Martin retires after 21 seasons as UD hoops coach

Delaware State News

NEWARK — The changing of the coaching guard continued at the University of Delaware on Friday with the announcement that longtime women’s basketball coach Tina Martin is retiring.

The Blue Hens’ coach for the past 21 seasons, Martin is the third veteran UD coach to retire this school year, joining Bob Shillinglaw (men’s lacrosse) and Scott Grezenda (women’s soccer).

Since Chrissi Rawak was hired as athletic director last May, Delaware has also brought in new coaches in football, men’s basketball and volleyball. The six coaches that left those positions have been UD head coaches for a combined 117 seasons.

 

Delaware sports information photo Tina Martin finished her UD career as the winning coach in the history of the Hens’ women’s basketball program.

“After a great deal of thought, I’ve decided the time is right for me to retire as head coach at the University of Delaware and move on to the next chapter of my life,” Martin said in a press release.

“Delaware basketball has been my passion for over 20 years and I am going to miss it. I’ve been fortunate to work with very driven and loyal assistant coaches, talented student-athletes, great teams, and supportive fans. I would like to thank all of the athletic directors I have worked with at UD, including Bernard Muir and Eric Ziady and especially Edgar Johnson who hired me 21 years ago. My staff and I have established an outstanding winning tradition and I will always be proud of my legacy at the University of Delaware.”

Martin led the Hens to four appearances in the NCAA Division I tournament.

Many of the highlights from her tenure came in 2009-13 when Ursuline star Elena Delle Donne decided to start playing basketball again. Delaware made the NCAAs in Delle Donne’s last two seasons, reaching the Sweet 16 for the first time in 2013.

The program set attendance records during those last few years, culminating with NCAA tourney victories over West Virginia and North Carolina in memorable games played before sellout crowds at the Carpenter Center. The Hens were a combined 63-6 in Delle Donne’s last two years.

Martin finishes as the program’s winningest coach, with a record of 408-238. She’s just the third head coach the Hens have had.

Along with the four NCAA appearances, Martin took UD to the Women’s NIT seven times.

“Tina brought an unmatched passion for the game every single day at UD, and we thank her for her commitment to repeatedly guiding our program to outstanding levels of achievement,” Rawak said in a press release. “We wish her continued success as she retires and moves forward in her next chapter.”

Associate head coach Jeanine Radice, who has served the past 21 seasons on the staff at UD, will lead the program as interim head coach until Martin’s  replacement is named.

A three-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, Martin ranks third in conference history with 217 wins. The Hens won at least 20 games in 12 of the past 18 seasons and went to a postseason tournament in 11 of the past 17 years.

Under Martin, Delaware also went to the league championship game six times, winning three of them.

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