OXFORD, Ohio — Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin is the new football coach of the Miami RedHawks, Miami confirmed Tuesday.
Martin has also been Notre Dame's quarterbacks coach the past two seasons under head coach Brian Kelly. Martin was head coach at Grand Valley State for six seasons, taking over after Kelly left for Central Michigan. Using Kelly's high-scoring offense, Martin led Grand Valley State to two NCAA Division II championships and won more than 91 percent of his games.
Martin takes over a Miami program in ruins after an 0-12 season, but he preferred to look on the bright side - namely, Miami's academics and rich football history - in comments to Sports Illustrated.
“Just a great opportunity from a head coaching standpoint,” Martin said. “Great school, 'Cradle of Coaches,' Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes. There’s a lot that goes along with it.”
Martin said he did not know if he would stay with Notre Dame for its bowl game or get started right away at Miami. He said he first interviewed with Miami on Sunday, meeting with school officials in Chicago.
Martin followed Kelly to Notre Dame after Kelly left the University of Cincinnati. Martin started at South Bend as the secondary coach.
Martin will be introduced on the Miami campus Wednesday afternoon.
“When I laid out the criteria that Miami was looking for in its next head football coach, it aligns perfectly with Chuck Martin,” Athletic Director David Sayler said. “Coach Martin comes on board with a plan that will succeed here at Miami, while embracing the academic mission of this university at the same time. We are excited to welcome him and his family to Oxford.”
Sayler fired coach Don Treadwell after the RedHawks started 0-5 last season. That came after two 4-8 seasons under the former Miami wide receiver.
Former RedHawks quarterback Mike Bath took over for Treadwell but was unable to pull out a single win.
Miami has had only two winning seasons since 2005. They were 37-74 in that period.
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