If you only know Frank Martin from watching the passionate coach during South Carolina basketball games, your image of him could easily be one-sided.
The fiery coach has used his demonstrative demeanor to extract the most out of a Gamecocks club which will look to continue its magical NCAA Tournament run tonight in the Sweet 16 vs. Baylor.
During games and practices, Martin’s soul piercing stares and emphatic yelling are an unmistakable sign of his tough love.
However, off the court Martin is much more mellow. Martin was kind enough to grant SEC Network access to a typical day at his home. The difference in personality between basketball Frank and family Frank is night and day. Martin is the ultimate family man as a devoted husband and thoughtful father. Martin is seen in the video helping his kids with their math homework.
“You guys got these fancy calculators now. We couldn’t use those back in my day,” Martin quipped.
When asked what her father is like at home in comparison to his image on the basketball court, his 11-year-old daughter Amalia said Martin is “a giant teddy bear.”
“He isn’t mad all the time,” Amalia said. “There’s times where he just wants to give everyone a giant hug.”
Martin is well aware of what his public perception is.
“The biggest misconception is that I’m negative because I’m loud,” Martin said. “I’m loud. I don’t apologize for being loud. I’m the most positive person you’ve been around. You can’t get anywhere by beating people down with negativity.”
His wife Anya set the record straight on the real Frank Martin.
“I think he gets unfairly judged because that’s not who he is once you get to know him,” she said. “He’s probably the nicest, kindest smartest guy you’ll ever meet.”
As Martin continues to grow the budding South Carolina program, he says having the love and support of his wife and kids along the way is what makes it all worth it.
“Being a father has helped me become a better coach and being a coach has helped me understand how to be a father,” Martin said.