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Mike Martin
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Brown
Graduating Year: 2004
Experience: 5 Years

The senior member of the Penn men's basketball coaching staff, Mike Martin recently completed his sixth year as an assistant coach with the Quakers in 2011-12.

Martin's first year on the staff was certainly a memorable one, as in 2006-07 the Quakers went 22-9 overall, 13-1 in the Ivy League, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. However, an even better coaching job by Martin and the rest of the staff may have come in 2007-08, when Penn fielded by far the youngest and most inexperienced team in the league but went 8-6 in the Ancient Eight to finish third.

A head coaching change occurred midway through the 2009-10 season, and the program has seen an uptick in fortunes since then. The Quakers improved their overall record by seven games and their Ivy mark by two games from 2009-10 to 2010-11. This past season, Penn once again made a major surge forward, reaching 20 wins overall for the first time since 2006-07 and finishing second in the Ivy League at 11-3, one game behind Harvard in the standings. Penn then played in the postseason College Basketball Invitational, defeating Quinnipiac in the opening round before falling to Butler in the quarterfinal round.

Martin has helped recruit and mentor some of the Ivy League's top players during his time at Penn. Most prominently, Zack Rosen was a unanimous pick by the Ancient Eight coaches as the 2011-12 Ivy League Player of the Year and was one of 10 finalists nationally for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He was a three-time first-team All-Ivy pick and graduates as the program's all-time assist leader. Rosen and another recruit during Martin's tenure, Tyler Bernardini, were Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year selections -- the first two in program history -- and Bernardini was also the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2007-08. Another recruit in the Martin era, Jack Eggleston, was an All-Ivy and All-Big 5 selection during his career.

Martin came to Penn after working at Brown University, both as a player and a coach. He served as an assistant coach for the 2005-06 Bears, helping them finish 6-8 in the Ivy League (with the six wins coming against six different teams) and an overall mark of 10-17.

A four-year starter at Brown, Martin was part of the winningest class in the Bears' 100-year basketball history (63-45 four-year record). He also helped the Class of 2004 to a school-record 39-17 Ivy League mark during that period -- the best by an Ivy League team other than Penn and Princeton since 1970. Martin currently ranks 10th in career assists at Brown with 232.

An economics major at Brown, Martin was co-captain of Brown's 2003-04 team that finished second in the Ivy League standings for the third time in his four years. He also helped the Bears to a school-record four straight winning seasons.

A native of Agawam, Mass. -- where he starred at Cathedral High School -- Martin averaged 11 points per game for Brown as a senior. He also played a major role on the Bears' 2003 team that posted a 12-2 Ivy League mark and earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

After graduating from Brown, Martin spent the 2004-05 season playing professionally for Dart Killester in Ireland's top division of professional basketball.

Martin and his wife, Kristin, live in Philadelphia with their daughter, Keira.


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