Aug. 9, 2004
UCLA head women's basketball coach Kathy Olivier announced today that former Bruin All-American Maylana Martin had been hired as a Bruin assistant coach. Martin, who had played in the WNBA and served as an assistant coach at the University of Portland since her playing days as a Bruin ended following the 2000 season, replaces Theon Carrier, who has departed to become a firefighter.
Martin, a four-year first-team all-conference performer at UCLA from 1997-2000, helped to lead the Bruins to three straight NCAA tournament appearances (1998-00). Her 1997-98 team made it to the second round, and her 1998-99 team advanced to the "Elite Eight." Martin was voted the 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year after leading the Bruins to the conference co-championship. She was named the 1997 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and went on to become one of just four players to be selected all-conference for four straight seasons. She earned first-team Kodak All-America honors in 1999 and was a 2000 second-team Sports Illustrated for Women All-American and Associated Press All-American.
Martin ranks second on the UCLA all-time scoring list. She finished her Bruin career ranked fourth on the all-time school list in blocks, field goal percentage and rebounds. She is one of only two Bruin women to record over 2,000 points (2,101) for her career. Martin ended her playing career ranked eighth on the all-time conference list for rebounds and sixth on the scoring list.
The 10th selection in the first round of the 2000 WNBA draft, Martin went on to play two seasons with the Minnesota Lynx (2000-2002) and also played for the Charlotte Sting. She left professional basketball to begin her collegiate coaching career with the University of Portland under head coach Jim Sollars in the summer of 2003. Her duties there included working with the post players, coordinating the defense, scouting, recruiting and camps.
Martin played high school basketball at Perris, CA High School and played on the 1996 USA Junior National team. As a prep senior, she was recognized as a first-team Parade Magazine All-American and a second-team USA Today All-American. She was selected Cal-Hi Sports California State Player of the Year in 1996.
"We are excited to have a former Bruin and someone of Maylana's caliber join the staff," said Olivier. "She is looking forward to working here at UCLA, and she gives our staff a really good blend, with everyone having their different strengths, which will make us better overall."