UMass to name Frank Martin men’s basketball coach

  • Then South Carolina coach Frank Martin in 2020. Martin is expected to be named the new men’s basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts. AP

Staff Writer
Published: 3/25/2022 12:46:14 PM
Modified: 3/25/2022 12:45:21 PM

AMHERST — The search is over. UMass filled its open men’s basketball coaching job with former South Carolina coach Frank Martin on Friday, according to multiple reports.

Former UMass guard Carmelo Travieso tweeted, “I leaked it 1st @coachFMartin welcome to Amherst” shortly after 9 a.m.

Martin himself tweeted two eye emojis, typically signaling big news ahead, around 9:40 a.m.

ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported that the school finalized an agreement with Martin and that he was expected be the next coach. Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, who has been hosting a late-night NCAA basketball podcast with Martin and others called “after dark” tweeted that “barring a last-minute collapse in negotiations, Anya Martin will be going home to UMass.”

Anya Martin, Frank’s wife, (then Anya Forrest) ran track for UMass in the mid-1990s and won Atlantic 10 championships. Goodman added “The A-10 has clearly gotten better with the additions of Archie Miller at URI and Frank Martin at UMass.”

Frank Martin, 56, is succeeding Matt McCall, who was informed he wasn’t returning for next season on March 1 but finished the season out, leading UMass to three wins in its final four games and an A-10 quarterfinal berth.

Martin, a Florida International grad and the son of Cuban immigrants, has been a head coach since 2007. He’s amassed a 288–201 record at South Carolina and Kansas State. South Carolina let him go March 14, and he has been a part of CBS’ March Madness broadcasts and covering the tournament for TV since. His 10 years leading the Gamecocks included one NCAA tournament berth, but they went to the 2017 Final Four.

He won the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2010 at Kansas State and led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament four times in five years.

Martin previously spent time as an assistant at Northeastern and Cincinnati in the early 2000s.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.

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