Marty Fine | New Mexico Highlands University

Team: New Mexico Highlands University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Head Coach


Marty Fine is entering his third season as the New Mexico Highlands head football coach. The Cowboys have gone 6-16 in Fine's first two seasons - including 4-7 in 2018 (the most wins for the program in a season since 2012), moving his overall record to 96-88.

Fine came to NMHU from Bryant University - where he started at in 2004. In his first season he posted a .500 record, but everyone around the program saw the direction he was taking the team. Being an assistant coach at Iowa State University, he brought the drive and expectations of a Division I program with him. During the next two seasons under Fine the team posted 7-3, and a 8-3 records (0-1 in playoffs).

Under Fine, Bryant brought in many Division I transfers the most notable is Lorenzo Perry, a transfer from UMass Amherst. Perry in just two years broke almost all the rushing records at the university. He was also a finalist in the Harlen Hill Award, the Heisman Trophy for Division II, and while he did not win it, he did make the NCAA All-American Team.

The biggest move in the Fine era was the move to Division I. Under coach Fine they had three consecutive winning seasons before the move to Division I. The team also had its longest win streak at seven straight. All these accomplishments set the team up perfectly for the transition. In 2008 the team began to give its first scholarships and began play in the top division of college athletics.

In 2009, Bryant joined the Northeast Conference and in the first year coach Fine went 5-6 overall and 4-4 in conference. From 2010-2016, Fine went 41-37 overall and 27-21 in the Northeast Conference.

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