Martin Named Naismith Coach Finalist

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State head coach Frank Martin was recently named as one of four finalists for the Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Martin was selected as a finalist along with New Mexico's Steve Alford, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and Kentucky's John Calipari.  The quartet was voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's National Voting Academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country.  The academy based its criteria on coaching performances this season.  The vote was tabulated and certified by the accounting firm of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP, one of the top 50 firms in the U.S.  The winner will be announced in early April.

Martin was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the league coaches, The Associated Press and The Sporting News, while he has been named District Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).  He was selected as one of 15 finalists for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by on March 8.

Martin has guided K-State to a school-record 27-7 overall record, which includes the school's highest-ever seed (No. 2) in the NCAA Tournament.  The Wildcats finished in a tie for second place in Big 12 play with an 11-5 mark and finished as the runner-up at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.  The 27 wins have surpassed the previous school-record of 25 set by the 1950-51 and 1987-88 squads, while the 11 conference victories and second-place finish were the highest of the Big 12 era and the highest since the 1987-88 season.       

Martin has also helped the Wildcats to Top 25 rankings in both major polls for 14 consecutive weeks, including six weeks in a row in the Top 10.  He guided the school to its highest ranking in more than 50 years on March 1 when the squad rose to No. 5 in both major polls.  It is the highest in The Associated Press poll since the Wildcats were ranked third on March 7, 1962, while it was the highest ranking in the Coaches' poll since USA Today took over ownership of the poll in 1993-94.  The Wildcats' 14-week stay in the AP Top 25 is the longest since the 1972-73 squad was ranked for 16 straight weeks, while the 11 weeks in the Top 15 is the longest since the 1961-62 team was ranked among the Top 10 for 15 weeks.

Martin has posted a 70-31 (.693) overall record in three seasons at K-State, including a 30-18 (.625) mark in Big 12 play.  His 70 wins are the most by a K-State coach in his first three seasons, while he is the first to have three consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career.  He has guided the school to five wins over Top 25 teams, including just its third-ever over a No. 1 team and the first since 1994 with its 71-62 win over Texas on Jan. 18.

No. 7/7 K-State will play No. 17/16 BYU (30-5) in the NCAA West Regional Second Round tonight at approximately 7:10 p.m. CT at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.