This made headlines absolutely nowhere, but Rodney Martin recently resigned as the head men’s basketball coach at Tiffin (Oh.) University, a Gannon opponent last year. Martin officially left "to pursue other career opportunities," meaning he was thrown out on his ear because he didn't win enough games. Tiffin AD Lonny Allen stated in a press release, "I have enjoyed knowing Rodney both as a coach and as a person. I am sure he will find success in the future. But he won't find success anywhere near a basketball court because he's a horrible coach." OK -- the AD didn't actually say that last sentence, but I'm pretty sure he was thinking it. Martin was a gawd-awful 10-71 in his three seasons at Tiffin, including 1-21 in the GLIAC last season.
The image I will always have of Martin was burned into my brain during a timeout of the Tiffin/Gannon game last year at the Audi. My wife and I scored prime seats right behind the Tiffin bench. We could hear everything, including the players muttering under their breath in frustration. A couple possessions prior to a first-half timeout, Martin yanked a Dragon player from the game without explanation. The player sat on the bench simmering but then stood up and joined the team huddle when timeout was called.
An exasperated Martin crouched in front of his team and yelled, "We ain't playing no defense." He then turned to the player he just benched and said, "What were you doing out there?" As the player responded, "Well, I was ...", Martin interrupted. "Shut up!" he exclaimed, glaring at the player for a few uncomfortable moments before directing his tirade at the rest of the squad.
In the press release announcing his resignation, Martin said, "I worked with great kids in the program, but I wasn't able to get them to perform at the level I thought they could."
Do you think it was something he said?