Kent State coach to step down after 7 seasons

Kent State coach Doug Martin is resigning effective after the

team’s final game Friday against Ohio.

Martin announced his decision on Sunday through an e-mail sent

out by the school’s sports information office.

Kent State is 4-7 heading into Friday’s home game against the

Bobcats, leaving his record at 28-53 in seven seasons with the

Flashes. He joined the staff in 2003 as the offensive coordinator

under Dean Pees before being promoted to head coach on March 1,


Martin’s best season at Kent State was a 6-6 mark in 2006, a

five-game improvement over the previous year.

Martin told athletic director Joel Nielsen of his decision on

Sunday afternoon.