Doug Martin begins his third season at the helm of the NM State football program in 2015. The Aggies joined the Sun Belt Conference for the 2014 season after playing as an independent team during Martin’s inaugural season at NM State.
Martin was officially announced as the Aggies’ 34th head football coach on Feb. 1, 2013, after the departure of former head coach DeWayne Walker to the NFL. Martin was no stranger to the NM State program as he was the Aggie offensive coordinator under Walker in 2011.
NM State went 2-10 for the second year in a row in 2014. During Martin’s second year, the Aggies began the season 2-0 for the first time since 1999. After topping Cal Poly in a 28-10 victory, NM State defeated Georgia State, 34-31, in its first Sun Belt Conference game.
The Aggies also faced I-10 rival UTEP, Rio Grande rival New Mexico and No. 17 LSU in 2014. Under Martin’s tutelage, Larry Rose III became the first freshman to rush for over 100 yards against LSU since 2011. Later in the season, Rose III rushed for 229 yards against UL-Monroe to become the first NM State player to rush for over 200 yards since 2003 when Eric Higgins ran for 218 yards. This feat ranked Rose III as No. 7 all-time for single game performances.
With Martin guiding him, Rose III amassed 1,102 yards over the season to become the first 1,000 yard rusher since Kenny Turner in 2011. This was also the first time a freshman rushed for over 1,000 yards since Denvis Manns in 1995.
As a team, the Aggies averaged 420.9 yards of total offense per game after amassing 2,252 rushing yards and 2,899 receiving yards through 12 games. Defensively, NM State had two players amass triple-digit tackling on the season as Rodney Butler racked up 119 tackles and Derek Ibekwe accumulated 102 tackles. In addition, 21 student-athletes garnered double-digit tackles on the season. In all, the defense had 1,028 tackles, fivesacks, 11 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries.
NM State went 2-10 in 2013 during Martin’s first season as head coach after playing one of the toughest schedules in the school’s history. The Aggies faced five teams that had participated in a bowl game the previous season while also playing two teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation.
NM State kicked off the 2013 season with a trip to Austin, Texas, to face the 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns and also made a trip to Los Angeles during the season to play No. 13 UCLA. The Aggies’ home schedule included games versus Minnesota, which was the first school out of the Big Ten to play at Aggie Memorial Stadium, and Boston College, which was the first school out of the Atlantic Coast Conference to make a trip to Las Cruces.
The Aggies averaged 20.9 points per game and 382.2 yards per game in 2013, including 141.8 yards per game on the ground and 240.5 yards per game through the air. The team had a season-high 224 yards rushing against Abilene Christian on Oct. 26 and a season-high 380 yards passing and receiving versus Boston College on Nov. 9.
Martin’s influence and system began to take shape during the final five games of the season as NM State went 2-3 in those games and had fourth-quarter chances for a win in two of the three losses.
Martin would start making an impact on the squad as soon as he accepted the head coaching position. Before the season began, the Aggies had four players placed on six different preseason watch lists, the most for any NM State football team in the school’s history. NM State also had 12 players honored on the College Sports Madness Independent Preseason All-Conference team and 11 players on the Phil Steele College Football Preview All-Independent team.
During the season, senior safety Davis Cazares was nominated as a Bulsworth Trophy finalist, honoring the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on. Linebacker Clint Barnard would be named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII first team. The Aggies would also pick up three FBS Independent Player of the Week nods in 2013 under Martin, Cazares and Barnard on the defensive side and punter Cayle Chapman-Brown on special teams.
At the conclusion of the 2013 season, NM State would place five players on the All-Independent Football team including Cazares, Trashaun Nixon, Austin Franklin, Andy Cunningham and Davonte Wallace.
In 2012, Martin left his offensive coordinator position at NM State to take the same position for Boston College out of the ACC. The Eagles ranked 47th in the nation in passing offense, as Martin guided wide receiver Alex Amidon and offensive tackle Emmett Cleary to All-ACC honors. Amidon finished the season ranked 11th among all receivers in the country in receiving yards per game (100.8). He ranked second among all ACC receivers in both receptions per game (6.5) and receiving yards per game.
As the offensive coordinator for the Aggies in 2011, Martin helped NM State rank 47th in the country in total offense and 26th in passing offense. He helped guide the Aggies to a win over Minnesota, the program’s first win against a team from the Big Ten. Under Martin, the Aggies had three All-WAC selections in wide receiver Taveon Rogers, offensive tackle Davonte Wallace and running back Kenny Turner. Quarterback Matt Christian led the Aggies with 2,158 yards passing and 15 touchdowns in 2011.
With seven seasons under his belt as the head coach at Kent State University and eight as the offensive coordinator, Martin was instrumental in building a true football program at the university. A total of 20 Golden Flashes earned All-Mid-American Conference accolades from 2007-10, including Eugene Jarvis, who was atop the active Football Bowl Subdivision running backs list with 3,722 career yards on the ground, and Brian Lainhart, whose 17 career interceptions was also tops among active FBS players.
