After graduating from Curry, Martin attended Gardner-Webb junior college before returning to Greensboro to enroll at UNCG. It wasn't long before he recognized some fellow rival basketball players from his Curry School days. They encouraged him to join the newly-formed Men's Basketball team at UNCG. Martin later said he didn't even know they had a men's team at that time. This was understandable since UNCG had only started accepting male students in the fall of 1964. It was the introduction of men's athletics that also necessitated the need for a mascot for the school's intercollegiate athletic teams. Martin joined the nascent team with eleven other students under coach Jim Swiggett and became the UNCG Spartans.
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After graduation, Martin put his UNCG degree to work in a career that spanned 33 years of service in the Planning Department of the City of Greensboro. Beginning work as a Planning Technician and rising through the ranks to become Director of Planning, Martin retired in December of 2003.
In 2002, Martin made history again when he was elected president of the UNCG Alumni Association, the first male to hold that post. That same year, Martin was inducted into the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame.
Martin and his wife, Mary, continued to show support for current UNCG athletes by establishing the C. Thomas Martin Athletic Scholarship, an endowment fund that is awarded to women in the basketball program who have demonstrated a high level of competition and academic performance.
Martin has also been recognized as one of UNCG Athletic's biggest fans with the Super Spartan Award and more recently, was a recipient of the Alumni Association's UNCG/WC Legacy Award (2014) for alumni who have made significant contributions that exemplify value, character, and high integrity.
An original Spartan, Martin continues to support current Spartans to this day.