Kent State University head football coach Doug Martin announced today that he is resigning following the Golden Flashes' game this Friday (Nov. 26) with Ohio in Dix Stadium. Martin informed Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen of his decision Sunday afternoon.
"I'd like to thank Doug for his eight years of service to the university, seven of which were as the head coach," Nielsen said. "Under his direction, our team made strides on the field, performed very well in the classroom and was active in the community.
"Doug has led this program with character and integrity and his players and staff have our full support Friday as they take on Ohio," Nielsen continued. "We'd like nothing more than to send him off with one last victory at home over the Bobcats."
The longest-tenured coach in the Mid-American Conference, Martin, 47, enters Friday's game with a record of 28-53 in seven seasons at the helm of the Flashes. He joined the staff in 2003 as the offensive coordinator under Dean Pees before being promoted to the 19th head coach in school history on March 1, 2004.
"I want Kent State fans to know what a great group of assistant coaches we have here," Martin said. "The character of these men is unquestioned and the job that they've done is outstanding. I'd also like to thank the university for the opportunity to lead this team for the last seven years."
A national search to find Martin's successor will begin immediately.