December 17, 2008

MARTINEZ RESIGNS AS ISLANDER VOLLEYBALL HEAD COACH

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head volleyball coach Kimberly Martinez has offered her resignation, interim director of athletics Scott Street announced on Wednesday.

"I want to thank President (Flavius) Killebrew and the University for the opportunity to serve as head coach the past three seasons," said Martinez. "I have enjoyed the many relationships I have developed with my players and the other members of the department staff. I wish the volleyball team and the department much success in the future."

Martinez, a graduate of Texas A&M-Kingsville and former assistant at UTEP and Rice, was 18-65 in her three seasons as the A&M-Corpus Christi head coach. She was the second head coach in the history of the Islander volleyball program when she took over on Jan. 24, 2006 and guided the team to the Southland Conference Tournament in 2006.

Under her guidance, Christie Feliz was named the SLC Newcomer of the Year in 2006 and third-team All-Southland Conference in 2006. Academically, Beth Fionda was named the to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America District VI first team this past season and multiple players have been named to the Southland Conference All-Academic Team.

Molly McCabe set the single match assists record and has recorded the third most career assists and the highest career assists per game ratio in her two years on the island after being signed by Martinez.

Team single-match records were also established for attacks, kills, assists and digs during Martinez's tenure.

"The University and the Athletic Department want to thank Coach Martinez for her hard work and dedication to Islander Athletics the past three seasons," said Street. "We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors."

A national search for Martinez's replacement will begin immediately.