Vol. 19, No. 33

June 8, 2000

Coach Martin's contract extended for five years

Tina Martin, Blue Hen women's basketball head coach, has signed a five-year contract extension, UD Athletic Director Edgar N. Johnson announced June 1.

The announcement comes just three months after Martin's Blue Hens posted their best season in over a decade, recording a record of 21-8 and advancing to the America East semifinals.

"This is a well-deserved honor for Tina," Johnson said in making the announcement. "Tina is one of the finest young coaches in the nation, and we are excited about the present and the future of Blue Hen women's basketball under her leadership."

Martin, 35, a former standout player at Lock Haven University and an assistant coach at Seton Hall University for eight seasons, begins her fifth season at the helm of the Blue Hen women's basketball team this fall. Her four-year record stands at 52-59.

Martin has transformed the Blue Hens into one of the true powers in the America East conference. After a 6-21 campaign in 1997-98, Martin led the Blue

Hens to a 16-11 record in 1998-99 and a 21-8 mark and a trip to the America East semifinal round in 1999-2000.

"We are fortunate to have such a strong commitment from our administration here at Delaware," Martin said. "Our staff and our players have worked extremely hard for the success that we have had, especially this past season. We have made great strides here and we hope to continue that improvement in the future."