New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced Thursday afternoon that offensive coordinator Doug Martin has been named interim head coach of the NM State football team, following the departure of DeWayne Walker to the NFL. He is in his second stint with the Aggies. Martin is also no stranger to the head coaching ranks, as he served as the Kent State head coach from 2004-10.
“I’m really excited about the possibilities here at New Mexico State,” Martin said. “Obviously, NM State is a place I firmly believe in and that’s the reason why I came back. I feel there is unlimited potential for this football program and for Las Cruces as a city to take ownership of this team. I want to bring this team and this community together and make this the best football program I can as long as I’m the interim head coach and hopefully the head coach in the future.”
Martin left NM State after the 2011 season to take the offensive coordinator position at Boston College in 2012. The Eagles ranked 47th in the nation in passing offense, as Martin guided wide receiver Alex Amidon and offensive tackle Emmett Cleary to All-ACC honors. Amidon finished the season ranked 11th among all receivers in the country in receiving yards per game (100.8). He ranks second among all ACC receiving in both receptions per game (6.5) and receiving yards per game.
Martin was the offensive coordinator of the Aggies back in 2011, as the Aggies 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, the Aggies had three All-WAC selections in wide receiver Taveon Rogers, offensive tackle Davonte Wallace and running back Kenny Turner. Quarterback Matt Christian led the Aggies with 2,158 yards passing and 15 touchdowns in 2011.