Following Kent State‘s 38-3 loss this weekend at Western Michigan head coach for the Golden Flashes Doug Martin stated he will resign from the position, bringing an end to the longest reign among coaches in the Mid-American Conference. Martin will officially step down at the end of the regular season after Kent State finishes up the schedule against Ohio.
“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 they’ve done is outstanding.”
Martin was 28-53 over the last seven years and Kent State is 4-7 this season.
“I’d like to thank Doug for his eight years of service to the university,” Kent State Athletics Director Joel Nielsen said in a statement. “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.”
Kent State will begin a national coaching search to replace Martin immediately.
This is the fourth coaching change college football has seen this season. Colorado, Minnesota and North Texas all have let go of their head coaches form the start of the season and are currently being led by interim coaches and in the process of a national coaching search.