Frank Martin was hired as basketball coach at the University of South Carolina after spending the past five years at Kansas State, where his teams won at least 20 games each season.
Martin, who guided Kansas State to the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s tournament four times, takes over a South Carolina program that finished in last place in the Southeastern Conference last season with a 10-21 record. The Gamecocks were 2-14 against league opponents, leading to the firing of former coach Darrin Horn.
“I love challenges,” Martin said at a news conference. “Some people run away from challenges. I run to challenges. I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s what I’m excited about.”
Martin, 46, had a 117-54 record at Kansas State, with a 50- 32 mark against Big 12 opponents. In his first season with the Wildcats in 2007-08, he led the school to 21 wins and its first NCAA tournament win since 1988.
Kansas State went 22-11 this season and advanced to the third round of the tournament.
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