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Ex-Clovis West football coach settles suit for $620k

Clovis Unified School District will pay former Clovis West High football coach Marty Martin $620,000 in a wrongful termination suit settled Friday, his attorney said.

The case was scheduled to go to trial Monday in Fresno County Superior Court.

Martin was fired as coach at Clovis West in 2008 despite finishing 9-4-1 and a runner-up in the Central Section Division I playoffs.

He had previously coached in Southern California at Village Christian High of Sun Valley.

"The bottom line is they brought me up to do a job and didn't allow me to do the job and pay me as promised," said Martin, who recently was hired at Mt. Whitney after coaching at Kerman for three years.

"I feel like we were wronged from the beginning and had to fight and go through things. I think this is fair for both sides and now we can move forward."

Dan Siegel, an Oakland-based lawyer who represented Martin, said the money is due June 1 and that there's no appeal process.

"We're satisfied with the settlement," Siegel said. "I would have liked to gone to trial, but I think this is fair."

Siegel said the suit asked for about $430,000 to compensate Martin's loss of income over the course of his career as a result if being let go, plus damages to his reputation and emotional distress. Siegel wouldn't say how much Martin will receive after paying attorneys' fees.

Clovis Unified spokesperson Kelly Avants said the district had no comment.

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