OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Chuck Martin has a big rebuilding job to do.
Martin got a five-year contract to try to restore Miami of Ohio’s football program, which is coming off a winless season.
Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator was introduced as the next coach on Wednesday, taking over a team that went 0-12, only Miami’s fourth winless season since 1900.
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The RedHawks are 8-28 over the past three seasons and have won two or fewer games four times in the past eight years.
The 45-year-old coach is the latest addition to the “Cradle of Coaches,” a legacy that includes Ara Parseghian, who coached at Miami and Northwestern before winning national titles at Notre Dame.
“Miami football tradition is coming back to where it has been for many, many years,” Martin said. “I was getting my hair cut the other day sitting in the same seat that Ara Parseghian sat in the day before. They said he was saying, `(Miami’s) got to get this right this time.’ I was so excited. He was talking about the job I was about to get.”
Martin’s five-year deal includes base salaries of $450,000 per year plus bonuses, athletics director David Sayler said.
Sayler fired Don Treadwell after Miami’s fifth loss this season, leaving him 8-21 at his alma mater. Offensive coordinator Mike Bath was the interim coach for the rest of the season. Martin was hired on Tuesday, four days after a season-ending loss to Ball State.
Sayler wanted someone with head coaching experience at some level and experience at Division I in some capacity. Martin was an assistant with six teams and won two Division II national titles in six seasons at Grand Valley State, where he replaced Brian Kelly as head coach.
Martin joined Kelly at Notre Dame in 2010.
“It felt perfect from the time I met Chuck for the first time,” Sayler said. “We felt good about his emphasis on the values that we care about. He’s got experience as a coordinator on both sides of the ball. He’s coached in a national championship game in seven of his last 13 seasons.
“When you look at his resume, he has never failed. He’s played or coached on 10 undefeated teams, and teams he’s coached are 158-28. That’s a pretty strong number. That’s something that caught our attention.”