Martin leaving Manvel for position with Syracuse


MANVEL — Syracuse football officially hired Kirk Martin to coach quarterbacks. Martin, a longtime Texas high school coach, is in-laws with Syracuse University head coach Dino Babers as Babers' daughter, Jazzmin, married Martin's son, Koda, in July.

"First and foremost, Coach Martin is a family man," Babers said in a statement. "His values align with what we teach our players every day about being better fathers, better sons, and better husbands. The type of person he is and his success training elite-level players makes him an excellent fit for our program."

Martin has spent the last 25 years coaching high school ball in Texas, most recently starting the program at Manvel High School and growing it into a perennial winner over 10 seasons. He leaves with a 108-25 mark at the helm of the Mavericks, including six district titles, eight straight playoff berths (2010-17) and appearances in the state championship game in 2011 and 2017.

A 53-49 loss in the Class 5A Division I state title game last fall capped a year in which Manvel went 14-1 en route to being named the 2017 Texan Live "Coach of the Year."

Martin has been named district "Coach of the Year" several times and has also received "Coach of the Year" honors from the Touchdown Club of Houston in 2011.

"I'm excited to join the Syracuse family," Martin said in a statement. "Coaching in college has been a goal of mine for a long time and when Coach Babers called I knew this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. To work at a place with such storied football tradition and with a group of coaches I have so much respect for is a dream come true. I can't wait to get started."

A native of Quitaque, Texas, Martin played tight end at Texas-El Paso and earned a kinesiology degree before going to Sul Ross State University in Alpine for his Master's in school administration. He then served as an offensive assistant coach at Texas high schools including Cathedral, Riverside, Alvin, Odessa Permian and Giddings.