Martin Coy

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Martin C. Coy

Martin C. Coy spent twenty years in the news media and twenty years in the counseling and education fields studying and writing about the human condition. He retired from both careers in 2006.
Marty, who graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Journalism (with two minors -- English and Psychology) from West Virginia University in 1968 (within three years after returning from his U.S. Army service), worked over twenty years in the print and broadcast medias. He worked on five daily newspapers in the news and editorial and advertising and circulation departments in four different states:
Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. He had his own radio show on WKPA in Pennsylvania and his own Public Relations firm in West Virginia; served as a Public Relations and Advertising Specialist in New York City; served as a lobbyist for veterans in Washington, DC; was appointed (at age 26) as the National Public Relations Director of the AMVETS (one of the nation's five largest veterans organizations) in Washington, DC; worked as the Director of Information for the West Virginia State Department of Commerce; and, served as an Employment Counselor with the Maryland State Department of Economic and Employment Development. He also had a career in public affairs as a publications officer in the U.S. Federal Civilian Service working for the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Mental Health.
A disabled U.S. Army veteran (serving on Active Duty from 1962 to 1965), Marty had to medically retire from the Federal Civilian Service in 1979 due to the disabling effects of Multiple Sclerosis (the final diagnosis of which he received upon his separation from his army service in 1965).
Wanting to keep busy after that retirement, Marty sought out and pursued his Masters Degree in Psychology from Hood College in May 1988. He has also completed postgraduate studies
in counseling at Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College in 1992 while also working in several part time positions.
As a result, he served as a substitute teacher for the Frederick County Public School System (FCPSS) for twenty years (1980-2000), taught employment assistance classes on and off in the early 1990s at Ft. Detrick, worked for 12 years with the Frederick County Job Training Agency from 1986 to 1998 as an Instructor/Career Counselor and Counselor/Psychotherapist, served as an Employment Assistance Program Counselor for the Army Community Services' (ACS) Employment Readiness and Transition Assistance Program (ERTAP) and as an Education Counselor with the Fort Detrick Center for Training and Education Excellence (DCTEE).
Since his Graduate school graduation, Marty found time to work in four clinical settings, to include: the Frederick County Mental Health Department's Substance Abuse Services Program, the Frederick County Vietnam Era Veterans Program, Crossroads Treatment Center, and Mountain Manor Treatment Centers. He served as a Psychotherapist, an Addictions Counselor, and a Professionally Certified Counselor in all clinical settings. Marty is a Board Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., Certification Number 31911 and an MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Licensee for Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc., License No. 25-2090.
In addition to serving as an on-call, contract counselor to several private and State and Federal government agencies and organizations (since 1986), while at the same time maintaining his own small private practice (since 1990), Marty holds professional membership in the American Counseling Association, the Association for Specialists in Group Work, the Frederick County Mental Health Association, and the National Board for Certified Counselors. He was an Adjunct Faculty member at Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD from June 1997 to May 1999 and an Adjunct Faculty member of the Graduate School, USDA, Washington, DC, from October 2000 to September 2003.
During all of this time, Marty also pursued work as a freelance creative writer being published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. In addition, he has also worked as a freelance Writer/Editor serving such clients as the U.S. Jaycees (in both WV and MD); the Frederick (MD) Symphonic Band; the Frederick (MD) Regional Youth Orchestra; the Carroll Manor Elementary School Concerned Parents Committee in Adamstown, MD; the Citizens for the Preservation of Southern Frederick County, Inc.; Fervency Lodge #200, A.F.&A.M.; and, the Disabled Citizens of Frederick County United, Inc. His first book, NOT ALL SO TALL TALES, was published in 2007 by Xlibris (a subsidiary of Random House) and is currently available for sale at book stores throughout the country.
In 2008, he attended the United Methodist Church's Basic Lay Speaking Course held by the Frederick, MD, District of the United Methodist Church. He finished and passed the class on 3/8/08. Martin was officially consecrated as a United Methodist Church Local Lay Speaker on Sun. 8, 2008.
On Sat., Oct. 16, 2010, following an intensive 2-day training session (Oct. 15-16, 2010), Martin became a Certified Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church. He was officially consecrated as a United Methodist Church Certified Lay Speaker on Sun., May 15, 2011. In 2016, he became a United Methodist Church Certified Lay Speaker-Retired.
His second book, UNBURIED TREASURE, was published in 2015 by Xlibris (a subsidiary of Random House) and is currently available for sale online at, and and at book stores throughout the country.
Born in Wadsworth, OH, he met his wife, Patricia, while both were serving in the U.S. Federal Civilian Service. They were married on Sept. 3, 1976. He is the father of an adult daughter and an adult son and the grandfather of two.
Interested in community affairs, he belongs to a variety of local, state, national, civic and professional associations, fraternities, and organizations.

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