NOTE: Martin and Hill will be introduced at a press conference in the Legend’s Room of Bramlage Coliseum on Monday, April 9, at 11 a.m. The event is closed to the general public.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Frank Martin, one of the nation’s most successful assistant coaches and a member of Kansas State’s men’s basketball staff during the 2006-07 season, has been promoted and will become the school’s 22nd head men’s basketball coach, athletics director Tim Weiser announced Friday afternoon.
In addition, Weiser announced that assistant coach Dalonte Hill (pronounced Duh-LON-tay) will remain with the staff and will be promoted to associate head coach.
“We feel Frank was an integral part of the growth and success of Kansas State basketball this past season and deserves the opportunity to lead this program and continue to build on the foundation that has been established,” Weiser said. “One of the important factors in our decision to promote Frank was a desire to maintain the continuity of the current program and provide a stable environment for our student-athletes. Frank was a valuable member of a team that achieved some remarkable milestones this past year and we believe he will continue to move this program forward.”
University president Dr. Jon Wefald echoed Weiser’s sentiments regarding Martin and acknowledged his contributions to the program since arriving at Kansas State.
“The course we charted a year ago resulted in some wonderful accomplishments,” Wefald said. “Frank has played an invaluable role in the turnaround of Kansas State basketball. I have the utmost confidence in Frank’s ability to lead this program while continuing to attract high-caliber student-athletes who can compete for championships in the Big 12 Conference.”
Martin, who is on the road recruiting with Hill, will be introduced as the Wildcats’ new head coach at a press conference in the Legend’s Room of Bramlage Coliseum on Monday, April 9, at 11 a.m. The event is closed to the general public.
“I’m elated,” said Martin. “I’ve worked 22 years with the dream of one day earning this type of opportunity and I’m indebted to this university for believing in me. Kansas State is a special place and we are proud of what we started here. It’s been proven in a short period of time that Kansas State can be very successful in men’s basketball and we fully intend to continue moving in that direction.”
And according the Martin, continuing to move in a positive direction included the retention of Hill on the Wildcat coaching staff.
“When Dalonte was introduced here a year ago it was as one of the top up-and-coming assistants in the country,” Martin said. “He’s proved his worth as a basketball coach with the job he did in preparing our team for games this year. It makes my job a lot easier when you have a class person like Dalonte Hill working with you.”
Contract details for both Martin and Hill were not provided but would be made available at a later date, according to Weiser.
A veteran coach with over 22 years of experience, Martin helped guide Kansas State to a 23-12 record in 2006-07. K-State’s 23 wins were its most wins since tallying 25 during the 1987-88 season, while the 21 wins prior to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship were the most in the regular season since the 1981-82 squad also collected 21 en route to the advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats posted 10 conference wins for the first time in the Big 12 era and for the first time since the Mitch Richmond-led ‘Cats earned 11 Big Eight wins in 1987-88.
The 2006-07 season also saw Kansas State break an eight-year postseason drought with its invitation to the MasterCard NIT as the Wildcats earned their first postseason win in nearly 13 years with a 59-57 first-round victory over Vermont.
Under Martin’s tutelage, two Wildcats earned all-conference honors following the 2006-07 season. Senior Cartier Martin and junior David Hoskins were both named second All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches, with Martin also earning the league’s inaugural Sixth Man Award.
Martin joined the Kansas State staff on April 5, 2006, after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Cincinnati, first for Bob Huggins in 2004-05 and then for Andy Kennedy in 2005-06. He helped guide the Bearcats to a 46-21 (.686) overall record and back-to-back postseason appearances from 2004-06, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2005. Among Martin’s duties with the program was the daily development of the program’s big men.
Before joining Huggins’ staff at Cincinnati in 2004, Martin spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Northeastern from 2000 to 2004, where he earned much acclaim for his abilities as a recruiter. After back-to-back sub par seasons, he helped the Huskies post their first winning season in eight years in 2002-03 with a 16-15 overall record and a win over crosstown rival and NIT participant Boston College. The following year, the team collected the school’s best record in 11 seasons with a 19-11 overall record and a third-place finish in the America East Conference with a 13-5 mark. The 19 wins were the most by the school since the 1992-93 season, while the 13 league wins were the most since the 1986-87 season.
The program’s recruiting coordinator from 2002 to 2004, Martin helped form the basis of a Northeastern program that posted 39 wins over the past two seasons, including the school’s first 20-win season since 1992-93 and first-ever bid to the Postseason NIT during the 2004-05 season.
Martin helped coach eight all-conference players at Northeastern, including first team All-America East Conference selection Jose Juan Barea in 2004. Barea became the Husky player since 1989-90 to earn first team all-league honors. This past year, Barea was named an honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press, the Mid-Major Player of the Year by Collegeinsider.com and Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year. Martin also coached three players on the league’s all-rookie team.
Prior to entering the college ranks in 2000, Martin spent 15 years in the high school coaching ranks in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was a part of five state championships as an assistant at powerhouse Miami Senior High School from 1985-93 before collecting three titles as the Stingarees’ head coach from 1995-99. In addition, Martin served two seasons as the coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000).
Before leaving for Northeastern, Martin became head coach at the newly-created Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Fla., in 1999 and his efforts enabled the first-year high school to garner Nike Elite honors, one of only 15 schools in the nation to earn that honor that season.
