Marty Fletcher

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Marty Fletcher
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1951-03-06) March 6, 1951 (age 66)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
19??–19?? DeMatha Catholic HS (assistant)
1978–1982 NC State (assistant)
1982–1986 VMI
1986–1997 Louisiana–Lafayette
1997–2001 Denver
2001–2004 UCCS (women's HC)
2003–2004 UCCS (men's HC)
Head coaching record
Overall 251–320
Accomplishments and honors
Sun Belt Conference Tournament Champions (2)
(1992, 1994)

Martin P. "Marty" Fletcher (born March 6, 1951) is an American retired college basketball coach. Coaching for over twenty seasons from the early 1980s to the 2004, Fletcher led three different Division I schools while winning two conference regular season and tournament championships while collecting over 250 total wins.[1] During the 2003–04 season, Fletcher was the only coach in Division I or Division II to be the head coach for a school's men's and women's teams.[2] That year, he took over the University of Colorado Colorado Springs' (UCCS) men's team for one season while also spending his third year in charge of the women's team.[2]

He is a 1973 graduate of the University of Maryland.

Coaching career[edit]

Fletcher first became a head coach in 1982 for the Virginia Military Institute following the departure of his predecessor Charlie Schmaus. Schmaus had led the Keydets to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1977 and a 26–4 record, their best in school history.[3] The team was led by future VMI Hall of Famer and NBA player Ron Carter. Despite the initial success, however, by the time Fletcher took over, the Keydets were coming off a 1–25 season and had only won five times in the past two years.[3] In their first season under their new head coach, VMI continued to struggle with a 2–25 record, but showed significant improvement the following year and achieved a winning record by 1985 at 16–14. Fletcher then left the school the next season, leaving VMI with a .330 winning percentage.

Fletcher's most endured period of success came at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as Louisiana. As the Ragin' Cajuns head coach for eleven years, he led the school to a regular season and tournament championship in 1992 in their inaugural Sun Belt Conference season, as well as another tournament title in 1994.[1] Seven of Fletcher's eleven years at Lafayette produced winning seasons.

Fletcher then left for the Denver Pioneers, who were a Division II school at the time of his arrival. He assisted the program in its transition to Division I and the Sun Belt, but could not produce a winning season at Denver. He left the school following the conclusion of the 2000–01 season.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Note: These are for his college men's teams only. His time as UCCS's women's coach is not included in these records.

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
VMI Keydets (Southern Conference) (1982–1986)
1982–83 VMI 2–25 1–15 9th
1983–84 VMI 8–19 4–12 9th
1984–85 VMI 16–14 7–9 T–5th
1985–86 VMI 11–17 5–11 7th
VMI: 37–75 17–47
Southwestern Louisiana (Independent) (1986–1987)
1986–87 Southwestern LA 11–17
Southwestern Louisiana (American South Conference) (1987–1991)
1987–88 Southwestern LA 12–16 3–7 6th
1988–89 Southwestern LA 17–12 4–6 4th
1989–90 Southwestern LA 20–9 4–6 4th
1990–91 Southwestern LA 21–10 6–6 4th
Southwestern Louisiana (Sun Belt Conference) (1991–1997)
1991–92 Southwestern LA 21–11 12–4 1st NCAA Round of 32
1992–93 Southwestern LA 17–13 11–7 3rd
1993–94 Southwestern LA 22–8 13–5 2nd NCAA Round of 64
1994–95 Southwestern LA 7–22 4–14 9th
1995–96 Southwestern LA 16–12 9–9 5th
1996–97 Southwestern LA 12–16 9–9 7th
Southwestern Louisiana: 176–146 75–73
Denver (Division II) (1997–1998)
1997–98 Denver 7–20
Denver (Independent) (1998–1999)
1998–99 Denver 10–17
Denver (Sun Belt Conference) (1999–2001)
1999–00 Denver 6–22 3–13 8th
2000–01 Denver 10–18 5–11 5th (West)
Denver: 33–77 8–24
UCCS (Division II) (1997–1998)
2003–04 UCCS 5–22 (West)
UCCS: 5–22
Total: 251–320

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion