Chad Martinovich enters his ninth season as the head coach at MIT in 2017. He made the trek to Cambridge from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he served as the defensive coordinator for four years.
Since arriving in Cambridge, Martinovich has steadily built MIT football into one of the fastest improving programs in the region. Martinovich has seen win totals rise as well, culminating in a 10-1 record in 2014 that earned him the NEFC Coach of the Year, New England Football Writers College Division Coach of the Year, ECAC Coach of the Year and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region I Division III Coach of the Year honors. The Engineers earned the program’s first-ever NCAA berth in 2014, advancing to the second round of the tournament after a first-round road victory over Husson University.
Martinovich joined the RPI 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.
Martinovich resides in Natick, Mass., with his wife, Erin, and their children, Hailey and Tyler.