Cambridge, Mass. (January 23) -- MIT football head coach Chad Martinovich has resigned his position with the Engineers to accept the football head coach position at the University of Rochester. A national search for his successor will begin immediately.
"I would like to express my thanks to Chad for his tireless effort and dedication to building the MIT football program during his nine seasons," said MIT athletic director Julie Soriero. "He has done a great job helping mold the lives of his student-athletes both on and off the field and conducting his program in a way that makes us proud here at MIT. I wish Chad and his family all the best in the next step of his career and thank him for what he has done for our team."
During his nine seasons at MIT, Martinovich turned the program into one of the fastest improving programs in the region. In 2017, he guided the Engineers to a 7-3 overall record and a 5-2 mark in NEWMAC play as the team ended the year with one All-Region honoree, eight All-Conference selections and two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
"It has been a privilege to lead the MIT football program for the past nine years," said Martinovich. "I believe the MIT administration will do what is needed to help continue the progress that we have made as a team and I wish the MIT football program nothing but success on and off the field next season."
Posting a record of 37-49 over his seasons, Martinovich had four winning seasons in Cambridge, including the 2014 NEFC Championship with an overall record of 10-1 and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He was named as the NEFC Coach of the Year, the New England Football Writers College Division Coach of the Year, the ECAC Coach of the Year and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region I Division III Coach of the Year. The Engineers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014, defeating Husson University to earn MIT's first NCAA Tournament victory in program history.
During his MIT career, Martinovich has coached a pair of All-Americans, 16 All-Region selections, four All-New England honorees and 63 All-Conference performers. His team has constantly excelled in the classroom with 17 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including seven First Team selections. In 2017, quarterback Udgam Goyal was selected as the CoSIDA Division III Football Academic All-America of the Year. Over his nine years, 327 MIT football student-athletes have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team as well.
Martinovich came to MIT from RPI, where he joined the Engineers coaching staff in 2004 as the offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach. The following year, he became the commander of the Engineers' defensive corps. Martinovich's defense ranked first in the Liberty League three straight years while the team qualified for the NCAA Championship Tournament in 2007. During his tenure, RPI was crowned the ECAC Bowl Champions three times.
Starting his coaching career as a defensive line coach at Bucknell in 1994, Martinovich moved to coach linebackers at Hamilton College (1995-97) before switching to the offensive side of the ball as the receivers coach at Albany in 1997. He then moved on to become the offensive coordinator at Swarthmore College (1998-00) and then back at Hamilton (2001-03). He has coached several All-Americans, numerous all-conference performers, and had a player earn a spot at an NFL training camp.
MIT - Chad Martinovich has resigned as the MIT football head coach to accept the head coaching position at the University of Rochester (N.Y.).