JD Martin is a childhood friend of Tim Howard’s and was also coached by Tim Mulqueen as a youth growing up in New Jersey. Playing in goal for North Brunswick Township High School, JD recorded 22 shutouts in 33 appearances and was named First-Team All-State in New Jersey his senior year.
JD attended Rutgers University from 1998-2002 where he captained the team his junior and senior years. During his sophomore year he earned a medical redshirt as a result of two fractures to his left arm. After graduating from Rutgers, JD used that extra year of eligibility as a graduate student at Northwestern University where he captained the team for the 2002 season. Northwestern had won only one game during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The 2002 season was Tim Lenahan’s second year in charge, but the first year with his own full recruiting class. He brought in 13 freshmen and JD. Seven of the first-year players became regular starters and the class tallied 37 of the team’s 51 total points that year. JD started all 20 games in goal posting seven shutouts, a school record for a single season, and earned All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Tournament honors. The team finished 8-12 that year and two years later that freshman class made the NCAA tournament as juniors. Northwestern has made the NCAA tournament nine times since 2004, reaching the Elite Eight twice, and has also captured two Big Ten regular season championships and one Big Ten tournament title.
In 2003, JD became the first Northwestern men’s soccer player to sign a contract with Major League Soccer. He signed a one-year player development contract and spent the 2003 season with the Chicago Fire. The Fire’s 2003 roster was filled with some American legends – Chris Armas, Carlos Bocanegra, Demarcus Beasley and Zach Thornton, among others. JD had a great year training with and learning from Zach. The Fire’s 2003 season was filled with success. The team captured the MLS Supporters’ Shield, the U.S. Open Cup and advanced to the MLS Cup finals.
After much deliberation, JD hung up his gloves after the 2003 season. In 2004, he joined the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers in New York. After two great years at Lehman, JD joined Thomas H. Lee Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston, in 2006. JD enrolled at Harvard Business School in 2008 earning his MBA in 2010. He then rejoined Thomas H. Lee Partners and is now a Principal focused on investing in the Business and Financial Services industries.
JD is married to Carri (Leto) Martin. Carri was a three-time All-Big Ten second baseman at Northwestern and spent 5 years in the National Pro Fastpitch league where she was a three time All-Star and the 2005 NPF Defensive Player of the Year. JD and Carri have two daughters, Makenzie (3) and Harper (6 months), and live in Boston.