California has hired Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin to replace Mike Montgomery and will announce the hire at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Martin has spent the past three seasons in Knoxville and led the Volunteers to the NCAA tournament this season. He was previously the coach at Missouri State. Montgomery, a former longtime Stanford coach, retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley. Cal was 21-14 this season and will lose seniors Justin Cobbs and Richard Solomon. Cal hasn't hired a head coach that spent the previous season as the head coach at another major conference school since 1954 when it brought in Pete Newell of Michigan State, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Newell went on to win the school's only national championship in 1959. Martin went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and NCAA regional semifinal appearance this season.
Cuonzo Martin bolts Tennessee for Cal
ESPN | Apr 15