South Carolina head coach Frank Martin was fired on Monday after ten seasons with the Gamecocks. Martin went 171-147 overall, highlighted by the 2016-17 season when he led the program to its first-ever NCAA Final Four as a 7-seed.
“We are grateful for the dedication that Coach Martin has made to Gamecock Basketball. We wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future,” AD Ray Tanner said in a statement. Our expectation is to compete for Southeastern Conference and national championships. We have great facilities, a passionate fan base and we provide our student-athletes an outstanding experience at the University of South Carolina. We will hire someone with a winning coaching history, who has the energy, passion, and commitment to excellence in all areas of the student-athlete experience.”
Martin arrived in Columbia in 2012 after five seasons at Kansas State, where he went to four NCAA Tournaments, but was unable to maintain that level of success. The 2017 Final Four run was the only NCAA appearance and it came one year after his only NIT bid. The Gamecocks were 6-14 (4-11 SEC) last year and 18-13 (9-9) this past season.
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