Martin returns as offensive coordinator

Martin returns as offensive coordinator

Published Jan. 18, 2013 3:46 p.m. ET

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced that offensive mastermind Doug Martin will return to Las Cruces as the Aggies' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

"I'm very excited about Doug's return as our offensive coordinator," Walker said. "Our offense took as step back this past season and I'm confident that Coach Martin can get us back on track. I'm looking forward to our offense moving forward."

Martin was the offensive coordinator of the Aggies in 2011, when they ranked 47th in total offense and 26th in passing offense. He helped guide the Aggies to a win over Minnesota, the program's first win against a team from the Big Ten. Under Martin's guidance, the Aggies had three All-WAC selections in wide receiver Taveon Rogers, offensive tackle Davonte Wallace and running back Kenny Turner. Quarterback Matt Christian passed for 2,158 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011.

He left the program to spend one season as offensive coordinator at Boston College in 2012. The Eagles ranked 47th in the nation in passing offense. All-ACC wide receiver Alex Amidon ranked 11th in the nation in receiving yards per game (100.8) and second in the ACC in receptions per game (6.5).

"I'm really looking forward to coming back to New Mexico State," Martin said. "My relationship with coach Walker is really close, and I think a lot of him as a person and as a coach. My year in Las Cruces was one of the most enjoyable years I have ever had in coaching, for two reasons. One was working with the players and coaches, and two was the community in Las Cruces was so gracious to me and my family, which is a big part of why we are excited about the move back to New Mexico State."

Martin's background includes seven seasons as a head coach at Kent State and eight as an offensive coordinator at Kent State, East Carolina, New Mexico State and Boston College.

Martin is widely regarded as one of the nation's premier quarterback mentors. His list of protégés includes three-time All-Conference USA selection and current NFL passer David Garrard, record-setting CFL quarterback Marcus Crandell and other pros Richard Alston and Joshua Cribbs, who both played quarterback in college under Martin before switching positions in the NFL.

Martin was a four-year letterwinner at Kentucky from 1981-84.