A little more than a week after being name New Mexico State’s interim head coach, Doug Martin had the interim tag removed from his title and was named the Aggies head football coach, the school announced Friday.
Martin has changed his title a number of times in recent weeks. After serving as Boston College’s offensive coordinator this past season, he was named New Mexico State’s offensive coordinator on Jan. 17. He became the interim head coach on Jan. 24, when Aggies’ head coach DeWayne Walker left to join the Jacksonville Jaguars’ staff in the NFL.
The school said Martin will be officially introduced as the Aggies’ new head coach on Monday.
“Obviously with the resignation of Coach DeWayne Walker, we then engaged in a search process for a new head coach, interviewing four candidates including Doug Martin over the last few days. After that process the committee and I felt strongly that Doug would fit well as the Aggies’ next head coach,” Aggies’ athletic director McKinley Boston said in a statement. “Doug’s familiarity with Las Cruces, his desire to come back to Las Cruces, the overwhelming support of him as a candidate were all factors that went into the thought process. I’m very confident that Doug will provide great leadership in our effort to build a quality program as one that is defined as consistently bowl eligible. I look forward to working very closely with Doug to build a quality football program that we know everyone in Southern New Mexico, alumni across the state and the country would like to see. No one wants to see this program succeed anymore than I do.”
“I am thrilled for the opportunity and very appreciative that Dr. Boston and the administration have the confidence in me to move this program forward,” Martin said in a statement. “I think there is unlimited potential in this program and in this city and I look forward to building this football program to be part of the City of Las Cruces.”
Martin served as Kent State’s head coach from 2004-10 before becoming New Mexico State’s offensive coordinator in 2011. He left after one season to join the Boston College staff before returning to New Mexico State last month.
New Mexico State finished 4-9 this past season under Walker.