The 2010-11 campaign will mark the fourth at Marquette for Erick Martinez, who played collegiately under head coach Steve Rodecap and was promoted to associate head coach in August of 2009.
The Mexico City, Mexico, native brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the Golden Eagles. A former champion of the ITA Midwest Regional and nationally ranked performer, Martinez has already played a key role in a successful collegiate program.
Martinez arrived in Milwaukee after serving as the head professional and director of junior development at Topspin Racquet and Swim Club in Lexington, S.C., where he played a key role developing young talent and preparing them to compete at the collegiate level.
His responsibilities at Marquette involve all aspects of the program, including recruiting, on-court instruction and supervising the day-to-day operation of the office.
Rodecap coached Martinez for two seasons at Northern Illinois University, where he was named to the All-Mid-American Conference team on three occasions. He was the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2001-02 and achieved the highest national ranking in the school´s history (#20 doubles). Martinez was also the first Huskie in the history of the program, along with teammate Juan Pablo Barriga, to represent Northern Illinois University at an ITA National Tournament Final.
"His passion and dedication made him excel as a student-athlete and he will bring those same attributes as a coach," Rodecap said. "I knew very early in the process that he would be a great fit for our program and our entire University."
Martinez qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2004 and was ranked among the nation's top 20 doubles players in 2003. He continued his playing career following graduation, competing in several professional tournaments across the country.
He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from NIU in 2005 and graduated with a grade-point-average of 3.63.
Martinez and the former Jamie Lynn Carney were married in May of 2006.