Doug Martin has been named New Mexico State's new head footbal coach, as first reported by CBSSports.com. The school later announced the news Friday afternoon.
“Obviously with the resignation of Coach DeWayne Walker, we then engaged in a search process for a new head coach, interviewing four candidates including Doug Martin over the last few days. After that process the committee and I felt strongly that Doug would fit well as the Aggies' next head coach,” New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston said.
“Doug's familiarity with Las Cruces, his desire to come back to Las Cruces, the overwhelming support of him as a candidate were all factors that went into the thought process. I'm very confident that Doug will provide great leadership in our effort to build a quality program as one that is defined as consistently bowl eligible. I look forward to working very closely with Doug to build a quality football program that we know everyone in Southern New Mexico, alumni across the state and the country would like to see. No one wants to see this program succeed anymore than I do.”
The 49-year-old Martin, who had been the Aggies offensive coordinator, replaces DeWayne Walker, who left his job as head coach at New Mexico State only two weeks before Signing Day to take an assistant coach job with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Walker went 10-40 in his four seasons with the Aggies. In 2012, the Aggies went 1-11 and were 0-6 in the WAC under Walker.
Martin does have head coaching experience, having spent seven seasons as the head coach at Kent State, going 29-53.