[dropcap]D[/dropcap]oug Martin will be named head coach at New Mexico State this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. EST, according to a report from Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.
Martin was named interim head coach on Jan. 24 when DeWayne Walker left to become the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary coach. That interim title will be removed today.
This will be Martin’s second stint as a head coach. He coached Kent State Martin 2004-2010, compiling a 29-53 record.
Martin resigned following the 2010 season and was hired by Walker as New Mexico State’s offense coordinator in 2011. He left after one season for a similar position on Frank Spaziani’s staff at Boston College, but returned to Las Cruces as offensive coordinator when Spaziani was fired in November.
Sources close to the program indicate that even before Martin’s return to NMSU, the wheels were already in the motion for Walker to get back to the NFL and for Martin to become New Mexico State’s head coach.
The 49-year old Martin began his coaching career at East Tennessee State in 1988 and coached there until 1991. From 1992-2002, Martin coached at East Carolina, all under curent Tampa Bay Bucs running backs coach Steve Logan. Martin served as offensive coordinator his last seven seasons at ECU.
Martin served as Kent State’s offensive coordinator for one season (2003) before being named head coach.