Cal names Cuonzo Martin as head basketball coach

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Berkeley, CA, United States (4E Sports) – California has named Cuonzo Martin as its 16th men’s basketball head coach, the school announced.

“Cuonzo brings a strong track record of success on the court, in the classroom and in the community,” said Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour. “He is known as and is committed to developing his student-athletes both as basketball players and as men. He has been a leader and a winner everywhere he has been.”

“We are excited to have Coach Martin join our Golden Bears athletic family and look forward to much success during his tenure,” he added.

Martin, who guided Tennessee to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in March, has been tabbed to lead the Golden Bears following an extensive national search.

He will oversee a young Cal program that welcomes back three starters and five of its top-seven scorers from a 21-win campaign in 2013-14.

Martin owns a career record of 124-82, winning more than 60 percent of his games as a head coach.

The mentor has guided his teams to the postseason each of the last five years, averaged more than 20 victories over six seasons, and directed his teams to a greater win total than the previous year at each of his two coaching stops.

“I am pleased to be here and honored to have the opportunity to lead the University of California’s men’s basketball program,” Martin said. “The conditions for success at Cal are right and I believe we can compete at the highest level and continue the success here in Berkeley.”

As the head coach at Tennessee this past season, Martin led the Volunteers to the Sweet 16 and a national ranking of 23rd in the final USA Today coaches poll.

With a 24-13 final record, Tennessee matched its fourth-best win total in school history and recorded the most victories since the 2009-10 campaign.

Over his three seasons at Tennessee, Martin posted a 63-41 mark, taking the Vols to the postseason all three years.

Prior to taking over at Tennessee, Martin served as head coach at Missouri State for three years where he built a record of 61-41 with win totals of 24 and 26 his final two seasons.

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