In March of 2016, Chris Martin became the 23rd head coach in Loras’ history, which dates back to 1909. He comes to Dubuque after helping spearhead the program turnaround at Elmhurst College. Martin’s third season at Loras will be his ninth as a coach, spending five seasons as an assistant at Elmhurst and one as the head coach of the Bayer Leverkusen Giants in Germany.
Loras finished 19-7 overall and 12-4 in the IIAC for the second consecutive top-two finish. Martin's Duhawks went 11-2 at home and were highlighted as part of ESPN'S SportsCenter Top 10 for their performance against Macalester.
Under the direction of Martin, Ryan DiCanio became the 14th player in school history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. In total, 10 team record were broken during the 2017-18 season, including six single-game records and four season records.
Martin’s first season at the helm of the Duhawks saw Loras rattle off an 11-game winning streak en route to capturing the program’s first Iowa Conference Championship since the 2006-07 season. On January 10, 2017, Martin was named the HoopDirt.com Coach of the Week for NCAA Division III.
Prior to his move to the Key City, Martin helped take an Elmhurst team that went 14-36 in the two seasons prior to his arrival to a 42-15 record over the last two seasons, which included a No. 2 ranking in the D3hoops.com poll during the 2015-16 season. Martin’s Bluejays finished the season ranked 18th after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. For the first time in Elmhurst history, the Bluejays qualified for the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons. While at Elmhurst, Martin helped coach Kyle Wuest, a two-time D3hoops.com All-Region selection.
As a student-athlete, Martin was an elite player for the Bluejays, closing out his collegiate career as a two-time D3hoops.com All-American. He was the first player in Elmhurst history to earn three CCIW All-Conference First Team honors. Martin finished his Bluejay career with 1,736 points, a mark which ranks second in school history.
After graduating from Elmhurst in 2005 with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and management, Martin spent three seasons playing professional basketball in Luxembourg and Germany. After his final season as a player, Martin accepted the role as head coach of the Bayer Leverkusen Giants and guided his team to the playoffs in his only season.
He completed his graduate program from the University of Southwest in Hobbs, N.M. with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.
Originally from Eureka, Ill., Martin lives in Dubuque with his wife, Haley, and their three children, Riley, Camden (a.k.a Bubba) and Eli.