Martin Hired as Cal HC

Martin Hired as Cal HC

Sources have confirmed a report that Cuonzo Martin has been hired as California's new head coach, replacing Mike Montgomery.

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UPDATE: Since Cuonzo's hiring, both of Cal's signees for the 2014 class have chimed in as to what their intentions are. Idrissa Diallo stated through his coach Will Middlebrooks that he will re-open his recruitment and give the new staff a chance to re-recruit him. It is expected that, if he were to ask, he would be let out of his National Letter of Intent.

What about Travis DeCuire-recruited point guard Ahmaad Rorie? Here's the latest.

Cuonzo has also brought with him 7-foot-1, 225-pound center Kingsley Okoroh, who committed to Tennessee on Monday.


As the California men's basketball players were brought into a meeting this morning, news broke that Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin would take over for Mike Montgomery as the Golden Bears' head coach.

A Cal representative said that an announcement would be forthcoming today, but could neither confirm nor deny reports that Martin had been named as the Bears' new skipper, but BearTerritory confirmed with several sources that he is indeed the next man to hold the clipboard for the Bears, and athletic director Sandy Barbour tweeted this photo confirming the hire.

The 42-year old Martin reportedly agreed to come to Berkeley after spending the past three seasons with the Volunteers, compiling a 63-41 record, an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance this past season and two NIT berths. During his Sweet Sixteen run this past season, Martin guided the Vols to a 24-13 record.

In the weeks since the end of the NCAA Tournament, Martin appeared interested in leaving Knoxville, and was considered a candidate for the Marquette job, but after that job went to Steve Wojciechowski, he publicly stated that he would stay at Tennessee.

Cuonzo's cumulative coaching record is 124-82, and includes a previous stop at Missouri State, where he went 61-41, won one CIT title and made it to the second round of the NIT.

Martin – a former NBA player – attended Purdue from 1991-1995, playing for Gene Keady as a 6-foot-6, 215-pound guard/forward on back-to-back Big Ten Conference titles in 1994 and 1995 and one Elite Eight trip.

After being named First-Team All-Big Ten his senior season (averaging 18.4 points per game), Martin was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft. He played in seven games for the Vancouver Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks. He then played in the CBA for the Grand Rapids Hoops and spent the final two years of his professional career in Italy, playing for Felice Scandone.

Martin's career ended abruptly when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Once the cancer went into remission, he finished his degree at Purdue and moved into the coaching ranks, where Keady hired Martin on as an assistant in 2000.

The East St. Louis-born Martin spent 2000-2008 with the Boilermakers, where he made one Elite Eight appearance and three NCAA second-round appearances, as Purdue went 153-129. He was named Associate Head Coach in his final season with the Boilermakers.

In March of 2008, Martin took the head job at Missouri State, replacing Barry Hinson. He finished his first season with an 11-20 record, before guiding the Missouri State Bears to a 10-0 start in 2009-10, finishing with a 20-12 record and a berth in the CIT, which the Bears won.

Martin's third year at Missouri State saw the Bears win the regular-season Missouri Valley Conference title, and finished with a 26-9 record, garnering Martin the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year award.

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