UT names Cuonzo Martin basketball coach

By: Rick Russo / Wes Boling / Daryl Hobby Email
By: Rick Russo / Wes Boling / Daryl Hobby Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT / UTSports.com) - Cuonzo Martin of Missouri State has been named the new men's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee.

Martin will be introduced in a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

"Cuonzo is among the most promising young coaches in the game, and we are excited about the coaching ability, toughness, and energy that he brings to our program," Tennessee Director of Athletics Mike Hamilton said.

"He has a proven track record of success as a head coach at Missouri State and an assistant at Purdue as well as an outstanding career as a college basketball player. His Missouri State program improved from 11 wins to 26 in just two seasons, and they won the regular season conference championship this year."

According to the Missouri State Bears website, Cuonzo - pronounced CON-zoe - became Missouri State's 16th head men's basketball coach on April 1, 2008. He just completed his third season with the Bears.

A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Martin was a star player at Purdue from 1991-95 for coach Gene Keady and then played four years professionally. He coached at Purdue for eight years under Keady and current Boilermaker head coach Matt Painter.

During his last two seasons, Martin was 179-for-390 (.459) from three-point range to lead the Big Ten, according to missouristatebears.com. He was fourth in the league in scoring as a senior and helped the Boilermakers to their second of three consecutive Big Ten titles. He also was named to Dick Vitale's All-Defensive team in 1995.

Martin replaces Bruce Pearl who had been with the Vols for the past six years.


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  • by timothy Location: Oak Ridge on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Wow i've lived in East Tennessee for four years and any time a black man is put in a position thats not criminal i see alot of upset and angry comments but ya know times are changing for you "GOOD OLE BOYS" but i expect to see Counzo in a traffic stop with "planted Drug and a Gun" i'm glad he's here and The Emancipation Proclaimation finally made it here to Knox county!!! ha ha Watch ya back Counzo if it aint white it aint right still exist here. no matter how they try to twist it!
  • by william Location: crossville tn. on Mar 28, 2011 at 07:07 PM
    It is just 1 more reason that Mike Hamilton has 2 B FIRED !!! Cuonzo Martin is another waste of fans money. Hamilton had a chance 2 go over 2 Duke and get 1 of coach K's young assistant coach's such as Collins. Hamilton can buy my tickets back or maybe I'll just send them back 2 him. Think bout it VOL FANS we have a non proven Football coach and now this!!! Dam Dr. Bill ps Go Pat and her lady Vols !!!!!!!
  • by BearsFan Location: Springfield, MO on Mar 28, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    If you'd study what Cuonzo has done with the Missouri State Bears in 3 short years, you'd all be rejoicing! He will be sorely missed by Missouri State fans like myself. He's not only a great coach, but a great man of integrity. Congrats, Vols... prepare to fall in love with this coach! He's about to become a star!
  • by jim Location: CAMBELL COUNTY on Mar 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    now they can get in to more trouble smart move tennessee or should I say MR.HAMILTON WAKE UP PEPOLE stay away from there games we need to show him
  • by jb Location: knoxvegas on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    I am so ashamed of the people who call themselves Big Orange fans on this post. You have got to be kidding me. You are either a Vol fan all the time through thick and thin or you are not! Don't get me wrong...I loved Bruce just as much as the next person but the man had no integrity and tarnished the reputation of UT basketball. Give the new coach a chance. Why would anyone such as the coaches from Butler or VCU want to be a coach at UT when more than likely the men's program is going to be punished for at least 2 years? Coach Martin is young and will need to embrace Big Orange Country to be a success at UT.
  • by wingnutt Location: here on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    I guess all of you naysayers had heard of Bruce Pearl before he came here. Sure you all followed Wisconsin-Milwaukee every game they played. LOL Why any coach or player would want to come to this place to listen to the likes of some of you is truly amazing.
  • by Bubba on Mar 28, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    Whattttt wwhhoooooooooo never heard of him??????????
  • by charlie Location: loudon on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    could not get a good coach???
  • by Brian Location: Harriman on Mar 28, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Fire Mike Hamilton All I am saying !!! hope espn rumors is true he is in his on hot seat and needs to GO !!!!!!!
    • reply
      by Aiilene on Mar 28, 2011 at 07:04 PM in reply to Brian
      Mike Hamilton needs to go now not later, his giving Tennessee a bad name. nobody likes mike anymore.
  • by Ben Location: Knoxville on Mar 27, 2011 at 11:40 PM
    i have taken the time to review over what Martin has done in his coaching career. very impressed with the turn around at Missouri St. i am looking forward to his career here at UT. however i do agree that Hamilton needs to go. the violations happened on his watch too. you have got to hold the AD accountable when the coaches he hires break the rules.

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