HEAD COACH CHRISTY MARTIN
Christy Martin enters her second season as Head Coach at SMU. Martin has coached one GNAC All-Conference player, two GNAC Freshman of the Year, 15 All-Academic selections and 3 GNAC all-conference players.
In her first season at the helm, Martin brought in a new look and culture to the Saints' basketball program. SMU won eight games while having forward Elin Johansson selected to the GNAC All-Conference team. Martin recruited the first ever GNAC Freshman of the Year Saniah Simpson-Patu in school history and coached a GNAC Player of the Week in Makenna Schultz.
Prior to SMU, in 2014 Martin took over a struggling TCC program mid-season. She had six players, just two of those players were on scholarship. Despite the challenges during that season Martin was able to build a winning program in less than three years. The team went from winning 4 games in her first season to 20 games in her third and final season at TCC.
She spent six years at Blue Mountain Community College turning one of the worst women’s basketball programs in the NWAC into the most successful women’s basketball program in BMCC history.
In 2012-13, Martin guided the Timberwolves to the NWAC Tournament for the first time in program history with an 18-10 overall record. In 2013-2014 despite being unranked, Martin led the T’wolves to the final four and a third place finish in the NWAC for their highest placing and most wins in school history. BMCC finished the season 22-6.
Martin helped 3 players sign Division I scholarships in her final four years at BMCC. Including current SMU assistant Mar’Shay Moore who played at The University of Oregon.
Martin has been successful at turning programs around at the high school level as well. She was hired at Liberty High School in Spangle Washington. The program had two wins prior to Martin’s arrival in 2004. In just three seasons the Lancers won the Bi-County Championship, Regional Championship and District Championship while making it to state for the first time in 17 years. In just three seasons as a high school head coach Martin compiled a 60-20 record.
Originally from Spokane, Martin was an assistant at Ferris High School in 2002 when they placed third at State. The following season in 2003, she was hired as the varsity assistant and head JV coach at Central Valley High School (4A). The bears took second place at state, maintained a national ranking and tied the record for the most consecutive wins in the state of Washington.
Martin began her playing career at Walla Walla Community College where she was the starting point guard for the Warriors. She graduated in 2000 from Walla Walla CC and later received her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Eastern Washington University.