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Football Coaching Staff
Willie Martinez
Assistant Head Coach/Secondary
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Head Coach/Secondary
Willie Martinez joined the UCF Football staff in December of 2017 as Assistant Head Coach and Secondary Coach.

Martinez is a veteran of more than 30 years of college football coaching, including a previous stop at UCF. He coached the cornerbacks at Cincinnati in 2017. Prior to his time at Cincinnati, he coached from 2013-16 at Tennessee. With the Volunteers, Martinez coached the safeties for one season, before being elevated to assistant head coach and leading the entire secondary.

Martinez also has collegiate experience at Auburn (secondary, 2012), Oklahoma (secondary, 2010-11), Georgia (defensive coordinator/secondary, 2005-09; secondary, 2001-04), Central Michigan (assistant head coach/secondary, 2000; secondary 1998-99; secondary, 1994), Eastern Michigan (secondary, 1997); UCF (defensive coordinator/secondary; 1995-96); Grand Valley State (defensive coordinator/secondary, 1992-93), Bethune-Cookman (quarterbacks/wide receivers, 1988) and Miami (graduate assistant, 1985-86). Martinez has also spent three seasons coaching high school football in Florida early in his career.

Martinez has coached or played in 19 bowl games, been a part of five conference championship teams and won a national championship as a student-athlete at Miami in 1983.

Over the last 15 seasons, Martinez has mentored 13 all-conference selections, six All-America performers and 16 NFL Draft picks. Fourteen players he coached were on NFL rosters in 2016. At Tennessee, his defensive backs averaged more than 13 interceptions per season, including the 2014 team that ranked No. 15 in the nation with 16 picks.

During his two seasons at Oklahoma Martinez helped the Sooners to a 23-5 record and a Big 12 title. During his tenure at Georgia, Martinez helped the Bulldogs to 90 victories, two Southeastern Conference titles, three division crowns, seven bowl victories and six Top 10 finishes. During the 2000 season, Martinez led a Central Michigan secondary that led the nation in passing defense.

Martinez is a 1985 graduate of Miami. He was an all-state selection and area defensive player of the year at Hollywood Hills High School.
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