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IU hiring of basketball assistant becomes official

Hiring of IU assistant becomes official

Nearly a month after word leaked that Indiana coach Tom Crean would hire Chuck Martin as an assistant, the Hoosiers made it official and introduced Martin on Monday.

Martin said the school’s track record of success drew him there.

“We’re really honored to be part of the culture and tradition at Indiana,” he said. “It really is second to none. The history here, you can’t deny it.”

Martin comes from the NBA but spent five seasons as a college head coach at Marist. He was an assistant under John Calipari at Memphis from 2006-08 before taking over the Red Foxes, a post he left in 2013. Since, he had worked in the Thunder’s front office, primarily as a college scout.

“They have to really be able to do everything and the thing about Chuck is he’s done it,” Crean said. “When we got in depth with this, it was clear we needed him.”

Martin replaces Kenny Johnson, who left the Hoosiers for a similar assistant post at Louisville.

Calipari “told me it’s a special place, and Tom Crean can really coach,” Martin said. “Tom Crean is well-respected in our profession. His name comes up all the time as one of the better coaches around the country.”

– Chris Goff

The Journal Gazette

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