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Coach Russ Martin takes offensive coordinator's job at Southeast Missouri State University

After guiding the Black Hills State University football team through four gridiron seasons in the SDIC, head coach Russ Martin is moving on to Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau as the Indian's offensive coordinator.

Martin will direct the offensive attack for Coach Tim Billings who begins his first season as head coach at the Ohio Valley Conference Division I AA school. The Indians, who were 3-8 last season under John Mumford, open the 2000 season against Marshall University, winner of the 1999 Motor City Bowl and a 13-0 record.

BH athletic director Dave Little, said, “We have to be excited for him professionally, but disappointed to lose him from our program both as a person and as a coach.”

Martin, 44, came to Black Hills State from Bethany College where he served as associate head coach and offensive coordinator for five years. The football team won Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference titles in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995 with Martin directing the offense.

He also coached the BC women's softball team, winning the 1993 NAIA District 10 softball championship. He was named District 10 coach of the year.

At Black Hills State the Yellow Jackets were 12-27 overall and 8-14 in the South Dakota Athletic Conference under Martin. The Jackets were 4-6 in their final SDIC season. This fall BHSU joins the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC-10), a ten-team league consisting of schools from both North and South Dakota.

 

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“I wasn't seeking the job when I learned of the opening,” said Martin.

“Actually, one of my former players is coaching there. Looking long term, this is an opportunity for me. I aspire to be a Division I head

coach at some point in the future.”

Martin felt the program at BHSU has made big strides over the past couple of years, particularly in the size, strength and the athleticism of the players.

“It's in good shape and moving in the right direction,” he said. “We've had two good recruiting years and lose just four starters off the offensive unit and four players off the defensive unit. Also, the support of the Green and Gold Club and their efforts in raising scholarship awards will help.”

The BH coach says he and his family have mixed emotions about leaving the players and the friends they have in the community. But with spring practice around the corner, he must leave soon.