Frank Martin was named the head men’s basketball coach at the University of South Carolina on March 27, 2012, becoming the 32nd head coach in the history of the South Carolina program, which enters its 109th season as a varsity sport in 2016-17. Martin owned a 187-117 (.600) overall record as a head coach, as he entered his 10th season overall, and a 70-63 (.526) record entering his fifth season at South Carolina.
Since his appointment as head coach in Columbia, Martin, 50, and his wife Anya have become fixtures in the community. He has spoken at numerous events, including Gamecock Club chapter events, numerous community council and rotary club events, coaching clinics, and the Fathers and Families Decades of Dads event, among others. Martin has also been honored with several community awards, including being named a 2016 Fatherhood Champion at the Palmetto State Fatherhood Awards Breakfast and Fundraiser.
The Martin’s have hosted the “B-Ball of the South,” an event in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and the American Cancer Society, benefitting “Coaches vs. Cancer,” during their time at Carolina. For his outstanding efforts for the “Coaches vs. Cancer” initiative, Martin was honored with the 2016 Champion Award from the organization at the 2016 Final Four in Houston.
Martin took on another leadership role within basketball when the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced in September 2016 that Martin would be joining its Board of Directors.
During his first season (2012-13) in Columbia, Martin led his squad to a 14-18 record, which included a 4-14 mark in SEC contests.
Martin’s second season (2013-14) leading the Gamecocks saw the squad win four of its final six games of the year, including two games in the SEC Tournament, marking the first Tournament wins for the Gamecocks since the 2008 campaign.
South Carolina put together a 9-3 non-conference record in 2014-15, entering SEC play receiving votes in both the Coaches and AP Top 25 polls for the first time since 2006 and 2009, respectively. Carolina posted a final record of 17-16 for the 2014-15 campaign, which marked the first winning season for the squad since the 2008-09 season, while Carolina’s six SEC wins marked the highest since 2010 as well. Martin also announced during the summer, that his team had completed its fifth-straight semester with a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or above in the spring. For its classroom achievements, South Carolina was honored with the NABC’s Team Academic Excellence Award, the only SEC team to be named to the list.
In Martin’s fourth season leading the Garnet and Black (2015-16), Carolina put together one of the top seasons in its history, matching a school record for wins with a 25-9 overall record on the year, while the Gamecocks reached double-digit SEC wins for just the fourth time since joining the league, posting an 11-7 mark in conference contests. The SEC finish was Carolina’s highest since the league combined its East and West Divisions prior to the 2012 season. South Carolina began the season 15-0, its best start since the 1933-34 campaign and went on to post a school-record 24 regular-season wins.
Prior to his appointment in Columbia, Martin spent the previous five season as the head coach at Kansas State University, leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament four times, including a trip to the “Elite 8,” during the 2009-10 campaign when the squad won a school record 29 contests.