Martin was hired to lead the Kohawk men's basketball program in the summer of 2012. Martin comes to Coe after spending the past four years as the associate head coach at the University of North Dakota.
Martin played a key role in North Dakota's transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I. In the Fighting Sioux's last two years in the Great West Conference, they won the league title. Martin also served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. In 2011, North Dakota led the nation in scoring output by freshmen. ESPN ranked the 2010 North Dakota recruiting class as the top class in the Great West Conference.
Prior to working at North Dakota, Martin was the head coach at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). After inheriting a 5-26 squad from the previous season, the Trojans won 15 games and advanced to the regional semifinals in Martin's first year. During his second season, NIACC set a school record for regular season victories, as they were 23-8 with another appearance in the regional semifinals. Martin also served as an admissions counselor during his time at NIACC.
Martin also has had coaching stints at Indian Hills Community College, Simpson College and the University of South Dakota. During his time at Indian Hills, he helped produce 14 NCAA Division I players and had a top 10 NJCAA ranking in 2002 and 2003. While at South Dakota, he helped the squad to back-to-back North Central Conference Championships in 2000 and 2001, while advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2000.
During his collegiate days, Martin played two seasons at Morningside College. He helped the Mustangs to the 1995 North Central Region Championship, along with an appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. He was inducted in the Morningside Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. Martin graduated from Simpson College in 1999. In his three years in Indianola, the Storm compiled a 60-19 record. After helping the Storm to the 1998 Iowa Conference Championship, Martin was a team captain his senior year.
Martin resides in Cedar Rapids with his wife, Angie. The couple has three children, twins Pearson and Evan, and Kellen.
Freeman joined the Kohawk coaching staff in 2013. Before returning to his hometown, he served in various capacities at NCAA Division I Idaho for six seasons. Freeman arrived at Idaho in 2007 and served as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations for the 2007-08 season. He was promoted to assistant coach in 2008 as part of head coach Don Verlin’s first coaching staff at Idaho.
He helped the Vandals earn three top-three WAC finishes and three postseason bids as an assistant coach. During that time, Idaho earned two of its three postseason victories.
Freeman came to Idaho from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., where he was an assistant coach during the 2006-07 season. The team was ranked in the top 10 for 12 consecutive weeks, reached as high as fourth in the country and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. He coached the Basketball Times NAIA Player of the Year in Ivan Jenkins, who was the second overall pick in the 2007 CBA Draft.
Freeman graduated from Iowa in 2006 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Sports Studies. He also earned a certificate in Entrepreneurship. While at Iowa, he was the student manager for the men’s basketball team from 2001-2006 during which time the Hawkeyes earned trips to three NITs and two NCAA Tournaments. In 2005-06, Iowa earned a 25-9 overall record, which was the second-most wins in school history. The team also finished undefeated at home for the first time in school history at 17-0 and earned a three seed at the NCAA Tournament.
Freeman resides in Cedar Rapids with his wife, Jana, and son, Landon.
Paxton Molinari joined the Coe men's basketball coaching staff in June of 2015. Molinari comes to Coe after spending the 2014-15 season as a graduate assistant at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. The Ravens went 24-9 on the year, as they qualified for the NAIA Division I National Championship Tournament.
Prior to his time at Benedictine, Molinari spent the 2013-14 season as the top assistant at Nebraska Wesleyan. The Prairie Wolves had four All-GPAC selections, as they led the nation in assists-to-turnovers ratio.
Molinari is a 2013 graduate of Luther College. During his time in Decorah, he spent three years as a student-assistant under Mark Franzen after his playing career was cut short. The Norse won two Iowa Conference regular season championships during his time, as Franzen was named the IIAC Coach of the Year twice. Molinari also spent time assisting the USA Basketball Junior National Team, where he was on the support team for coaches Billy Donovan, Shaka Smart and Frank Martin.
Molinari, and his wife Hanna, reside in Coralville.