Chuck Martin is in his fifth season as head coach of the Red Foxes.
Martin was introduced as Marist's sixth head coach in its Division 1 history and ninth overall in program history on April 17, 2008. Arriving with the reputation of a tenacious recruiter, Martin has seen his recruits make immediate impacts on the program. In the past three seasons, freshmen or sophomores have led the team in scoring and assists, as well as rebounds per game the past two. Three of Martin's recruits have earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors, including Chavaughn Lewis in 2011-12 after he scored a Marist freshman record 460 points. He also oversaw Devin Price's development into a Third Team All-MAAC honoree in 2011-12.
Martin was also instrumental in the development of Ryan Schneider. As a senior in the 2008-09 season, Schneider was named Second Team All-MAAC and Second Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine. He then went on to play professionally for two seasons in Portugal.
In his first season at Marist, the Red Foxes set a program record for fewest points allowed to a Division I opponent in a 57-35 win over Hartford, and also set a MAAC Tournament record for fewest points allowed in a 43-40 opening-round triumph over Iona.
Martin came to Poughkeepsie after having spent the 2006-08 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis. The Tigers reached the national championship game in the 2007-08 season, and set a single-season Division I record for most victories with 38. The previous year, Memphis went 33-4 and reached the Elite Eight. The Tigers also became the first team in the history of Conference USA to compile a perfect regular season while winning the conference tournament.
A native of the Bronx, Martin has served as a Division I assistant coach at five institutions. Prior to his time at Memphis, Martin was an assistant coach at St. John's University from 2004-06. There, he played an integral role in helping upgrade the Red Storm's talent base. In January of 2006 campaign, St. John's recorded victories over two nationally-ranked opponents - then-undefeated Pittsburgh and Louisville - within a span of five days.
Before heading to St. John's, Martin spent three years at Drexel University, where he worked under James "Bruiser" Flint. The Dragons reached the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship game in 2003, and earned postseason National Invitation Tournament berths in 2003 and 2004. Drexel compiled a record of 36-18 in regular-season Colonial games in Martin's three years there. He helped develop current Wagner Head Coach Bashir Mason, who became the first player in Colonial history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors as a freshman.
Martin also coached under Flint for one season at the University of Massachusetts, which came in the 2000-01 season. That year, the Minutemen reached the Atlantic-10 Tournament championship game. He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Manhattan College during the 1999-2000 season. Martin's strong roots in New York City helped land All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference players Muggsy Green, Jared Johnson and 2004 NBA Draft selection Luis Flores.
Before embarking on his college coaching career, Martin served as camp director of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp. This experience enabled him to establish strong relationships on the East Coast with several of the top high schools, prep schools and AAU coaches. He also worked as an assistant coach at national powers St. Raymond's and LaSalle Academy in New York. Martin was an assistant at LaSalle from 1993-95, when he worked with future NBA players Ron Artest and Shamgod Wells. In his time at St. Raymond's Martin tutored former NBA center Ernest Brown and All-America and Virginia standout Majestic Mapp.
Martin, who played at St. Raymond's for three years, was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1998.
Martin began his college playing career at Champlain Junior College in Vermont, where he captained a pair of NJCAA tournament teams. He played his final two seasons at Monmouth University, where he played point guard and averaged 7.1 points per game.
Martin is a 1993 graduate of Monmouth with a bachelor's degree in Communications. He and his wife, Lee, have three children -- a daughter, Ashley-Monet, and two sons, Jordan and Justin.