Demetrice Martin heading to Arizona

Defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin watches over warmups during training camp in 2016 in San Bernardino. (Photo by Rachel Luna/San Bernardino Sun, SCNG)

Former UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin made his new job Twitter official on Tuesday, changing his Twitter avatar to a photo of Arizona’s block A and adding Arizona’s #BearDown slogan to his biography.

The move was reported last week by the Arizona Daily Star. Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin, who took the job after being fired from Texas A&M, has yet to officially announce his full coaching staff. (Update 3:25 p.m.) Here’s the final coaching staff. Martin will be coaching cornerbacks for the Wildcats and will coach with former UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and former UCLA quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone.

Martin will be coaching at his fourth Pac-12 school having already previously worked at Washington and USC. He was a noted recruiter for the Bruins while coaching defensive backs for the past six seasons but not retained by Chip Kelly. The Pasadena native was well-liked by players and roped in one of the top defensive backs classes in the country last year with five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes and four-star prospect Elijah Gates.

Martin will return to the Rose Bowl on Oct. 20 with the Wildcats.

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  • Richard

    Thanks for the memories and good luck except against us.

    Prob w/ him was he was too well liked / not enough discipline or accountability & couldn’t recruit tall CBs or big strong Safties.