GREENVILLE, S.C. — As soon as Frank Martin got off the court Sunday night in Greenville, he ran to the front row of the South Carolina cheering section.
There, he hugged his wife, Anya Martin, and his kids before he went down the line hugging fans in a special moment for the Martin family.
“The last five years have been hard,” Martin said. “I haven’t been home. I’ve been trying to build a program, build a fan base and obviously recruiting. She’s moved into a community where she knew no one. She has handled our children and taken care of our home.
“She is my backbone. She’s been unbelievable and I needed to go over there and let them know how much I love them.”
Martin left his job at Kansas State five years ago, accepting the head coaching position at South Carolina. And on Sunday, the decision the family made to leave behind a life and start a new one saw the culmination of a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice.
“Five years ago, I believed in the people that spoke to me about this job,” Martin said. “My wife was very comfortable with the community that we were in. She never hesitated. She’s a tax accountant by trade. She gave up her career to help me chase it when I was an underpaid assistant coach.”
— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) March 20, 2017