INTERIM TAG REMOVED: Martinez named Head Basketball Coach at Coastal Bend

President Dr. Justin Hoggard and Athletic Director Vicente Garza elevated Brandon Martinez to full-time head coach of Coastal Bend’s men’s basketball program on Monday. Martinez served this past season as the interim head coach for the Cougars. Martinez, previously Coastal Bend’s  assistant coach prior to the departure of Robert Byrd to Kilgore after the 2022-23 season, has played a vital role in turning around the program. 

“I am extremely honored to be named the head men’s basketball coach here at Coastal Bend! While this year was special, I am excited and eager to continue my coaching career in a great community like Beeville,” said Martinez. “I want to thank my wife and kids for supporting me in my pursuit of becoming a head coach. I want to thank my players, staff, and Coastal Bend’s administration for the trust they have in me to lead the men’s basketball program.”

Martinez led the Cougars to a 15-16 overall record this past season and a birth in the Region 14 Conference tournament as a 10th seed. The Cougars finished the season first in Region XIV Conference in scoring offense and had an NJCAA D1 All-Region, All-Conference player in Jeremiah Anderson. 

In 2022-23, he helped guide the Cougars to their most wins in school history (19) and a fifth seed in the conference tournament, also the school’s highest rank heading into March. 

“I look forward to creating new relationships, and building on the culture we’ve established these past two years. Coastal Bend College is heading in the right direction and I’m blessed to be a part of it.”

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