Stein adds Kat Martin to coaching staff

    Assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Kat Martin

    Assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Kat Martin
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    April 26, 2013

    By Bill Ford
    SIUSalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill.— Southern Illinois women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein has announced the hiring of Kat Martin as the team’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

    Martin comes to Carbondale from Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., where she spent six seasons as the associate head coach for the Kougars women’s basketball program. Her primary duties with the Salukis will be recruiting, but she will also assist in game planning and player development.

    “Kat is a bundle of energy, enthusiasm and drive. She impressed me with her ability to recruit the top players and gain their respect and trust,” Stein said. “ She is extremely well connected and respected throughout the junior college and high school ranks as a persistent and tremendous recruiter.

    “Kat knows how to connect with the younger generation and is knowledgeable in the social media world. I have no doubt that she will help bring us top notch student-athletes and assist us in our championship quest.”

    Kishwaukee went 133-65 during Martin’s six years on the staff with the team climbing into the national rankings in five of those seasons. The Kougars won three Arrowhead Conference Championships and three Region IV titles during Martin’s tenure with a fourth-place finish in the 2012 NJCAA Division II national tournament.

    Martin helped coach Kishwaukee players to a combined seven NJCAA All-America honors with eight WBCA/State Farm All-America nods. KC also produced 14 All-Region and 11 All-Conference selections with three conference and region MVPs with Martin on the staff.

    KC appeared in the WBCA Top 25 Honor Roll in all six of Martin’s seasons with the team ranking in the nation’s top five in team GPA in five of those seasons. The Kougars were named Honorable Mention NJCAA Academic Team of the Year in 2010 and 2012. KC players earned a combined 28 Academic All-Conference honors with four Academic All-America selections during Martin’s stay.


     

     

    “I am honored with the opportunity to join Coach Stein’s staff and be a part of such an exciting time in Saluki athletics,” Martin said. “When she presented me with the opportunity to build with her and cultivate a culture of success in Carbondale, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. We have a lot to look forward to and I am confident we will continue to build our success both on the court and in the classroom.”

    In addition to her basketball duties, Martin also served six years as Kishwaukee’s assistant to the athletic director. She also spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Kougars volleyball team and two years as the team’s director of operations. KC volleyball won the NJCAA DII national championship in 2007 and 2008 with Martin on the staff, and finished fourth and sixth in the nation respectively in 2009 and 2010.

    Martin has also been involved in working at basketball camps all over the country since 2006.

    Martin played basketball collegiately for two years at Kishwaukee and two years at Trinity International University. She was named Academic All-Conference both seasons at KC while earning NJCAA Academic All-American laurels in 2005. She ranks second in KC history for career rebounds and 12th in career scoring.

    At Trinity, Martin earned All-Conference honors in 2006 after setting the program’s single-season record for rebounds. She earned Academic All-Conference honors in 2006 and 2007 and was named an NAIA Academic All-American in 2007.

    Martin earned her bachelor’s degree in sport and wellness management from Trinity in 2007 and her master’s degree in sport management from Northern Illinois in 2010.

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