Erik Martin, who is in his 12th season as a Division I coach, enters his 11th season as an assistant coach at West Virginia University. Martin is in his 16th season of coaching.
Martin, a former professional player and all-conference performer at Cincinnati, will be entering his 14th season – two as a player and 11 as an assistant – under head coach Bob Huggins.
Since he has been a Division I assistant, Martin has worked with numerous professional players, including four NBA players (All-American Kevin Jones, Joe Alexander, Bill Walker and Cartier Martin).
Since coming to West Virginia in 2007, the Mountaineers won the 2010 Big East Championship and have advanced to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2010 Final Four and four NCAA Sweet 16s. Martin has helped guide the Mountaineers to 229 victories.
At West Virginia, Martin is responsible for post player development as well as assisting with game scouts, recruiting and camps.
Martin came to West Virginia after spending a year as an assistant at Kansas State with Huggins. Prior to his stint at Kansas State, he spent two years as an assistant coach at Cincinnati State and Technical College in Cincinnati for head coach Andre Tate from 2004-06.
In 2005-06, he helped the Surge post a 26-9 overall record en route to winning the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region XII District 7 tournament titles. The program advanced to the NJCAA Division II championship 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 the coaching ranks at Jacobs Center High in Cincinnati, where he served as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach from 2003-04.
A standout power forward, Martin was a two-year lettermen and one-year starter for Huggins at Cincinnati from 1991-93. He signed with TCU out of high school and redshirted as a true freshman in 1989-90. Martin transferred to Santa Ana (Calif.) Community College for one season before moving to Cincinnati the next two seasons.
Martin 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 with All-American Herb Jones and future NBA stars Corie Blount and Nick Van Exel, Martin helped Cincinnati to a 29-5 overall record and the 1992 NCAA Final Four.
In his senior year, Martin 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’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, Martin led the Great Midwest Conference in field goal percentage and was named to the all-conference second team. He was a member of the league’s all-tournament squad after guiding Cincinnati to its second straight title. Martin continued his stellar performance in the NCAA Tournament, where he was named to the East Regional all-tournament team.
Following his playing career at Cincinnati, Martin spent nine years playing professional basketball around the world, including a four-year stint with various franchises in the Continental Basketball Association and five years overseas.
In addition to his professional experience, Martin has also spent time with the U.S. National team, helping the squad to a silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina. Martin also assisted USA in winning the gold medal at the 1997 Tournament of the Americas.
Martin 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 West Covina, Calif., Martin has three daughters, Amiyah, Eleyna and Erika. He married the former Anita Woodley in 2010.