Buford boys basketball coach Eddie Martin, left, talks with Caleb Blackwell during a Wolves game.

Gwinnett basketball fixture Eddie Martin is still in retirement from head coaching, but he will be on a sideline for the 2021-22 high school season.

The Mill Creek boys basketball program announced Tuesday that Martin has joined the staff as a varsity assistant coach.

Martin, 65, retired from head coaching in late April after six seasons as head boys coach at Buford, where he went 139-36 with two state championships. The Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Famer has a career record of 852-263 with nine total state titles in a career that began in 1981 at Brookwood.

He coached at Brookwood for 20 seasons, then won three state championships at Norcross and four more at Greater Atlanta Christian. The Central Gwinnett grad has coached basketball for 42 seasons, 39 as head coach, in Gwinnett. He began his career as an assistant at Lawrenceville Middle, then at GAC.

Joining the Mill Creek staff is a good fit for several reasons. Martin and his wife Malinda live in the district, and Mill Creek head boys coach David Allen was an assistant for Martin at Brookwood.

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Sports Editor for the Gwinnett Daily Post and Regional Sports Director for Southern Community Newspapers, Inc. A Gwinnett native documenting Gwinnett County sports with the GDP since 1997.

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