Huggins completes staff with Erik Martin

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State head men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins completed his coaching staff on Monday, as he announced the hiring of Erik Martin as an assistant coach.  


“Erik brings a wealth of playing experience at nearly every level to our program,” said Huggins.  “He will be able to relate to our players not only from his experience as a player for me at Cincinnati, but also from his time playing in both the CBA and internationally.  He is familiar with the style of play that I want to run here at K-State and what it takes to be a successful player in that style.  He is also a native of California and will be an able to open up another recruiting area for us on the West Coast.”


Martin comes to K-State after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Cincinnati State and Technical College in Cincinnati, Ohio, for head coach Andre Tate from 2004-06.  This past season, he helped the Surge post a 26-9 overall record en route to winning both the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region XII District 7 Tournament titles.  The program advanced to the NJCAA Division II Championship in Danville, Ill., in March where it lost to eventual national runner-up Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College to finish fifth nationally.


Martin helped coach a number of outstanding players at Cincinnati State, including Cincinnati signee John Williamson, who was named a first team NJCAA All-American and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year.  Williamson was one of four players to move on to the Division I level from CSC, including Steve Horton (Ball State), Jarelle Redden (Ball State) and T.K. Washington (Detroit).  In addition, the school produced four all-conference and three all-district honorees.        


Martin jumped into coaching ranks at Jacobs Center High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he served as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach from 2003-04.


Prior to getting into coaching, Martin spent nine years playing professional basketball around the world, including a four-year stint with various franchises in the Continential Basketball Association (CBA) and five years overseas.  He played in the CBA with franchises in Boise, Idaho, LaCrosse, Wis., Omaha, Neb., and Yakima, Wash.  Among the exotic locales he competed internationally include Chinese Taipei, Dominican Republic, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Spain.


In addition to his profession experience, Martin also spent time with the U.S. National Team, helping the squad to a silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina.  The team leader in blocked shots with 10 in seven games, he averaged 7.7 points on 75.8 percent shooting with 3.9 rebounds for the Americans, who lost to host Argentina in the finals.  Martin also assisted the U.S. in winning the gold medal at the 1997 Tournament of the Americas.


“I am really exciting about the opportunity to coach at K-State,” said Martin.  “My goal has been to be a coach at the Division I level and to obviously work for someone like Coach Huggins this is a perfect situation for me.  I have a good idea of his coaching philosophy and how a player can be successful in that system.  I look forward to helping him build this program into a national contender.”


A standout power forward, Martin was a two-year lettermen and one-year starter for head coach Bob Huggins and Cincinnati from 1991-93.  He signed with TCU out of high school and redshirted as a true freshman in 1989-90.  He transferred to Santa Ana (Calif.) Community College for one season before moving to Cincinnati the next two seasons.  He helped guide the Bearcats to a combined 56-10 overall record en route to Final Four and Elite Eight appearances and back-to-back Great Midwest Conference regular-season and tournament championships from 1991-93. 


Playing alongside All-American Herb Jones and future NBA stars Corie Blount and Nick Van Exel, Martin averaged 6.3 points and 4.0 rebounds as a junior in helping Cincinnati to a 29-5 overall record and the 1992 NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis, Minn.  The Bearcats captured both the Great Midwest Conference regular season and tournament titles and knocked off Delaware, Michigan State, Texas-El Paso and Memphis to advance to the school’s first Final Four in more than 30 years.  The team lost to eventual runner-up Michigan, 76-72, in the national semifinals.  


As a senior, Martin again guided Cincinnati to the NCAA Tournament where the fourth-ranked Bearcats lost in overtime to eventual national champion North Carolina in the East Regional Finals.  The team posted their second consecutive 20-win season with a 27-5 overall record and once again won both the Great Midwest Conference regular season and tournament titles. 


The team’s leading rebounder (6.7 rpg.) and second-leading scorer (13.5 ppg.), Martin led the Great Midwest Conference in field goal percentage (60.3) en route to being named to the all-conference second team.  He was a member of the league’s all-tournament squad after guiding Cincinnati to their second straight championship with a combined 36 points and 20 rebounds in just two contests.  Martin continued his stellar performance in the NCAA Tournament, where he was named to the East Regional All-Tournament team after averaging 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 57.4 percent from the floor in the Bearcat’s four NCAA Tournament games. 


In between his stints at Cincinnati, Martin played one season at Santa Ana Community College (formerly Rancho Santiago) in Santa Ana, Calif., from 1990-91.  He guided the Dons to a 35-2 overall record and an 11-1 mark in conference play en route to capturing both the 1991 California Community College and the Orange Empire Conference titles for coach Dana Pagett.  He averaged 22.5 points and 9.7 rebounds and shared team most valuable player honors with future Cincinnati teammate Corie Blount.


Remarkably, Martin still owns numerous Santa Ana College single-season school records, including points (832), field goals made (340), most conference points (300; 12-game schedule) and highest conference scoring average (25.0; 12-game schedule).  Despite playing just one season for the Dons, he still ranks 29th on the school’s career scoring list.  The 1990-91 team also remains the school-record holder in nine single-season categories, including wins (35), longest winning streak (22), points (3564), scoring average (96.3), most 100-point games (16), field goals made (1330) and assists (763).


Martin, 35, earned his associate of arts degree from Santa Ana Community College in 1990 and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cincinnati in 1993.


A native of Covina, Calif., Martin has a daughter, Amiyah (4).


Martin joins fellow assistant coaches Frank Martin (no relation) and Dalonte Hill, director of basketball operations Brad Underwood, video coordinator Andy Assaley and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt on Huggins’ coaching staff.