BC names offensive coordinator

It's a popular day for announcing coordinators in the ACC.

Doug Martin, who served as head coach and offensive coordinator for seven seasons (2004-10) at Kent State, has been named offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Boston College announced on Thursday. Here is the official release:

Martin comes to BC after serving as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for one season – 2011 – at New Mexico State. The Aggies ranked 25th among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams in passing offense this fall, averaging 273 yards per game, and averaged 398 yards of total offense per game.

“Doug Martin is an excellent addition to our staff,” coach Frank Spaziani said. “He brings a wealth of experience, not only as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach but as a head coach as well. Doug’s record of success, particularly in mentoring young quarterbacks, is impressive.”

“I’m really excited to join the football staff at such a prestigious academic institution,” Martin said. “I look forward to working with Coach Spaziani and the fine student-athletes at Boston College. It is an honor to have this opportunity.”

Martin is widely regarded as one of the nation's premier quarterback mentors. His list of protégés includes three-time All-Conference USA selection and current NFL passer David Garrard, record-setting CFL quarterback Marcus Crandell and other pros Richard Alston and Joshua Cribbs, who both played quarterback in college under Martin before switching positions in the NFL.

Martin joined the Kent State staff as offensive coordinator under Dean Pees in January 2003. In his first season, Kent State averaged 26.8 points per game, the second-highest in the last 30 years, and scored 30-or-more points in each of the final six games and did so in a school-record eight games overall.

Martin was named the Kent State’s head coach on March 1, 2004.

In 2005, Martin’s spread passing attack posted the third-highest yardage total in school history while the team's 15 touchdown passes were the sixth most in a single year at Kent State. The Flashes also reached the 30-point mark three times in 2005, running the total number of games with at least that many points to 16 since 2003.

In December of 2006, Martin signed a four-year extension following a 2006 campaign during which Kent State pulled off the fourth-largest turnaround in the nation, improving by five wins over the previous year’s total.

From 2006-10, Martin’s offense at Kent State recorded a remarkable 16,907 yards of total offense, averaging 422.6 yards per game during that spanned including 26.3 points a game.

A total of 20 Kent State players earned All-Mid-American Conference accolades from 2007-10, including Eugene Jarvis, who was atop the active Football Bowl Subdivision running backs list with 3,722 career yards on the ground, and Brian Lainhart, whose 17 career interceptions was also tops among active FBS players.

In 2010, Roosevelt Nix was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year under Martin’s watch. Also under Martin, four players were selected in the NFL draft including Jameson Konz (2010 – 7th round, Seattle Seahawks), Usama Young (2007 – 3rd round, New Orleans Saints), Jack Williams (2008 – 4th round, Denver Broncos) and Julian Edelman (2009 – 7th round, New England Patriots), with Young becoming the sixth-highest pick in the history of the program.

Martin came to Kent State following 11 seasons at East Carolina University, the last seven of which he was in charge of the team’s offense. He was at ECU for all of Steve Logan’s tenure there, serving as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator for two seasons (1992-93), then another two years as wide receivers coach (1994-95) before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 1996.

At East Carolina, Martin played a significant role in the development of quarterback David Garrard, who broke 28 school passing records and total offensive records from 1998-01. In addition, Martin coached the top three receivers in ECU history. During Martin's time at ECU, the team advanced to five bowl games; the Liberty Bowl in 1994 and ‘95, the GMAC (formerly Mobile Alabama) Bowl in 1999 and 2001 and the galleryfurniture.com Bowl in 2000.

Prior to joining the staff at East Carolina, Martin was a graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky, his alma mater, from 1986-87 and then spent the 1988-91 seasons at East Tennessee State University, where he coached the running backs his first year, then served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach his final three seasons.

Martin was a four-year letterwinner at Kentucky from 1981-84, spending time as a part-time starter at quarterback before injuries limited him to the holder role. A native of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Kentucky in 1985.