Nathalie Jones, 23 Sports Reporter
After much anticipation, Missouri basketball has hired a new head coach. According to ESPN and other sources, the Tigers have lured Cuonzo Martin away from Cal on a 7-year contract.
The former coach of the California Golden Bears was reportedly being considered among the likes of Indiana coach Tom Crean and Butler’s Chris Holtmann. However, it seems that Martin stood out to Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk.
Martin has quite the resume. Before coaching, Martin played under Gene Keady at Purdue University. He later became an assistant coach at his alma mater for eight seasons.
However, his first head coaching position came at low-level Missouri State, where he turned out a 61-41 record from 2008-2011. Martin even managed to bring Missouri State to a Missouri Valley Conference Championship in 2011.
Before moving on to coach the Golden Bears, Martin was 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, even making a Sweet 16 run with the Volunteers in 2013.
However, he has arguably been most successful at California, bringing Cal to their best season in team history in the 2015-16 season. The Golden Bears posted a third-place finish in the Pac-12, even earning a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed in program history.
After his long road of coaching positions, he ends up right at home in Missouri (Martin hails from the St. Louis area) coaching Tigers hoops. Sterk will be looking to Martin to improve upon the past three losing season for Missouri. Tigers fans and players will surely be hoping for improvement, maybe even an NCAA Tournament bid in the near future.