Martin is in the process of rebuilding a South Carolina program that posted just one winning season since 2005-06, and owns a 14-17 mark heading into the 2013 Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Prior to arriving at South Carolina Martin spent five years (2007-08 through 2011-12) in his first collegiate head coaching stint at the helm of Kansas State University. During his time in Manhattan, Martin strung together five consecutive seasons with 20-plus victories, a feat never before accomplished in K-State history.
Before he was elevated to head coach – Martin served as an assistant in 2006-07 and the squad went 23-12 and played in the NIT – K-State teams had just two strings of three 20-plus seasons since the program began play in 1902, the most recent of which ended in 1981-82.
Martin’s most successful year leading the Wildcats came in 2009-10, when he piloted the team to a school-record number of victories, a 29-8 mark and the 2010 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. K-State also posted a record of 11-5 in Big 12 Conference play to finish tied for second in the league’s regular-season rankings. For his efforts, Martin was named the 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year, was a finalist for the 2010 Naismith National Coach of the Year award and runner-up for Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors.
In all, Martin compiled a 117-54 record for a 68.4 winning percentage at K-State and advanced his teams to postseason play in each of his five years.
Before arriving in Manhattan, Martin spent two years (2004-05 and 2005-06) as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati and four (2000-01 through 2003-04) at Northeastern University.
A 1993 graduate of Florida International University, Martin spent 15 years (1985-86 through 1999-2000) as a high school coach in South Florida. His first eight years were spent as an assistant coach at Miami Senior High School, and during that time Miami earned five (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993) Florida Class 4A championships.
On the heels of his fifth title as an assistant coach, Martin spent two years (1993-94 and 1994-95) as head coach for North Miami High School before returning as head coach for Miami Senior High for the 1995-96 season. In his first year as Miami head coach, Martin coached his team to the 1996 Florida 6A state title. The following year, Martin guided Miami Senior High to a 36-1 record, a final USA Today No. 4 national ranking and a second Florida Class 6A crown. Martin remained at Miami through 1998-99 before being hired to coach at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Fla., for the 1999-2000 season.