Martin returned to Miami Senior High School as head varsity coach in 1995 after longtime coach Marcos Rodriguez left to take the head coaching position at Florida International. During his three-year stint with the Stingarees, he posted a stellar 102-10 (.911) overall record and captured three consecutive Florida 6A State Championships (1996, 1997, 1998). Martin’s last two squads compiled impressive 36-1 records and finished among the nation’s top 5 in the USA Today Top 25 poll, including a program-best No. 2 following the 1997-98 season. He helped develop 14 players who went on to play in the NCAA Division I ranks, including present NBA players Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat) and Steve Blake (Portland Trailblazers). When he left in 1999, Miami was one of only 12 Nike Elite High School programs.
Martin launched his career as a varsity head coach in 1993 when he took over at North Miami Senior High School. He earned 20 wins in his first season as head coach, which was the school’s first 20-win season in 22 years. During his two-year tenure with the Pioneers, Martin posted a 39-16 (.709) overall record, which represented the most wins in a two-year period in school history in 35 seasons.
Martin began his coaching career at Miami Senior High School in 1985, where he served as the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach. During his eight-year stint with the Stingarees, he compiled a 140-30 (.824) overall record as the head junior varsity coach and guided the program to the city championship in six of his eight seasons. In the process, he also helped the varsity program achieve impressive heights while assisting legendary head coach Marcos Rodriguez. Martin helped guide the Stingarees to five Florida 4A State Championships (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993) and an impressive 273-19 (.935) overall record. The team finished among the nation’s top 10 in the USA Today Top 25 poll on six occasions during his tenure, including a program-best No. 2 following the 1988-89 season.
Martin has served as an instructor at several of the nation’s exclusive summer basketball camps. He served as the head coach in the PAC-10 division at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis, Ind., from 1997 to 1999. In the summer of 1998, Martin was an NBA coach at the Five-Star Basketball Camp during the elite week of action in Pittsburgh, Pa. He also tutored future NBA stars Tracy McGrady and Stromile Swift while at the ABCD All-American Basketball Camp in Teaneck, N.J., in 1996.
A native of Miami, Fla., Martin, 41, earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Florida International in 1993. He and his wife, Anya, have a son, Brandon (7), and a daughter, Amalia (2).
Hill joined the Kansas State staff on April 5, 2006 after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Charlotte, under Bobby Lutz. He helped guide the 49ers to a 61-30 (.760) overall record and three consecutive postseason appearances from 2003-06, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005). Hill also helped the program to a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular season title as well as runner-up finishes in C-USA in 2005 and the Atlantic 10 this past season.
In his first season in 2003-04, Charlotte posted just its third-ever 20-win season and earned a share of the Conference USA regular season title with a 21-9 overall record. The 49ers advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the first round to Big 12 member Texas Tech, 76-73. The squad also claimed victories over three top-10 opponents during the season, including 2004 NCAA champion and No. 7 Syracuse and No. 8 Cincinnati coached by current Wildcat mentor Bob Huggins.
The following season, Charlotte again advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to N.C. State, 75-63, to cap its second consecutive 20-win campaign. The 49ers ranked as high as No. 18 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll during the 2004-05 season, as they registered a 21-8 overall record and a second-place finish in Conference USA with a 12-4 mark.
Hill helped the program continue its success in a new conference, as Charlotte entered the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06. The 49ers posted a 19-13 overall record and a second-place finish in the A-10 with an 11-5 mark. The program once again advanced to the postseason where they went 1-1 in the Postseason NIT. The team upended Georgia Southern, 77-61, before losing in the second round to Cincinnati, 86-80.
During his tenure, Hill helped coach two All-Americans, one conference Player of the Year and seven all-conference players at Charlotte. A pair of 49ers earned All-America distinction in 2005 as Eddie Basden and Curtis Withers were named to SI.com’s third team and honorable mention lists. Withers was also named to Basketball Times’ All-America third team in 2004. A two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year, Basden was selected as the 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year as well as the national Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Among the seven all-conference players Hill helped coach at Charlotte were six first team selections, including three-time honoree Curtis Withers. Withers earned first team all-conference honors twice in Conference USA (2004, 2005) and once in the Atlantic 10 (2006). Withers was among a league-high three players who earned first team All-Conference USA honors in 2005, along with Eddie Basden and Quemont Greer. In 2005-06, Withers joined De’Angelo Alexander on the Atlantic 10 first team.
Prior to joining the college ranks, Hill served two years as the head coach of the AAU’s DC Assault.
A three-year letterman at Charlotte from 1997-2000, Hill played on three postseason squads for the 49ers under head coaches Melvin Watkins and Bobby Lutz. As a true freshman in 1997-98, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 games with one start for the 49ers in helping the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 20-11 overall record. As a sophomore, the team captured the 1999 Conference USA Tournament Championship and once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round with a 23-11 record. During the 1999-2000 season, Hill averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23 games with 11 starts in helping Charlotte earn a Postseason NIT bid with a 17-16 record.
Hill transferred to Bowie State, a Division II school in Bowie, Md., for his senior season where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in helping the Bulldogs to a 19-9 record. He returned to Charlotte following the season to complete his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2001.
A native of Washington, D.C., Hill, 27, has two daughters, Danae (5) and Dakotah, who was born in October 2006.
Courtesy: Kansas State University