What was long suspected is now official – Chuck Martin has been hired at South Carolina.
Frank Martin hired the former Indiana assistant Monday to replace Matt Figger, who took the head coaching job at Austin Peay shortly after the Final Four.
Chuck Martin, a native of the Bronx, N.Y., has spent nearly 20 years across the college and NBA ranks, including five years as head coach at Marist. He assisted at Manhattan, Massachusetts, Drexel, St. John’s and Memphis, where he helped Kentucky coach John Calipari lead the Tigers to the 2008 NCAA championship game.
“I’m really excited to join Frank Martin and his staff here at South Carolina,” Chuck Martin said in a statement from the school. “I’m excited to be a part of the program that he has built and I’m excited to be a part of the community here in Columbia. I’m really looking forward to learning from one of the best coaches in the country.”
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Martin was with Oklahoma City in the NBA before returning to college, assisting Tom Crean with the Hoosiers for three seasons.
A graduate of Monmouth, Martin also coached prep ball at St. Raymond’s and LaSalle Academy in New York.
Martin and his wife, Lee, have three children.
“Extremely excited to add Chuck Martin to our staff,” Frank Martin said in a news release. “Chuck brings unbelievable experience after working on different staffs with John Calipari, Norm Roberts and Tom Crean, along with being a head coach himself at Marist. His enthusiasm for people is what won me over that he would be a great fit for how we work at the University of South Carolina.”
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