St. John's hires new assistant coach

St. John's announced Friday that Darrick Martin has been hired as the team's new assistant basketball coach under Steve Lavin.

Current assistants Rico Hines and Tony Chiles have also been promoted. Martin fills the opening left on the staff when Mike Dunlap left St. John's to become the new head coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.

"Coach Hines and Coach Chiles are clearly deserving of this promotion," said Lavin in a statement. "From the outset of my tenure at St. John's, these two talented coaches have been tirelessly working alongside me, and their contributions have been vital to our efforts as we diligently work toward putting the Johnnies in position to be a consistent winner."

Martin spent 13 years playing point guard in the NBA, from 1994 to 2008, following his college career at UCLA (where he played for Lavin, an assistant at the time). Most recently, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach and player development specialist with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009 to 2011.

"I have known Darrick personally for more than 20 years, and our staff is pleased he has chosen to become a member of the Johnnies' basketball family," Lavin said. "With our current team being one of the youngest in school history, the timing is ideal for Darrick to join forces with our staff to assist in our efforts to return St. John's to college basketball prominence."