- Taren Martin
Taren  Martin

Last College:
Illinois State '04

Associate Head Coach

Fourth season at UAB/13th Overall


Martin Minutes

  • Enters her fifth season as the Associate Head Coach; works primarily with the guards, but also led the forwards in 2016-17
  • Prior to arriving at UAB, spent three years as the head coach at Eureka College from 2010-13
  • Worked with the posts in 2016-17, including 2017 Conference USA Freshman of the Year Rachael Childress; Childress garnered four Freshman of the Week awards and set the UAB freshman record for 3-pointers made in a season, along with numerous UAB and Conference USA top-10 marks
  • Helped guide Miyah Barnes to a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman Team and two Freshman of the Week honors
  • Coached Chelsee Black, who became the 16th all-time leading scorer with 1,352 points in her three years with Martin
  • Coached Deanna Kuzmanic, who drained 74 triples her freshman year season, the sixth most by a player in UAB history; Kuzmanic went on to be named to the league’s All-Freshman Team
  • Chosen to speak at the 2016 NCAA National Convention Round Table, the WBCA Center for Coaching Excellence and Speaker at the 2017 WBCA Final Four Convention 

Eureka College

  • 2012 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Coach of the Year
  • Tallied 21 wins in 2011-12, the program’s fourth 20+ win season
  • Set Eureka College single-game records in points scored (114), 3-point field goals (11), assists (35) and steals (41)
  • In Martin’s inaugural season, the Red Devils boasted a 3.2 team GPA with five members named to the SLIAC All-Academic Team

Illinois State
Martin began her coaching career in 2004 at her alma mater, Illinois State, where she served as a graduate assistant before being named the director of operations while completing her master’s degree. Martin played a vital role in rebuilding the Illinois State program. Working alongside Randy Norton and under head coach Robin Pingeton, the Redbirds won three conference titles and made five trips to the post-season including consecutive WNIT semifinal appearances in 2009 and 2010.

Playing Career
Martin played at Illinois State from 2000-2004. In her senior season, she averaged 11.4 points, 4.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game while leading the Redbirds to a fifth-place finish and the team’s best record since 1996-97.

Martin received Illinois State’s Jill Hutchison Endowed Scholarship in 2003 and the Jill Hutchison Coach’s Award for her leadership and performance. Martin was the first Redbird to record 300 assists, 250 made free-throws, 150 steals and 100 3-pointers.

A native of Savannah, Mo., Martin graduated from Savannah High School where she was a three-sport All-Missouri State athlete in tennis, basketball and track. A starting point guard on the basketball team, she led her team to a second-place state finish three times. On the track, she placed second in the state in the 4x800 relay. 

Formerly Taren O’Brian, she married Patrick Martin in 2005. The couple resides in Homewood, Ala., with their three children, daughter Ryleigh and sons Jackson and Tyson.