Kent State wins Martin’s finale

Assistant Jerry McManus has been named Kent State’s interim head

coach while the school searches for a successor for Doug Martin,

whose resignation took effect after the Golden Flashes’

season-ending upset of Ohio.

Athletics director Joel Nielsen said McManus, who served as an

assistant head coach for the past six seasons, will fill Martin’s

spot until a new coach is hired.

Also, defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, linebackers coach Jim

Fleming and wide receivers coach Eugene Baker have been


The four coaches will handle recruiting duties and day-to-day

operations of the program as a national search is conducted to find

the school’s 20th coach.

Kent State went 5-7 in Martin’s final season and 29-53 in his

seven seasons overall.