Cal hires Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin as coach

Cuonzo Martin

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – California has hired Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin as its head coach.

Cal announced Martin’s hiring Tuesday. He replaces Mike Montgomery, who retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley.

Cal hasn’t hired a head coach that spent the previous season as the head coach at another major conference school since 1954 when it brought in Pete Newell of Michigan State, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Newell went on to win the school’s only national championship in 1959.

Martin went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this season. He was previously the coach at Missouri State.

Martin was scheduled to be introduced at Cal during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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