Tee Martin, the quarterback for Tennessee’s 1998 national championship team who then played in the NFL, is in his sixth year (2012-17) at USC as the wide receivers coach. He added the pass game coordinator duties in 2014. He was named the offensive coordinator at the end of the 2015 season. He joined the USC staff in February of 2012.
In 2016, USC was 20th nationally in total offense (477.1), as well as 11th in third down conversions (.478), 15th in first downs (322) and 25th in pass offense (276.4). USC had at least 400 yards of total offense in 11 games (including 500-plus 7 times) and scored at least 35 points in 8 games. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster moved up to fourth on USC’s career receptions list. USC played in the Rose Bowl.
In 2015, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was named All-Pac-12 first team. USC played in the 2015 Holiday Bowl. In 2015, he was named among the nation’s Top 10 recruiters by Sports Illustrated and Sporting News, as well as the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com.
In 2014, wide receiver Nelson Agholor made All-American first team and All-Pac-12 first team while catching 104 passes (third most in USC history) and he was a NFL draft first round selection, while wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was a Freshman All-American first teamer. USC was 15th nationally in passing offense. He was named the 2014 Scout.com Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year. USC played in the 2014 Holiday Bowl.
In 2013, wide receiver Marqise Lee became USC’s career receiving yardage leader and was an NFL second round pick. USC played in the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl.
In 2012, Lee won the Biletnikoff Award and was an All-American first teamer, plus he was a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Hornung Award and was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year as he set Pac-12 season records for receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,680) while leading the Pac-12 in receptions, receiving yards, all-purpose yards and kickoff returns. Wide receiver Robert Woods was a second round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. USC played in the 2012 Sun Bowl.
Martin, 38, spent the previous 2 years (2010-11) as the wide receivers coach at Kentucky. He also served as the passing game coordinator in 2011. In 2010, Wildcat wide receiver Randall Cobb was an All-American first teamer and NFL second round selection, while wide receiver Chris Matthews tied for the Southeastern Conference lead in touchdown catches. Kentucky played in the BBVA Compass Bowl that season.
Martin began his coaching career as the passing game coordinator at Morehouse College in 2006, when the Maroon Tigers had the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s top-ranked rushing, passing and total offense.
He then was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Cobb High in Kennesaw (Ga.) in 2007, helping the Warriors to a 10-1 record in the Class AAAAA ranks, and the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Atlanta (Ga.) High in 2008.
He spent 2009 as the quarterbacks coach at New Mexico.
Martin also was a coach for the Elite 11 Quarterback Camps (2007-08), Nike football training camps (2007-08) and the Nike Combine Tour (2008). He has mentored and evaluated more than 1,000 quarterbacks, including 30-plus Division I signees. He also created the "Dual Threat" Quarterback Camp and Academy in Atlanta in 2008.
In 2007 and 2008, he also was a college football analyst for the Comcast Sports Southeast's twice-weekly show, "Talking Football," and he did a weekly radio show about college football, "Hot Tee and Touchdowns," on the ESPN affiliate in Atlanta, 680 AM The Fan.
He prepped at Williamson High in Mobile (Ala.) and was named to the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
He was a 4-year (1996-99) letterman quarterback at Tennessee. After serving as Peyton Manning’s backup his first 2 years, he led the Volunteers to a 13-0 record in 1998, capped by the national championship following a Fiesta Bowl win over Florida State. He led Tennessee to another trip to the Fiesta Bowl in 1999 and was named All-SEC first team. He set NCAA game (since-tied 23 versus South Carolina) and season (since-broken 24) records for consecutive completions in 1998.
He was selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, beginning a 6-year pro career. After 2 seasons (2000-01) with the Steelers (Pittsburgh won the 2001 AFC Central Division title), he went to NFL Europe in 2002, when he led the Rhein Fire to a league-best 7-3 record and a berth in the World Bowl. He returned to the NFL with the Oakland Raiders in 2003, then moved to the Canadian Football League and spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
He received his bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2004 from the U.S. Sports Academy (through Tennessee).
He was born on July 25, 1978. His real first name is Tamaurice. He and his wife, Toya, have 2 sons, Kaden, 12, and Cannon, 4, and 16-year-old twins, daughter A'Yadra and son Amari. His wife is a recording artist with hit singles "I Do!" (2001) and "No Matta What (Party All Night)" (2002).
BIRTHDAY: July 25, 1978
FAMILY: Wife, Toya; Sons, Kaden, 11, and Cannon, 3; Twins, A'Yadra (daughter),15, and Amari (son), 15
HIGH SCHOOL: Williamson HS, Mobile, Ala.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, sports management, Tennessee (U.S. Sports Academy), 2004
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Williamson HS, Mobile, Ala.
Tennessee, quarterback, 1996-99
Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback, 2001-02
Rhein Fire, quarterback, 2002
Oakland Raiders, quarterback, 2003
Winnipeg Blue Bombers, quarterback, 2004-05
COACHING EXPERIENCE: 11 years
NFL STARS: Randall Cobb, Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, Nelson Agholor