Report: Indiana hires former Marist coach Chuck Martin

  • 06/03/2014 11:33 am in

Indiana’s search for an assistant coach to fill the position vacated by Kenny Johnson appears to be over.

According to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports, the program will hire former Marist coach Chuck Martin to replace Johnson.

Martin, a native of the Bronx, was the head coach at Marist from 2008 to 2013 and was also an assistant coach at Manhattan, Drexel, Massachusetts, St. John’s and Memphis, where he worked under John Calipari from 2006 to 2008.

Since his departure from Marist, Martin worked in the scouting department for the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to this story in The Poughkeepsie Journal.

In five seasons at Marist, Martin, 44, compiled a record of 41-117.

According to his bio on the official Memphis basketball site:

Martin attended Champlain (Vt.) Junior College, where he captained a pair of NJCAA tournament teams, before completing his career at Monmouth University. At Monmouth, Martin played the point guard position and averaged 7.1 points and 2.0 assists for his career. Martin is a 1993 graduate of Monmouth with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.

Also of note from his bio on the Memphis site are Martin’s strong ties to the east coast:

Before he started his career in college coaching, Martin established strong relationships on the East Coast with several of the top high schools, prep schools and AAU coaches as the camp director for the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp.

The Bronx native has close ties to the New York City basketball community, working as an assistant coach at national-powers St. Raymond’s and LaSalle Academy. Martin was an assistant at LaSalle from 1993-95, when he worked with former St. John’s standout Ron Artest, as well as future NBA player Shamgod Wells. While coaching at St. Raymond’s, Martin tutored former NBA center Ernest Brown and All-America and Virginia standout Majestic Mapp.

We’ll have more on this story as it becomes available.

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  • AZIU71

    Crean definitely wants someone to keep the east coast connection going. Maybe CTC or Buckley will focus on Indiana. Initially sounds like should be a good hire as long as he wasn’t involved in the Derrick Rose/Memphis debacle.

  • Gregory Spera

    Heaven forbid “dough goat” should catch on as a popular pejorative. Best to nip this in the bud, now.

  • Rie

    There was also the issue with Rose’s brother receiving funds to reimburse traveling expenses.

  • I was REALLY hoping We would make a run to bring Ed Schilling back to Indiana. That dude would definitely impact our in state recruiting positively. Maybe McClain or Buckley can nab a head job and we can go after Schilling.

  • Alford Bailey

    Yes, you are overreacting. More UK and Cal hate or shall we call it jealousy by IU fans. IU has been in more trouble in the last 10 years than Cal or UK has. Time for us IU fans to get over our infatuation with the coach down south, embrace Martin and hope to HECK he learned a little something from Cal. BTW, Call and Crean are pretty good friends and I’m sure have talked about Martin’s coaching and recruiting abilities. Cal is probably a big reason why this dude got the job.

  • Rie

    I have given off no jealousy or hate towards Cal and am not sure where you are seeing this. My point was more so related to Sampson, in that he had previous violations and shady things going on, but we still hired him. I would have said the same thing if they mentioned he was assistant under Bruce Pearl, Scott Drew, and so on. I am not a hater, but I also do not bury my head in the sand.

    Either way, as admitted, it is most likely an overreaction, but the taste is still odd.

  • TedHightowerSucks

    Not an overreaction as Memphis had to forfeit their Final Four due to infractions. Valid concern, but I’m not worried about it b/c he wasn’t directly tied to the issue. Could be a red flag though, but remember: Get fired for anything EXCEPT losing and you’ll get another job in college basketball (probably a promotion). Ask our friend Kelvin

  • JBishop0425

    All I have to say is welcome to Indiana. Tom Crean finds good recruiters and I believe he has found someone who will do a good job.

  • Outoftheloop

    Why would it?

  • hoosier1158

    I doubt it there are many IU fans that are jealous of UK or their coach that refuses to play in Bloomington.

  • hoosier1158

    Of course none of the coaching staff was aware of that issue.

  • Outoftheloop

    Let’s see: Gary did not want to be second fiddle to Yogi; Branden and Mitch did not want to be second fiddle to Cody ; IU took Devin over Zak; Glenn was never an IU option. There is no automatic recruit.

