SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah Softball Head Coach Amy Hogue announced the newest addition to her staff on Wednesday in the person of former Iowa State associate head coach Courtney Martinez.
“We are so excited to welcome Courtney to our staff,” said Hogue. “She is someone with great leadership skills who is going to fit seamlessly into our program. Her experience coaching high-level athletes and expertise in hitting is going to be a great asset to our team.”
Martinez comes to Utah after six years at ISU, where her list of accomplishments include coaching a roster that reset the program’s single-season home run record three times, tutoring 2021 NFCA First-Team All-American Sami Williams and helping her squad win 37 games in 2019, the second-winningest season in program history. In 2021, Martinez’s hard work helped guide the Cyclones to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1988, where they advanced all the way to the regional final.
“I am incredibly excited to join the Utah family,” said Martinez. “I look forward to learning under the leadership of Coach Hogue and am thrilled at the opportunity to help continue building high-level success within the Utes program. Being part of a program with a quality group of alumni, staff, and players is an honor.
“I want to thank Iowa State for the last six years. The opportunities I was given to grow as a mentor and coach have undoubtedly put me in the position I am in today. The bonds I created with the players and staff will last forever. I am excited to be a Ute officially and can’t wait to get to work.”
Martinez was hired by the Cyclones from UNLV, where she had served as the associate head coach, a position she was elevated to after one season with the Rebels. During her time at UNLV, she specialized in mentoring the Rebel infield and instructing the team’s hitters, as well as handling responsibilities in recruiting.
Martinez arrived at UNLV after two seasons as an assistant at CSU Bakersfield, where she helped the program transition from independent status into the Western Athletic Conference. One year after a sixth-place finish in the team’s inaugural season in the WAC, CSUB moved up to fourth in 2015 and claimed runner-up status at the conference’s postseason tournament. Under her watch, six student-athletes were named All-WAC and four were chosen…