Martin was announced as an assistant men's basketball coach at North Carolina A&T on July 6, 2016. Martin will be responsible for coaching the Aggies big men, scouting, assisting with academics, putting together the Aggies game schedule each year and making sure the players have housing. For the 2017-18 season, he will take on the role of director of basketball operations.
Martin's college basketball coaching career has ranged over five decades. After earning his degree in 1977 in economics from Notre Dame, Martin began his coaching career as the freshman coach at Harvard during the 1977-78 season. Martin then spent eight seasons (1980-88) as an assistant coach at North Carolina State under head coach Jim Valvano. The Wolfpack won two ACC championships (1983, 1987) and made six NCAA tournament appearances including a national championship title run in 1983 during Martin's tenure.
Other assistant coaching stops for Martin include Southern Methodist (1988-89), Tennessee (1989-93), Shaw (1994-95, 2002-03, 2004-05), Florida Atlantic (1995-96), Miami of Ohio (1996-98), Fordham (2003-04), South Carolina State (2006-07), North Carolina Central (2007-11), University of Maryland-Baltimore County (2011-2012) and Grambling State (2012-16). Martin spent three seasons as head men's basketball coach at Long Island University (1998-01), and he served as an assistant coach to John Thompson during the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. Martin has recruited and coached several former NBA players including Spud Webb, Vinny Del Negro, Allan Houston, Wally Szczerbiak, Nate McMilian, Thurl Bailey, Sidney Lowe and Tom Gugliotta.
Martin played basketball for four years under head coach Digger Phelps at Notre Dame where he was a team captain and a member of the Fighting Irish team who ended UCLA's 88-game winning streak on Jan. 19, 1974.
Long Island City, Queens, N.Y., is where Martin was born and raised. At Mater Christi High School (now St. John's Preparatory High School) in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., Martin was an All-American in basketball. In 1973 he was voted the best high school basketball player in New York City. Martin went on to play at Notre Dame for four years under head coach Digger Phelps where he served as the starting point guard for the Fighting Irish. On Jan. 19, 1974 he was a part of the Fighting Irish squad that ended UCLA's historic 88-game winning streak. He was named team captain as a senior.
Martin is a member of the NABC and one of the founding fathers of the Black Coaches Association(BCA). On May 5, 2017, coach Martin was inducted into the Backetball Old-Timers of America Hall of Fame in New York City.
Martin and his wife Valerie have three daughters, one son and two grandchildren.