  • GoBigRed4Life

    wah wah wah, get over it!

  • ronb

    Thanks, us old guys have feelings too. Some, not all, of the Indiana recruiting becomes an issue because kids now days think they should start as Freshman and when they see IU’s roster is full of players who would be starters ahead of them they don’t want to wait or work hard enough to earn playing time.
    Dawson and Robinson were 6’6″ small forwards and IU had a whole roster of players like them. McGary would have been behind Cody and Yogi signed before Harris made up his mind and the 2012 team had other good guards. It is not like the old days where kids just go to an in state school because of loyalty to their state. They go where they see a path for PT right away. Also, this is not a new issue since Coach Crean took over. Go back 20 years and 14 of the last 20 Indiana Mr. Basketball Players left the state and Purdue got none. Knight got 2 but one left after 2 years (Recker), Davis 2, Sampson 1 and Crean 2.

  • Ole Man

    Cal and Tom aren’t swapping Xmas cards anymore–as I understand it…LOL!

  • ronb

    Cal sure is the best one and done recruiter in College Basketball and he has the best Pre-NBA farm team at Kentucky. I don’t however think those are good things for College Basketball. If all you want to do is win games and your OK with your kids leaving school with no education then KY and their Coach are great. I do not hate Coach Cal because he is taking advantage of the system but what I do hate is the system that allows this to happen to kids. It was nice to see UConn win it all with 3 seniors and 2 juniors starting or Florida beating KY 3 times last year with 3 senior starters. It is nice to know that some Coaches still care about seeing their kids get a diploma. IU has a one and done in Noah and it is great that he won’t have to worry about money for a while but he is so young. I don’t hate the players either millions of dollars is hard to pass up but this in not what College Sports should be about for these young men. It is screwed up and I don’t know how to fix it all I know is that it needs fixed.
    Maybe the General is right we should fire everyone connected with the NCAA and start over with Former Coaches, AD’S, Players, Refs and Basketball People and rewrite the rules and regulations so everyone can understand what they mean and make them to protect the kids and their education and NOT the NBA. Don’t get me wrong Alford your fine.
    This rant is about the game I love! I played and Coached this game for over 50 years and I just hate what it has become. I pray that someday the guys making all the decisions will see the light.

  • Alford Bailey

    I agree 100% with what the game has become.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    A great bench coach would be nice

  • HoosierGrampy

    Twin sons of different mothers with Kentucky ancestors???

  • HoosierGrampy

    Sounds like the exact diet ol’ “Dinner Bell” Mel Turpin followed when he played at UK in the 80s.

  • HoosierGrampy

    There was ONLY one hot chick in my high school. The story ended well for me…she probably could have done better, but like Mellencamp, she was born in a small town.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Especially since I recall reading somewhere that we already have a “great x’s and o’s coach”…unfortunately, I don’t seem to be able to recall his name. (LOL)

  • Born&Bred2BleedHoosierCrimson

    Bet you didn’t expect that many up votes haha.

  • Bled4IU

    Yes, you are overreacting.

  • PocketHoosier

    I think I registered as “HooserFromThePocket” a while back, but I think I only made 1 or 2 comments with it.

    Why do you ask?

  • marcusgresham

    Hell, he rode the team plane

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Besides, I think the kids we have are good kids and players. Yeah, we may have some bonehead choices like thinking we can get into bars on fake IDs, but it is college and college kids make college kid level decisions from time to time.

    Now I think Gary Harris didn’t want to play second fiddle to VO – which at the time most didn’t think he would be a Pro after his Junior year.

    Honestly, I’d pick:

    VO over Gary Harris (even back then)
    CZ over Branden & Mitch
    and even DD over Zak —- I think before everything is over DD will develop into a really good player

    And no, GRIII was NEVER going to attend IU, so bygones.

  • That he’s obviously an excellent coach. From what I understand Crean is an excellent recruiter. IMO he needs someone who can help with the X and O not another cool guy recruiter.

