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Notre Dame O-coordinator Chuck Martin headed to Miami (Ohio)

Updated: December 3, 2013 10:52PM



Chuck Martin handled the play-calling duties this season for Notre Dame.

Someone else will take over that task in 2014.

Martin left his post as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach with the Irish to become the coach at Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday. The school will hold an introductory news conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“I am excited to be joining the Miami football family and want to thank [athletic director] David Sayler for this incredible opportunity,” Martin said in a statement released by Miami. “I look forward to getting back to the excellence Miami stands for and am excited to hit the ground running.’’

Outside wide receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Denbrock will be Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator through the bowl game, a team spokesperson said.

Martin joined Notre Dame’s staff in 2010. He coached the secondary in his first two seasons before making the move to offense.

“Miami University made an excellent decision to hire Chuck Martin as its head football coach,” coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “He is an outstanding coach and, most important, a better person. Chuck was a vital part of this program’s success over the last four seasons, which included four bowl games and last year’s run to the BCS title game.

“He has provided tremendous leadership within a variety of roles over his career. Chuck has long-standing success as an assistant coach, coordinator and head coach and will recruit with anyone in the country.”

Martin took over the play-calling duties from Kelly this season. Notre Dame ranks 75th nationally in total offense, averaging 398.8 yards per game. The team is 76th in scoring offense, averaging 27.1 points.

Martin was the head coach at Grand Valley State from 2004 to ’09 and went 74-7 after Kelly left for Central Michigan. Grand Valley State won Division II championships in 2005 and 2006 and was runner-up in 2009.

Martin replaces interim coach Mike Bath, who took over after Don Treadwell was fired five games into the season. The RedHawks went 0-12.

“When I laid out the criteria that Miami was looking for in its next head football coach, it aligns perfectly with Chuck Martin,” Sayler said in a statement. “Coach Martin comes on board with a plan that will succeed here at Miami, while embracing the academic mission of this university at the same time.”

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