Martin has hired Jon Harris and Kent Williams for his Tennessee staff after the pair spent the past three seasons as his assistants at Missouri State. Before their first season together in 2008-09, Martin had never been a head coach and Harris and Williams had never been assistants.
"It takes time as a head coach to figure out what you want and how the guys on your staff are going to work," Williams said Monday. "Now coming here, he knows what to expect from us and we know what to expect from him."
Williams arrived in Knoxville on Sunday and has already joined Harris, who was hired on Thursday, in contacting recruits. Both said they're quickly trying to get to know the current Vols players while bringing new ones to the program.
Martin last week released signee Kevin Ware, a guard from Conyers, Ga., from his letter of intent. He'll have at least four scholarships positions to fill and as many as six, should junior guard Scotty Hopson and freshman forward Tobias Harris choose to enter the NBA draft.
"The recruiting scene is so competitive that as a staff you've got to have a close-knit group," Harris said. "We trust each other. The loyalty is there, and we really know what we're getting with each other. I think that's half the battle going forward."
In addition to his three years at Missouri State, Harris, 30, has also worked as an assistant at Wisconsin-Green Bay for five seasons and Marquette for one season. He was a forward at Marquette from 1997-2002.
Williams also served as supervisor of basketball operations at Purdue in 2008, while Martin was an assistant coach there. He was a guard at Southern Illinois from 1999 to 2003.
Martin, who was hired by Tennessee on March 27, will add at least two more staff members.