But one of Martin's newest friends and a candidate for a position on the staff will remain in Knoxville this weekend in the form of coordinator of video scouting Houston Fancher.
“Coach Fancher is definitely a guy I'm considering,'' Martin said Friday.
Martin, who was hired on Sunday after three years at Missouri State, has already added 30-year-old Jon Harris to the coaching staff. Harris joined Martin at Missouri State after a five years as an assistant at Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Martin still has two full-time assistant openings left to fill on his coaching staff, and the Vols need to hire a director of basketball operations.
UT also has two graduate assistant positions open, but it remains to be seen if the program will maintain its assistant to the head coach position formerly held by Marc Pancratz.
The 45-year-old Fancher was coach at Appalachian State from 2000-09, resigning after a 137-136 coaching record that included a school-record 25-win season in 2006-07 and Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2002-03.
Fancher served as UT's interim head coach after Bruce Pearl was fired on March 21.
“It would be an honor for me and my family to stay at the University of Tennessee and work for someone as well-respected as Coach Martin,'' Fancher said. “As a Tennessee native, that's something I would certainly embrace if given the opportunity.“
Fancher is a native of Newport and attended Middle Tennessee State. His coaching stints included four years as an assistant coach at Maryville College (1988-92), three years as coach at Division ll North Greenville (1992-95), a season as an assistant at Vanderbilt (1995-96) and four years as an assistant at Appalachian State, the final two years as associate head coach before he was promoted to head coach.
Martin is still considering assistant coaches at Missouri State for his Tennessee staff, though that could depend on who the Bears hire as coach.
Kent Williams was an assistant to Martin at Missouri State and remains a potential candidate for a coaching position or the director of basketball operations slot at UT.
Williams finished his high school career as the all-time leading scorer at Mt. Vernon (Ill.) before playing at Southern Illinois (1999-2003) where he led the Salukis in scoring all four years and finished as the program's second all-time leading scorer.
Williams, 29, played at Southern Illinois under Bruce Weber – a prominent member of Gene Keady's Purdue coaching tree – and Boilermakers coach Matt Painter was also on the SIU staff.
From there, Williams played a season in the NBA Development League, leading the league in 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage, and he was supervisor of basketball operations at Purdue from 2005-08 before joining Martin at Missouri State.
Former UT standout Dane Bradshaw has met with Martin about possibly attaining a position on UT's staff, too.
Bradshaw, 26, played for the Vols from 2003-07 and was named to UT's 20-member All-Century team in 2009.
Bradshaw has no collegiate coaching experience but has served as a team captain on every team he has played on and has run youth coaching camps and clinics.