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Tom Martinez, the longtime coach and mentor of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, died Tuesday in California on his 67th birthday. Martinez’s wife, Olivia, told the San Mateo Daily Journal that he died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while receiving dialysis treatment.

Tom Martinez, who has garnered a lot of attention for being Tom Brady’s longtime personal quarterback coach, was first known as a first-rate coach at College of San Mateo.

The College of San Mateo women’s basketball team used a 40-14 run to beat City College of San Francisco 77-61 last Friday night to not only sweep the season series from the Rams, but also to run its Coast Conference-leading record to 5-1 on the season.

College of San Mateo could have used such a spark Wednesday night in Los Altos Hills as the visitors ran out of gas when Foothill, the top-ranked team in Northern California, turned up its defensive intensity in an 83-61 victory.

The College of San Mateo women’s basketball team pulled off perhaps the biggest women’s basketball upset of the 21st century Wednesday evening, opening Coast North Conference play with a 63-56 victory at formerly No. 1 ranked City College of San Francisco.

The College of San Mateo is inducting its first class into the school’s athletic hall of fame, led by Oakland Raiders legend John Madden.

On September 23, at 4pm, College of San Mateo will honor nine decades of its athletic legacy when it dedicates the Athletic Hall of Fame Plaza during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Sixteen former athletes and coaches will be inducted in the inaugural class of inductees and their names will be enshrined on granite and bronze pillars permanently on display in the Plaza.

Martinez, who has mentored Tom Brady since the New England Patriots’ quarterback was a teenager, revealed two weeks ago that he had just a few weeks to live, losing battles with diabetes complications and a failing kidney. But on Saturday, Martinez was back on the football field, mentoring 35 teenagers at his 33rd annual quarterback camp in Woodside, Calif.

Those who seem to think that experience matters little in a playoff environment need only look at last night’s affair between the College of San Mateo women’s basketball team and Sacramento City College.

College of San Mateo forward Trish Malaspina dominated on both sides of the ball in sparking her team to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. The 5-foot-10 sophomore out of Burlingame High scored a team-high 21 points to pace the Bulldogs to an 81-68 home win against rival Skyline in a Coast-North Conference opener.