In 2010, Roosevelt Nix was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year under Martin’s watch. Also under Martin, four players were selected in the NFL draft including Jameson Konz (2010 - 7th round, Seattle Seahawks), Usama Young (2007 - 3rd round, New Orleans Saints), Jack Williams (2008 - 4th round, Denver Broncos) and Julian Edelman (2009 - 7th round, New England Patriots), with Young becoming the sixth-highest pick in the history of the program.
Over the past four years, Martin’s offense at Kent State recorded a remarkable 16,907 yards of total offense, averaging 422.6 yards per game during that spanned including 26.3 points a game.
In December of 2006, Martin signed a four-year extension that kept him in Blue and Gold through 2010. The extension rewarded a 2006 campaign that saw Kent State pull off the fourth-largest turnaround in the nation, improving by five wins over the previous year’s total.
Included in the performance was a five-game winning streak, including four straight MAC victories - the Flashes’ longest conference streak ever. Furthermore, the nation’s 25th-ranked team in total defense in 2006, limited Miami and Bowling Green to a combined 17 points as Kent State won road games against the RedHawks and Falcons in the same season for the first time since 1972. Kent State saw five players earn All-MAC accolades.
In addition to his head coaching duties, Martin also served as quarterbacks’ coach and was the offensive coordinator for all but the 2009 season.
Martin is widely regarded as one of the nation’s premier quarterback mentors. His list of protégés includes three-time All-Conference USA selection and current NFL passer David Garrard, record-setting CFL quarterback Marcus Crandell and other pros Richard Alston and Joshua Cribbs, who both played quarterback in college under Martin before switching positions in the NFL.
In 2005, Martin’s spread passing attack posted the third-highest yardage total in school history while the team’s 15 touchdown passes were the sixth most in a single year at Kent State. The Flashes also reached the 30-point mark three times in 2005, running the total number of games with at least that many points to 16 since 2003.
In Martin’s first season, the Golden Flashes posted a 5-6 overall record, winning their final four games for the program’s longest winning streak since 1976. The team also finished in fourth place in the MAC East Division with a 4-4 mark while producing three All-MAC players and two honorable mention All-Americans.
Martin also handled the offensive play-calling duties and the unit responded to his coaching, scoring 335 points and racking up 4,168 yards, the second- and third-highest totals, respectively, in school history.
Under his guidance, the Flashes averaged 30.5 points per game, just the third time in school history a team averaged 30 or more points. The team also set a single-game scoring mark in its 69-17 win over Eastern Michigan Nov. 13. Four times in 2004 the Flashes totaled more than 400 yards on offense, including two games over 500.
Additionally, in two years tutoring All-MAC quarterback Joshua Cribbs, Martin saw Cribbs develop into one of the top dual threats in the country. Always a talented runner, Cribbs finished his career as the owner of KSU career records for total offense, passing yardage, touchdowns, points and completions. He also ranked fourth nationally in total offense and completed a school-record 64.5 percent of his passes. As a team, the Flashes had a completion rate of 62.8 percent, also a school record.
While his spread offensive style is his calling card, Martin revamped his defensive coaching staff and saw that unit go from ranking 12th of 14 teams in the MAC in total defense in 2003 to first in the league in 2004. It marked the first time since 1987 that the team led the MAC in total defense and just the second time since joining the conference in 1951. Kent State also ranked 15th nationally in total defense.
Martin was named the school’s 19th head coach on March 1, 2004, replacing Dean Pees. Martin joined the Kent State staff in January 2003 as offensive coordinator. After just one year on the staff, Martin made an instant impact on the Golden Flashes’ offense. In its first season under Martin’s system, Kent State averaged 26.8 points per game, the second-highest in the last 30 years, and scored 30-or-more points in each of the final six games and did so in a school-record eight games overall.
From 2002-04 Martin’s teams averaged nearly 30 points per game and posted the highest offensive totals in back-to-back years in school history. From 2002-03 alone, scoring offense increased by 10 points, touchdowns grew from 24 to 40, total offense was up by more than 40 yards per game and passing yardage increased by nearly 100 yards per game.
In 2004, that trend continued as the Flashes’ increased their scoring, touchdowns, passing yards and total yards per game.
Martin arrived at Kent State following 11 seasons at East Carolina University, the last seven of which he was in charge of the team’s offense. He was at ECU for all of Steve Logan’s tenure there, serving as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator for two seasons (1992-93), then another two years as wide receivers coach (1994-95) before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 1996.
At East Carolina, Martin played a significant role in the development of quarterback David Garrard, who broke 28 school passing records and total offensive records from 1998-01. In addition, Martin coached the top three receivers in ECU history. During Martin’s time at ECU, the team advanced to five bowl games; the Liberty Bowl in 1994 and 1995, the GMAC (formerly Mobile Alabama) Bowl in 1999 and 2001 and the galleryfurniture.com Bowl in 2000.
Prior to joining the staff at East Carolina, Martin was a graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky, his alma mater, from 1986-87 and then spent the 1988-91 seasons at East Tennessee State University, where he coached the running backs his first year, then served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach his final three seasons.
Martin was a four-year letterwinner at Kentucky from 1981-84, spending time as a part-time starter at quarterback before injuries limited him to the holder role. A native of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Kentucky in 1985.
Martin and his wife Vicki have a daughter, Molly, and two sons, Cory and Bobby.