Former South Carolina coach Frank Martin linked to Atlantic 10 job, per report
Former South Carolina men’s basketball head coach Frank Martin is reportedly a candidate for an opening in the Atlantic 10. According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, Martin has emerged as the target of UMass’ search.
In a Wednesday tweet, Thamel shares that Martin met with UMass officials on Tuesday and is expected to meet again, in person, on Thursday.
Source: Former South Carolina coach Frank Martin has emerged as the target of the UMass basketball search. Martin met with UMass officials Tuesday and the sides are expected to meet again in person on Thursday.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 23, 2022
Martin, who turned 56 Wednesday, was dismissed as South Carolina’s head coach last week. He had been head coach of the Gamecocks since 2012, posting a record of 171-147 overall and 79-99 in SEC play. Martin took South Carolina to the postseason twice, reaching the NCAA Tournament Final Four in 2017, a year after an NIT appearance. This past season, the Gamecocks went 18-13 overall and 9-9 in regular-season conference play.
Martin, 56, has been in coaching since 1985, getting his start as a high school assistant in his native Miami. He was a Miami-area high school head coach from 1993-to-2000 before stepping up to the college ranks as an assistant at Northeastern, a position he held until 2004. Martin was an assistant at Cincinnati from 2004-to-2006 before joining the Kansas State staff. After one year as a KSU assistant, he became the Wildcats’ head coach in April 2007, succeeding Bob Huggins.