Indy Like a Local: Martin Rennie

Who is Martin?

A Scot turned Hoosier, Martin Rennie is the current head coach of the Indy Eleven USLC men's soccer team. 

Q. How did you get started in soccer?

I started playing soccer from a young age. Playing soccer is a natural thing to do in Scotland, where I’m from. Years later, I decided that I wanted to get into coaching. I began working on my coaching qualifications and my career began from there.

Q. What do you think is unique about the Indy Eleven community and fan base?

One thing I think is interesting is that there was a fan base before the team even existed. Because of that, I think that there’s great loyalty behind the team’s crest and brand. I think with everything going on, the enthusiasm around the team continues to grow. 

Q. After a long game, do you have a favorite dining (or watering hole) around Indy? If so, tell us where and why.

One of the few places I enjoy going to is Bar Louie. There’s a lot of good food and drinks on the menu. It’s a great place to hang out that’s near where I’m staying. 

Q. When you’re not on the field, where do you go in Indy to relax?

I’ve been to the Broad Ripple area quite a few times. There’s plenty of interesting things happening there with all the restaurants and bars to visit, and sometimes even concerts. I really enjoy sports, so I look forward to going downtown to see the Pacers and Colts play when I can.

Q. As a native Scot, we’re sure you’ve hosted your fair share of friends and family. When you have your tour guide hat on, where do you take visitors?

I’ve obviously not lived here long, but depending on who’s visiting, I like to visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. I also like to visit the Indianapolis Public Library, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Keystone Fashion Mall and walking or biking the Monon Trail. There’s lots to do! 

Q. What can we expect from Indy Eleven this season?

We’ve got an exciting season ahead. There’s lots of things happening off the field that we’re looking forward to. We have a lot of experienced players on our squad this season. Our players that’re hungry to succeed and that are excited to play in front of our fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. We look forward to seeing everyone at our Home Opener on March 30th and throughout the year.”

 


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