Washington has suffered the first loss of an assistant coach since prior to the 2009 season as cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin is leaving for UCLA to join the staff of new Bruin coach Jim L. Mora.
UW head coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed the move this morning and said Martin it is immediate and Martin will not coach through the Alamo Bowl Dec. 29 in San Antonio.
“We’ll be okay,” Sarkisian said. “I think it’s the best thing for our kids as we go to San Antonio that we are all on the same page and doing this together. So this a good opportunity for he and his family to get back home so we will move forward.”
Martin is a native of the Los Angeles area (he attended Muir High in Pasadena) and worked previously at USC and Mt. SAC junior college in Walnut, Calif., before coming to UW in 2009 to join Steve Sarkisian’s staff.
Sarkisian said the Huskies will begin to immediately look for a replacement though with no specific timetable.
“We’ll start the proess and assess what options are there and what direction we are headed in,” he said. “We won’t rush the decision and when one is right we will make a move.”
Martin is the first UW assistant to leave since the full staff was finally assembled prior to spring ball in 2009, Sarkisian’s first year at UW.
Sarkisian, though, said change is inevitable in college football and noted that for Martin. it meant getting closer to home.
“This is business,” he said. “The opportunity we have here is not for everyone, and when guys have opportunity to maybe get back closer to home, the fact he was one of those guys that wanted to junp on that opportunity, I don’t blame him for that.”
He’s regarded as one of UW’s better recruiters, one of the assistants who handles the southern California area as well as the secondary.