Kimberly Martinez enters her fourth season as the top assistant coach for the Marshall volleyball program. Prior to joining the Thundering Herd, Martinez served as the head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for three seasons.
Martinez was hired as the head coach of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2006. At the time of her hiring, she was one of the youngest NCAA Division I coaches in the country at the age of 27. She coached the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, Christie Feliz, who ended her career as the school's all-time leader in kills-per-game (3.49).
Prior to Corpus Christi, Martinez served as the top assistant at UTEP for two seasons. For the Miners she served as the recruiting coordinator, defensive coordinator as well as the outside hitters coach. The Miners posted a 31-24 overall record, including a 21-10 mark in 2005.
In January 2005, Martinez was chosen to lead the Sun Country Region Youth High Performance team under the United States Volleyball Association. As co-head coach, she participated in the High Performance Coaches Clinic at the United States Olympic Training Center.
Martinez served as head coach at Caldwell High School in Caldwell, Texas, where she led the Lady Hornets to the 2003 3A State semifinals. She was named the District 18-3A Coach of the Year and the Brazos Valley Area Coach of the Year.
She served as an assistant coach at Rice during the 2002 season. During her tenure the Owls finished 18-16, including an 8-5 record in Western Athletic Conference action. They ranked first in the WAC Eastern Division and tied for fourth overall. During the past four years, she has coached on the USA Volleyball team and worked with various development teams for the national organization.
Martinez played at Texas A&M-Kingsville from 1996-99. After completing her eligibility, she stayed on as an assistant coach until 2001.
A Sugar Land, Texas native, Martinez graduated in 2001 from Texas A&M-Kingsville with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology.