Jacksonville men’s basketball head coach Tony Jasick announced the hiring of former Dolphin Vince Martin as assistant coach.
“We’re really excited to add Vince to our staff,” Jasick said. “He has been both a high school and AAU head coach and has a wide range of qualities that will elevate our program. Having played here he obviously has an affinity for Jacksonville University and has built a ton of relationships throughout the southeast that will be very beneficial for us in recruiting. Most importantly, I think he’ll be a fantastic mentor for our players as they grow throughout their careers.”
Most recently, Martin was the head coach at Bishop Snyder here in Jacksonville where he helped to develop some of the top talent in the state while also working with the Game Elite AAU program that, nationwide, has produced NBA talents such as Zion Williamson, Jaylen Brown and others.
“I’m really appreciative of coach Jasick for the opportunity to be a part of this program,” Martin said. “I feel like I have a lot I can learn from coach Jasick. Having played for the program, you’re not going to find many guys that are as passionate about Jacksonville basketball as I am, and I think coach Jasick is one of them. I’m just really excited about the opportunity and the chance to build something special here.”
During his lone season in a Dolphin uniform as a graduate transfer out of Young Harris in 2013-14; Martin started in all 30 contests and scored 9.9 points per game while handing out 4.7 assists and picking up 1.8 steals. He led the team in both assists and steals in 2013-14. He was also the program’s top marksman from long range that year, knocking down 40 for an average of 1.3 per game. At the end of the season, Martin was named to the ASUN Academic Honor Roll.
“You come in everyday to try to win championships,” Martin continued. “But I’m just as excited to have the opportunity to continue to impact the lives of young people. I’ll use the relationships I’ve developed over the years to help us bring in guys that I feel like will not only help us win, but help us continue to build the character of the program.”