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Mike Martz

Head Coach, Alliance San Diego

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Mike Martz played tight end at San Diego Mesa College, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Fresno State University before graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972. The following year his coaching career began at Bullard High School in Fresno, California. From 1974 to 1991, he was an assistant coach at seven colleges and universities, including eight years at Arizona State University.

In 1992, Martz made his NFL debut as quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams. In 1995, when the team moved to St. Louis, he moved to wide receivers coach. Martz left the Rams in 1997 to become quarterbacks coach for Washington before returning to St. Louis in 1999 as offensive coordinator.

From 1999-2005, Martz led one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history, a St. Louis Rams side nicknamed “The Greatest Show on Turf.” In his first season as offensive coordinator, the Rams were the number one ranked offense in the league, accumulating 526 points, the fourth highest in NFL history. Martz played an instrumental role in the development of Kurt Warner, and the historic season ended with a Super Bowl victory over the Tennessee Titans. Warner earned Super Bowl MVP honors.

Martz was named head coach in 2000 following the retirement of Dick Vermeil. In his first season at the helm, Martz led the Rams to a 10–6 regular season record and a playoff appearance. The Rams returned to the top of the NFC in 2001, securing a division title with a 14-2 record. The Rams defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship, making a return to the Super Bowl. In a tightly contested matchup, the Rams fell to the New England Patriots. In five seasons as head coach, Martz compiled a 56–36 record, captured two division titles and reached the playoffs four times, including a trip to Super Bowl XXXVI.

Following his run with the St. Louis Rams, Martz went on to serve as offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. He retired from coaching on the professional level following the 2012 season.

Since 2015, Martz has served as the head coach of the National Team for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which features some of the nation's top draft-eligible players. Martz's team has won in each of his four appearances as head coach.

 

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