Mavericks part ways with football coach Russ Martin

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Colorado Mesa Mavericks have parted ways with head football coach Russ Martin. He has left the position on Thursday.

He leaves the program after eight seasons. Martin guided the team to a 6-5 record during the 2019 season.

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“We would like to thank Russ for his time and energy over the past eight seasons to help further the tradition of Maverick Football,” Co-Director of Athletics Bryan Rooks said. “We wish him the best in the future.”

As the Mavericks head football coach, he guided the school to a 56-33 record. He also had three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in his eight years.

He also guided the program to the NCAA Playoffs during the 2016 season before losing to the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions in a 34-23 game.

A national search has begun to find his replacement. Martin came to Colorado after serving as the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for eight seasons.

Martin only had two losing seasons at the school. Those came in his first two seasons at the school when the team went 4-7 in 2012, then went 5-6 in 2013.

He had six straight winning seasons, including three straight nine-win seasons. He had a 9-2 record in 2015, then guided the team to a 9-3 record in 2016 and again a 9-2 record in 2017.

“I want to thank President Foster and the administration for the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at Colorado Mesa,” Martin said. “I believe we have built something special here and that great days lie ahead for the program.”

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