Chad Martinovich completed his ninth season as the head coach at MIT in 2017, guiding the Engineers to a 7-3 overall record and a 5-2 mark in NEWMAC play. He came to Cambridge in 2009 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. In 2014, the Engineers claimed the NEFC Championship with a 10-1 overall record that earned him 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 accolades. MIT earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2014, advancing to the second round of the tournament after a first-round road victory at Husson University.
In 2017, the Engineers were tied for third in the nation in fewest sacks allowed with just five for the season while also averaging 26.8 points per game and nearly 400 yards of total offense. Over his career at MIT, Martinovich has coached a pair of All-Americans, 16 All-Region honorees, four All-New England performers and 63 All-Conference players. His team has also 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 earned Academic All-Conference honors as well.
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.