  • calbert40

    Dawson, McGary and GRob3 were all “region” players, and we have never recruited that area well at all regardless of who the coach was. I never thought we had a ton of interest in Irvin, tbh…and I don’t think he is that great anyway. Harris is the only one that hurt to miss, but I think we were a long shot with him considering his family ties to PU and the friendly rivalry with Yogi.

  • calbert40

    I’m not concerned by it. He wasn’t named as part of the infraction, and since the NCAA did sanction the program during that time, you know that everyone involved in the program was thoroughly probed and prodded. They must have found that he was clean, or they would have named him as part of the problem.

    Similar to how Dakich wasn’t named in the Sampson stuff.

  • hagster

    All we need to recruit is Indiana
    ill. and ohio

  • CreanFaithful

    OK

  • Outoftheloop

    So do I!

  • marcusgresham

    My guess would be Dakich was kept in the dark for fear he’d have turned Sampson in

  • Outoftheloop

    This has been a great off-season! IU needed size and got a talented 7 footer and a 6’9 (and growing) kid who can shoot the three! They are freshmen so no one is “sure” what they can do. Now we have hired an assistant coach whom Coach Crean likes and respects who has college and NBA experience. So what is your complaint ?

  • Outoftheloop

    Wow, Indiana HS basketball has been discovered! This is a “News Flash” from 1970! There are 10-50 promising prospects every year , none of whom are “guaranteed” for Indiana. All of whom are well researched and most of whom are recruited by Coach Crean. IU is not entitled to them. Each kid gets to make his own decision as does Coach Crean.

  • Outoftheloop

    Exactly whom are we talking about? As an example, Dawson at MSU has great talent, but he has been very inconsistent. In my opinion he has not “led” MSU to any big victory. Next year without Payne, Harris and Appling he will have to. I don’t think he will. McGary at MI would never have played ahead of Cody. Robinson at MI was never the leader of his MI teams, Burke and Stauskaus were. Only Teague at KY really played great for a great team consistently.

  • Outoftheloop

    This is not a “we”, IU, hire. It is a Coach Crean hire. So far on ethics and character he is 100%.

  • Outoftheloop

    Wrong! Stripped of TWO Final Fours is much “more” trouble!

  • marcusgresham

    No one in particular, really. If anything I’m thinking historically—Chris Gardner at Arizona, Eric Montross at UNC, Oden, Conley, Thomas, etc, at Ohio St., Walter McCarty and Marquis Teague at UK, Pete Trgovic at UCLA, Oscar Robertson at Cincinnati, Clyde Lovellette at Kansas (no, I’m not old enough to remember the last two playing, but it still sucks to read about them knowing they were native Hoosiers.)

  • Rie

    Very good point.

  • calbert40

    Quite possible.

  • PocketHoosier

    I’m anxious to see if adding Chuck Martin to the recruiting staff shifts the near future recruiting landscape up any.

    Will his “East Coast” and “New York” connections get him any purchase with someone like Cheick Diallo or Thomas Bryant? Only time will be able to tell, but I’m excited to see the first big time Hoosiers recruit that is landed because of Martin’s involvement and whether that recruit comes from existing relationships or connections yet to be developed.

  • Outoftheloop

    Who is Ed Schilling?

  • CreanFaithful

    Park Tutor’s head coach. You know, a guy with Indiana high school basketball coaching experience. Who wants a guy with college coaching experience (both assistant and head coach) and NBA scouting experience, with east coast pull??? LOL

  • Outoftheloop

    Trgovich’s teammates were good too: Junior Bridgeman (Louisville Champs), and Tim Stoddard (NC St Champs).

  • He was the head coach at Indy Park Tudor and was hired by UCLA last year.

  • TedHightowerSucks

    Mainly the fact that it was too long, we lost one of our best recruiters to L’ville, and we missed out on some solid recruits

  • IUMIKE1

    I don’t like for it to seem like I’m showing signs of jealousy when it comes to pUKe either…… but the hate thing… I’ll claim all day long…and proudly. JMO LOL

  • IUMIKE1

    I”m pretty sure he worked in and had connections in the NBA for a while as well.