A fixture within the men’s golf program for the past 10 years, Doug Martin continues to elevate Cincinnati’s profile and reputation.
After joining the Bearcats as an assistant coach for the 2006-07 campaign, Martin has served as the program’s head coach for the last 10 seasons (entering the 2016-17 academic year). Coupled with an ambitious vision and determined work ethic, Martin has parlayed the program’s recent fully-funded status into newfound growth.
During the past three years, the men’s golf team has registered 16 top-five finishes while continuing to build respect nationally.
The Bearcats took a measurable step toward national recognition in 2013-14, posting nine top-5 finishes while ranking as the nation’s most improved team. By season’s end, the Bearcats rewrote the record books, recording the program’s best scoring average (291.06), posting the most birdies (505) in a season and achieving its best national ranking (93). UC also won its first team title since 2008 after claiming the Cleveland State Invitational during the fall season. UC ended the year by finishing sixth at the inaugural American Championship.
Martin’s UC teams also enjoyed success as members of the BIG EAST Conference in his previous four seasons as head coach, recording a pair of top-6 finishes at the BIG EAST Championship. Three players posted top-10 finishes at the league championship and three players earned All-BIG EAST accolades.
During the 2012-13 season, Martin helped guide David Tepe to medalist honors at the BIG EAST Conference Championship. Tepe received All-BIG EAST accolades and become the fourth Bearcat in school history to participate in the NCAA Championships.
Martin also led the Bearcats to a strong finish at the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, placing sixth. Joe Kastelic and Tepe each posted top 10 finishes at the conference championship, with Kastelic taking home All-BIG EAST honors.
Martin tutored Alberto Fernandez, who became the second Bearcat in program history to earn all-league honors at the 2009 BIG EAST Championship. Two Bearcats also have participated in the U.S. Amateur during Martin’s UC tenure - Kastelic and Tepe (twice).
Martin has found success on all levels of golf, beginning with his days as a junior golfer in the mid-1980s. During that time, Martin was a two-time AJGA All-American and was ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1984. He moved on to more success on the amateur level, ascending to the No. 1 national ranking in 1989.
From there, Martin moved on to a successful collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, Martin won five individual titles and was a three-time All-American. Martin enjoyed a memorable moment in 1989 when he finished second in the NCAA Championship to current PGA star Phil Mickelson.
Following college, Martin played for eight years on the PGA Tour, and earned a pair of professional victories. In 1995, Martin lost a five-hole playoff to Vijah Singh at the Buick Classic.
Since retiring from the tour in 1999, Martin has been involved in golf instruction and course set-up. He is also manager and part-owner of The Golf Ranch in Burlington, Kentucky.
Martin joined the UC program as an assistant coach prior to the 2006-07 campaign and was promoted to head coach three seasons later.
Martin has two children, Cody (25) and Macy (22) and two step-children, Alex (19) Samantha (17). He is married to Amy Martin.