Notre Dame makes newest addition to Brey’s coaching staff
Observer Sports Staff | Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Irish men’s basketball head coach Mike Brey announced the newest addition to his coaching staff Tuesday, welcoming former Irish guard Scott Martin back into the program to serve as the team’s development and recruiting coordinator. The position was formerly known as video coordinator and was filled by fellow former Irish guard Eric Atkins, who recently took a full-time assistant coaching job at Howard University.
Martin began his career under Brey in 2008, transferring to Notre Dame after one season at Purdue. With the Boilermakers, Martin appeared in 32 games — even starting eight of them — and averaged 8.5 points per game.
Due to the NCAA’s transfer policy, Martin sat out his sophomore year and was set to return to the court before tearing his ACL in October 2009 and effectively missing the entirety of his junior year as well. However, he managed to get both seasons back in terms of eligibility and became a central piece in the starting lineup over the next three seasons.
Martin’s first season in action with the Irish saw the team earn a two seed in the NCAA Tournament. He was one of three captains for Notre Dame’s 2011-2012 campaign and proved to be an essential leader with the young guards, including Atkins, who was a sophomore at the time. Martin’s career was once again hampered during his sixth year due to another knee injury.
Martin finished Notre Dame averaging 9.2 points per game before heading to Europe to play for the Newcastle Eagles in the British Basketball League. Martin was an effective scorer with the Eagles, averaging over 15 points and leading them to a 110-25 record over four seasons.
He played one final season of professional basketball with BK Pardubice in the Czech Republic. There he averaged 11.3 points per game before retiring and serving as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch for the past year.
Martin’s hire marks the fourth former athlete on the coaching staff, joining Ryan Humphrey, Ryan Ayers and Harold Swanagan, all of which were coached by Brey during their careers with the Irish.