KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC head women's basketball coach Jacie Hoyt announced the hiring of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kat Martin on Tuesday.
“I believe Kat is one of the best recruiters in the country,” commented Hoyt. “There isn't an AAU, high school or junior college coach I've met that doesn't have great things to say about Kat's consistency and ability to build relationships. Her passion to mentor young women is something that will be invaluable to our program and will leave an impact for years to come.”
Martin enters her first season at UMKC after serving as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois the past four seasons. She will serve as recruiting coordinator and focus on post player development on Hoyt's staff.
“I am honored by Jacie's invitation for the opportunity to build something special at UMKC,” shared Martin. “I am excited to empower the lives of our student-athletes both on and off of the court, and also give back to the incredible Kansas City community.”
With the Salukis, Martin directed the recruiting efforts that led to several All-Missouri Valley Conference performers in her four-year span. She also assisted the Southern Illinois coaching staff with game planning and player development.
At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the Salukis played in their second-straight postseason tournament, and eighth ever, after accepting an invitation to compete in the Women's Basketball Invitational. Southern Illinois' back-to-back postseason appearances marks the first time in 30 years that this feat has been done by the women's basketball program.
Martin came to Carbondale from Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., where she spent six seasons as the associate head coach for the Kougars women's basketball program. Martin helped coach Kishwaukee players to a combined seven National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors with eight Women's Basketball Coaches Association/State Farm All-America nods. Kishwaukee also produced 14 All-Region and 11 all-conference selections with three conference and region MVPs with Martin on the staff.
In the classroom, Kishwaukee appeared in the WBCA Top-25 Honor Roll in all six of Martin's seasons with the team, ranking in the nation's top-five in team grade point average in five of those seasons. Student-athletes combined for 28 academic all-conference honors with four academic All-America selections during Martin's stay.
Martin played basketball collegiately for two years at Kishwaukee and two years at Trinity International University. She was named academic all-conference both seasons at Kishwaukee, while earning NJCAA Academic All-American laurels in 2005. She ranks fourth in Kishwaukee history for career rebounds and seventh in single-season boards.
At Trinity, Martin earned all-conference honors in 2006 after setting the program's single-season rebound record. She earned academic all-conference honors in 2006 and 2007 and was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Academic All-American in 2007.
Martin earned her bachelor's degree in Sport and Wellness Management from Trinity in 2007 and her master's degree in Sport Management from Northern Illinois in 2010.
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