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In his career, Chuck Martin has more than 20 years in college coaching experience, including 10 years as a head coach. He has twice been named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Coach of the Year, earning the honor in 2005 and 2006, and has coached in seven national championship games in the past 16 seasons. In addition to his head coaching experience, Martin has served as a coordinator on both sides of the ball. Of those seven national championship game appearances, he has been a part of four national championship wins, with two titles under his direction as head coach/offensive coordinator and one as a defensive coordinator.
The one thing missing from Martin’s resume, was a program builder. Martin may have answered that question. Martin, who was named the 36th head football coach in Miami history on Dec. 3, 2013, had his hands full when he took over the helm of the RedHawks program.
Miami had just gone 0-12 the year prior to Martin’s arrival and many believed the roster was one of the worst in the Mid-American Conference. In three years, Martin’s vision of returning Miami football to greatness is in full swing and many believe the RedHawks have already arrived.
While rebuilding the roster from the ground up, Miami took its lumps in 2014 and 2015, going just 2-10 and 3-9. 2016 did not start out much better as Miami lost its first six games of the season, but that is when things changed.
Martin would orchestrate something that had never been done in college football. Miami rattled off six straight wins to become the first team in college football history to begin a season 0-6 and finish 6-6. The six-game win streak also moved Miami to 6-2 in the MAC, finishing in a tie for first in the East and helped the RedHawks advance to the St. Petersburg Bowl versus Mississippi State, Miami’s first bowl appearance since 2010.
The Miami rebuild would be complete, adding another highlight to Martin’s resume.
Prior to joining Miami, Martin spent four seasons at Notre Dame, serving as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (2012-13) and defensive backs/recruiting coordinator (2010-11). In 2012, he orchestrated an offense that played in the BCS National Championship game versus Alabama. In 2011, he was named one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by ESPN.com and was named to Rivals.com’s Second-Team Assistant Coach Dream Team.
In Martin’s two years calling plays, Notre Dame combined to go 20-5 overall and was one of the most balanced offenses in the country, averaging 26.4 points, 170.0 rushing and 235.6 passing per game.
Prior to arriving in South Bend, Martin was head coach and offensive coordinator for Grand Valley State University from 2004-2009 and compiled a 74-7 (.914) record, including an impressive 16-4 record in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. He and the Lakers won back-to-back national championships in 2005 and 2006 and finished runner-up in 2009. He directed Grand Valley State to 48 consecutive regular-season victories and 45 straight wins in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). He also guided the Lakers to a Division II record 40-game winning streak from 2005-07. Martin produced seven Associated Press First-Team All-America players as head coach.
At GVSU, Martin’s offenses averaged 35.1 points, 208 rushing and 427 total yards per game. The Lakers ranked among the top-25 nationally in total offense in five of six seasons and ranked in the top-27 in scoring offense in all but one season. In that time, his offense scored at least 30 points in 56 of 81 games and scored at least 40 points in 34 contests.
Many of those offenses were led by quarterbacks who were developed under Martin. In six years, GVSU produced four Harlon Hill finalists, given annually to the NCAA Division II Player of the Year (Cullen Finnerty in 2006 and Brad Iciek from 2007-09). In that span, Laker quarterbacks threw 184 touchdown passes and just 41 interceptions.
His offenses were not just about the quarterback. In all six seasons, he produced a 1,000-yard rusher. In four of those seasons, a running back finished as a top-10 rusher in Grand Valley State history.
Before becoming head coach, Martin served as the defensive coordinator for the Lakers in 2003, helping GVSU win a national championship. Martin’s defense allowed just nine total points in the final three games of the playoff run and among the ranked top-10 nationally in scoring, rushing and total defense that season.
Martin served as the defensive backs and outside linebackers coach at GVSU from 2000-02. Prior to arriving in Allendale, Mich., Martin spent time at Eastern Michigan (1998-1999, linebackers), Millikin University (1996-97, defensive coordinator/defensive backs), Wittenberg University (1994-95, linebackers) and Mankato State University (1992-93, graduate assistant/linebackers).
While attending Millikin (1986-90), Martin was an All-American safety and was selected as a GTE Academic All-American. He doubled as an All-American place kicker, received Academic All-District honors for the Millikin baseball team and was inducted into the Millikin Hall of Fame in 2008.
He graduated in 1990 with a degree in accounting and earned his master’s degree in physical education from Mankato State University in 1993.
Martin and his wife Dulcie have two children, Max and Emma.
1992-93 Mankato State (Minn.), Graduate Assistant
1994-95 Wittenberg (Ohio), Linebackers
1996-97 Millikin (Ill.), Defensive Coordinator/DBs
1998-99 Eastern Michigan, Linebackers
2000-02 Grand Valley State, DBs/Outside Linebackers
2003 Grand Valley State, Defensive Coordinator/DBs
2004-09 Grand Valley State, Head Coach
2010 Notre Dame, Defensive Backs/Recruiting
2011 Notre Dame, Safeties/Recruiting
2012-13 Notre Dame, Offensive Coordinator/QBs
2013-PR Miami University Head Coach
1995 Wittenberg (Ohio) Division III First Round
2001 Grand Valley State Division II National Finalist
2002 Grand Valley State Division II National Champions
2003 Grand Valley State Division II National Champions
2004 Grand Valley State Division II Regional
2005 Grand Valley State Division II National Champions
2006 Grand Valley State Division II National Champions
2007 Grand Valley State Division II Semifinal
2008 Grand Valley State Division II Regional
2009 Grand Valley State Division II National Finalist
2010 Notre Dame Sun Bowl
2011 Notre Dame Champs Sports Bowl
2012 Notre Dame BCS National Championship Game
2016 St. Petersburg Bowl
What Are They Saying? Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Head Football Coach: "Miami University made an excellent decision to hire Chuck Martin as its head football coach. He is an outstanding coach, and most importantly, a better person. Chuck was a vital part of this program's success over the last four seasons, which included four bowl games and last year's run to the BCS National Championship game. He has provided tremendous leadership within a variety of roles over his career. Chuck has longstanding success as an assistant coach, coordinator and head coach, and will recruit with anyone in the country."
Tim Selgo - GVSU Director of Athletics: "Miami just hired one of the best coaches in the country in naming Chuck Martin their head football coach. He is a outstanding recruiter and he certainly knows how to win football games. There is no question he will raise the energy level in the RedHawks program. I congratulate Miami on a terrific hire!"
Jack Swarbrick - Notre Dame Athletics Director: "Chuck Martin is an excellent choice to lead Miami University's football program and will, I am sure, contribute to the school's storied tradition of coaching excellence. A great football coach with a track record for success, Chuck is also fully committed to the development of the young men he coaches as both students and future leaders. And because he approaches his job that way, Chuck was a great fit at Notre Dame as he will be at Miami."
Rick Willis, Wartburg Director of Athletics: "Chuck Martin is a tremendous football coach and a proven winner. He is equally talented on offense and defense as well as in recruiting and motivating student-athletes. He has made a major impact everywhere he has coached and I am certain he will do the same at Miami."