Secondary Graduate Assistant
Demetrice Martin, who came to USC from the junior college coaching ranks, is in his second year on the Trojan staff as a graduate assistant working with the secondary. He joined the Trojan staff in May of 2006.
In 2006, safety Taylor Mays was a Freshman All-American first teamer and the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year.
USC played in the 2007 Rose Bowl.
Martin, 34, spent the previous 3 seasons (2003-05) as the pass defense coordinator and secondary coach at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut (Calif.). The Mounties played in the National Bowl in 2003 and 2004. One of his defensive backs, Darryl Moore, earned All-American honors.
He was the secondary coach at Pasadena (Calif.) City College in 2001 and 2002. The Lancers went 18-4 during that time, winning the Mission Conference title both seasons while appearing in the 2001 Southwestern Bowl and 2002 Potato Bowl. Safety James Griffin was an All-American. He also spent 2001 as a part-time assistant at Muir High in Pasadena.
Martin served as Pasadena CC's interim head coach in January and February of 2006 before taking the USC job.
He began his coaching career at Monrovia (Calif.) High, working with the defensive backs and wide receivers for 2 seasons (1999-2000).
Martin was a 4-year (1992-95) letterman at Michigan State, first as a wide receiver and then at cornerback. He was an All-Big Ten first team pick in 1994 when he led the conference in interceptions with 7. He was an All-Big Ten second teamer in 1995. He had 10 interceptions in his career. The Spartans played in the 1993 Liberty Bowl and 1995 Independence Bowl.
He then signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 1996 and served briefly on their practice squad that year. He was with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1997, then played 2 seasons (1998-99) with the Arena Football League's Houston Thunderbears before suffering a career-ending knee injury.
He prepped at Muir High, where he was on the football, baseball and track teams. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in baseball, but elected to play football at Michigan State.
He earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College in Albany (N.Y.) in 2006.
He was born Feb. 28, 1973. He and his wife, Tiffany, have a son, Cole, 2, and a newborn daughter, Kori.
His brother, Jason, is a junior cornerback at Idaho.