by an NCAA bid in his senior year.
In 1987, co-captain Martynek led the team to a 14-2-2 record (83.3%) — the highest single-season win percentage and fewest losses in program history. As center back, he anchored a defensive unit that allowed just 12 goals in 18 games with 10 shutouts. After the season, Martynek was selected as a first team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American — just the second player in 41 years to attain the sport's highest honor.
The 1987 team posted six straight shutouts to open the season, and won its last seven before capturing the SUNYAC title and advancing to the NCAA tournament as the region's top-ranked team and number one seed.
That year Martynek was also named All-SUNYAC and All-New York State for the second consecutive season. In addition, his academic achievement was recognized by the SUNYAC, which selected him as its Scholar Athlete of the Year.
At Binghamton, he was honored as the "Athlete of the Year" in 1987, and was chosen as both the Foundation Award and an ECAC Merit Medal recipient in 1988. He was also named a national Academic All-American in 1986.
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