Tom Crean hires new assistant coach for IU men’s basketball

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced the addition of Chuck Martin as an assistant coach for the Hoosiers.

Martin spent the last year as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder organization and brings more than 14 years of coaching experience on the NCAA Division I level, including five as a head coach at Marist College, the breeding ground of former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits.

“He is a great recruiter, a talent developer, said graduating senior Jay Bowie.  “I would say I improved in my four years as a player because of him.”

Prior to Marist, Martin was an assistant coach at Memphis from 2006-2008.  During his time with the Tigers, he saw Memphis post a 71-6 record and coached standout players such as Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Joey Dorsey, who made it to the 2008 NCAA Championship game.  That same year the Tigers became the first Conference USA squad to finish undefeated in the regular season and conference tournament.

Martin also was an assistant coach at St. John’s University from 2004-06, an assistant coach at Drexel University for three years, and a coach at the University of Massachusetts for one season.

Martin began his college playing career at Champlain Junior College in Vermont, and played his final two seasons at Monmouth University, where he played point guard and averaged 7.1 points per game.

He graduated from Monmouth in 1993 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.