The Frank Martin story is a good story
Posted on: December 15, 2009 4:28 pm
I spent a while on the phone with Frank Martin late Monday, then wrote a column about him that's on the college basketball page now. You can click this link to read it, if you want. It's a column about how most people ripped KSU's decision to promote Martin to replace Bob Huggins, and how he's slowing quieting those critics by leading Kansas State to a 9-1 start and its highest ranking in two decades.
It really is a nice story.
(Not my column; Martin's story).
I didn't get into his background much in the column. But how could people not like the story of a man who went from a high school coach to a Big 12 head coach in the span of seven years? Beyond that, Martin is the son of Cuban immigrants. He got a job when he was 12 as a change-boy at a pool hall. He worked four nights a week in an effort to support his mother, grandmother and sister, because his father drifted away after a divorce. Martin hasn't spoken to his father since 1980. Since the age of 12, he's never not had a job.
"I've been through a lot in my life, personally and professionally," Martin told me Monday night, which is something nobody can dispute. And if you really want to understand where Martin came from and how improbable it is that he's coaching a team ranked No. 17 in the AP poll, I'd encourage you to click this link and read a profile Cole Manbeck of the Manhattan Mercury did on Martin last month.
Lots of good stuff in there.
Check it out.
Then maybe you can appreciate Martin's story a little better.