Martin joined Santa Clara in May 2000 from UC Irvine, where she was an assistant coach there from 1997-2000, serving two of those years with Bronco assistant coach Jeff Dow. Martin also coached at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee during the 1996-97 season. From 1993 through '96, she was an assistant at the University of Northern Colorado, a Division II school. During the 1994-95 campaign, she helped lead the Bears to a pair of program firsts: a national ranking and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Martin began her coaching career as an assistant at Metro State College in Denver, Colo., where from 1990-93, her teams posted a 60-22 (.732) record and back-to-back winning seasons.
"Besides relating extremely well to our players, she's a fabulous recruiter, as fans will soon see by this year's incoming class," head coach Chris Denker said. "As a player, she was a guard on an undefeated team, so she knows what it means to win and helps our guards understand that."
As a player, Martin was a junior college All-American in 1988 while at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan. She transferred to the University of Colorado, where she earned honorable mention All-Big Eight accolades in 1990 while helping the Buffaloes to a perfect 17-0 conference record and a No. 9 national ranking.
She graduated in 1992 with a degree in communications, followed by a master's in sports administration in 1996. Martin resides in Santa Clara.