Courtney Martinez is in her first season as an assistant coach in the Iowa State softball program. Martinez joined the Cyclone softball family from UNLV, where she had served as the associate head softball coach.
Martinez, who joined the UNLV coaching staff in 2015 as an assistant, was elevated to associate head coach after just one season with the Rebels. During her time at UNLV, Martinez specialized in mentoring the Rebel infield and the team’s hitting instruction, as well as her responsibilities in recruiting.
“I am grateful to Coach Pinkerton and Iowa State for this opportunity to be a part of the Cyclone family,” Martinez said when she was hired. “Coach Pinkerton has a proven ability to create winning traditions in every program he has worked with throughout his career. I am excited to be a part of his staff and to bring my experiences to his vision for the future of the Iowa State softball program.”
Martinez came to UNLV after two seasons as an assistant at CSU Bakersfield, where she helped the program transition from independent status into the Western Athletic Conference. One year after a sixth-place finish in the team's inaugural season in the WAC, CSUB moved up to fourth in 2015 and claimed runner-up status at the conference's postseason tournament. Under her watch, six student-athletes were named All-WAC, and four were chosen for WAC All-Tournament recognition. In addition, Kelsie Monroe earned the WAC's Pitcher of the Year honors as well as a nod on the NFCA's All-Pacific Region Third Team. In the classroom, the team had 11 individuals earn WAC All-Academic honors and five more selected as NFCA Scholar-Athletes.
The Chino Hills, Calif., native played four years (2006-09) at Cal State Fullerton where she started 217 games and helped the team to four straight NCAA Regionals and one Super Regional in 2007. The Big West recognized her twice when she was named its Player of the Week (2007) and as a Second Team selection (2009). During her senior season, she led the team in batting average (.327), on-base percentage (.402) and slugging percentage (.584). She concluded her career ranked in the top 10 in triples, sacrifice flies, sacrifice bunts and fielding assists.
She played internationally in Italy with Nuoro.
Her coaching career began with two stints as a volunteer assistant at Cal State Fullerton (2009-10) and Azusa Pacific (2010-11). She was promoted to an assistant position at Azusa Pacific in Sept. 2011, where she also served as an academic mentor, athletic compliance assistant and as an assistant supervisor for the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Martinez received her undergraduate degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton in 2009. She earned her master’s degree in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific four years later.