So here’s someone who never played the game but has advanced his career to the point where he is a respected name in the world of college basketball. Frank Martin has coached high school and college basketball since 1985. His first chance as head coach of a college team, however, came in 2007, after his boss resigned.
In his career, Martin has qualified with his teams for five NCAA tournaments and earned the title of “Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year” in 2010.
Frank Martin Bio (Wiki)
Frank Jose Martin was the first member of his family to be born in America. His mother and father, Lourdes Perez Martin, had fled Cuba because of the repressive political regime of the time. They gave birth to Martin on March 23, 1966, in Miami, Florida.
In 1993 he graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. At that time he was working in various jobs to support himself, including bouncer at a local nightclub and head coach at Miami Senior High School for the boys’ junior team, a job he started in 1985. Frank Martin had no intention of giving up his duties at a nightclub or becoming a full-time coach until he survived a shootout staged by a group of men he had previously thrown out of the club for fighting.
After leaving the nightclub and serving at Miami High School for eight years, he was offered his first coaching job at North Miami High School shortly after graduating from Florida International University (FIU). On the second assignment in Miami Senior a few years later, the team won the state championship three times in a row from 1996 to 1998. Later, however, the team lost the 1998 title due to some recruitment violations. This led to his dismissal in 1999, although he was never proven to have been involved in the infringements.
Frank spent a year at Booker T. Washington High School in his next job, which was his last year as a high school coach.
In 2000, Frank Martin was hired by Northeastern University as an assistant coach and recruitment coordinator. He spent four years there before moving to the University of Cincinnati in 2004. In 2006, Bob Huggins, the head coach of Cincinnati, was hired by Kansas State University, and Huggins took Martin with him. After a year together in Kansas, Huggins resigned and Martin took his place as head coach.
Frank Martin ended his first season as head coach with some remarkable wins. Their first win was over local rival, the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Ultimately Frank led the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament, their first place since 1966.
In March 2010, Martin was named Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year for his exploits with the Wildcats. He rewarded this by moving the team into the Elite 8, making it the best result of the tournament since 1988.
On March 2, 2012, Martin replaced Darrin Horn as head coach of the University of South Carolina basketball team. Frank’s first two seasons at USC were miserable and he even lost his temper several times on the court. In the following seasons, Frank Martin helped the team recover, ending their non-conference and SEC conference campaigns in a much better position than in the first two seasons.
The 2016-2017 season was Martin’s best year with the USC Gamecocks to date, as he secured the team a place as seeded No. 7 in the 2017 NCAA tournament. They beat some strong opponents and made it to the final of the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4, where they lost 73:77 against the Gonzaga tournament. This was the first time in the history of the school that they made it to Elite 8.
Frank Martin finished the 2017-2018 season in a draw on 11th place with an overall season record of 17-16.
His Family: Kids and Wife, Anya Martin
Frank Martin is married to Anya Martin since 2006. The basketball coach often raves about her when she talks about being the backbone of the family. Anya, who has stood by him throughout his college career, understands first-hand the pressures of the athletics world. After all, in her days at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst she was a champion sprinter herself.
One of Frank’s reasons for leaving KSU for USC was that Anya could be closer to her mother, Valerie Forest, who is battling breast cancer. The couple also raised about $300,000 together for cancer research.
The couple have three children: Christian, Amalia, and Brando
Frank Martin has broad shoulders and an overall well-built appearance, which makes him look dominant. However, by basketball standards, he is not that tall. The coach stands at a height of 1.75 m (5 feet 9 inches) and weighs about 72.6 kg (160 lbs).