Head Coach Chuck Martin

This head coaching thing is starting to feel like second nature for Chuck Martin.  Now, in his seventh year at the helm of The Master’s College men’s basketball program, Martin is settling in but not satisfied.  He knows there is a lot of work still to be done to return the Mustangs to national prominence.

Building on a foundation he poured in 2006-07, he has made significant inroads into that mission, leading the Mustangs into the GSAC Tournament for the past five years.  But, that hasn’t satisfied the Eugene, Oregon, native even after his first 20-win campaign (20-16) and a 9-9 showing in the GSAC.

Still, that shows the competitive mentality and vision of this man who knows what it’s like to win at the highest level of college basketball.  A glimpse of where he came from reveals even more.

Prior to coming to The Master’s, Martin served as associate head coach at NCAA Division I Liberty University where he was part of a staff that turned around a struggling program in the Big South Conference. The Flames rose from the lowest-ranked team in the nation to one that won the Big South Conference Championship and made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.

Subsequent to his move to Liberty, Martin spent 14 seasons as a head coach at three different Alaska high schools.  Most recently he served as head coach at Wasilla High School (1998-2002), where he rebuilt a basketball program into a state contender.  He also coached at Colony High School for six years, launching the program when the doors opened in the fall of 1991.  Martin began his coaching career at Houston High School (1987-91) in Big Lake.

Over those 14 years of coaching prep basketball in Alaska, Martin posted a 283-89 career record, highlighted by six undefeated seasons in regional play.  He led teams to two state championships, eight regional titles and twelve state tournament appearances.  Martin was named Region III Coach of the Year three times and was a three-time winner of the Alaska State Coach of the Year award.  In 1997, Martin joined the elite club of Alaska basketball coaches with 200 wins.

Coach Martin and his wife, Rebecca, live in Santa Clarita with their daughter, Kaylynn, and son, Payton.