Mike Martin (baseball coach)

Mike Martin
Martin (#11) makes a mound visit during the 2010 College World Series.
Sport(s) College baseball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Florida State University
Playing career
1965-1966 Florida State

Mike Martin, Sr. (born February 12, 1944) is the FSU baseball coach. Martin is the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball history, and second in all-time winning percentage. Heading into the 2006 season, Martin had compiled a record of 1,391 wins, 472 losses and four ties over 26 seasons of collegiate coaching. Ten games into his 26th season, on February 25, 2006, he became the 8th coach to reach 1,400 collegiate baseball wins and only the 3rd coach in Division I to accomplish the feat.

Martin is currently the coach of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team, where he has coached for the last 29 seasons and amassed a record of 1391-472-4 prior to the 2006 campaign.

Martin, himself a graduate of Florida State in 1966, began his collegiate playing career at Wingate Junior College where he was a Junior College All-American. He then transferred to Florida State where he played from 1965-1966. During his years as the center fielder at Florida State, Martin hit .354, and earned all-District honors in his senior season and played in the 1965 College World Series. After his college career was over, Martin played professional baseball in the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers minor league organizations for three seasons before beginning his career in coaching.

Martin began his career in coaching at the junior high school level. His first stint as a college coach, surprisingly came in a different sport, basketball when Martin became the head basketball coach at Tallahassee Community College.

It was in 1975, when Woody Woodward took over the head coaching job at Florida State, that Martin would be reunited with his alma mater. Martin served as an assistant coach under Woodward for four seasons, and then for another season under Dick Howser. Howser would get his chance to manage the New York Yankees and Martin stepped into the head coaching role at Florida State in 1980.

Though Martin's teams have yet to win a national title, his tenure at Florida State is marked with many honors and feats. Only one team in college baseball, the University of Miami, has been to more consecutive NCAA Tournaments than Florida State, who have, as of the 2005 season, made 28 straight postseason appearances. Martin's Seminoles have won four Atlantic Coast Conference championships and have appeared in 12 College World Series.

Martin's players, which include many college and professional standouts such as Deion Sanders, J. D. Drew, Doug Mientkiewicz, Jody Reed, Paul Wilson and Buster Posey, have excelled as well. 62 of Martin's players have been named All-Americans, five have been named national player of the year, three have won the Golden Spikes Award, considered to be the most prestigious individual award in amateur baseball, and one has won the Dick Howser Trophy, considered to be the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for baseball.

Dedicated in 2005, Florida State's baseball team plays on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Florida State (Metro Conference) (1980–1991)
1980 Florida State 51-12 College World Series
1981 Florida State 56-23 NCAA Regional
1982 Florida State 56-17-1 NCAA Regional
1983 Florida State 55-18-1 10-4 NCAA Regional
1984 Florida State 55-29 15-3 NCAA Regional
1985 Florida State 59-23 17-6 NCAA Regional
1986 Florida State 61-13 15-3 College World Series
1987 Florida State 56-18 14-4 College World Series
1988 Florida State 50-18-1 12-6 NCAA Regional
1989 Florida State 54-18 14-4 College World Series
1990 Florida State 57-15 17-4 NCAA Regional
1991 Florida State 57-14 15-5 College World Series
Florida State (Metro): 666-218-3
Florida State (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1992–Present)
1992 Florida State 49-21 16-7 2nd College World Series
1993 Florida State 46-19 14-9 3rd NCAA Regional
1994 Florida State 53-22 14-9 4th College World Series
1995 Florida State 53-16 16-7 2nd College World Series
1996 Florida State 52-17 19-5 1st College World Series
1997 Florida State 50-17 18-6 2nd NCAA Regional
1998 Florida State 53-20 18-4 1st College World Series
1999 Florida State 57-14 22-2 1st College World Series
2000 Florida State 53-19 15-9 3rd College World Series
2001 Florida State 47-19 20-4 1st NCAA Super Regional
2002 Florida State 60-14 18-6 1st NCAA Super Regional
2003 Florida State 54-13-1 19-5 1st NCAA Super Regional
2004 Florida State 46-23 16-8 3rd NCAA Super Regional
2005 Florida State 53-20 19-11 4th NCAA Super Regional
2006 Florida State 44-21 16-13 6th NCAA Regional
2007 Florida State 45-13 24-6 1st NCAA Regional
2008 Florida State 54-14 24-6 2nd College World Series
2009 Florida State 45-18 19-9 1st NCAA Super Regional
2010 Florida State 48-20 18-12 5th College World Series
2011 Florida State 45-19 19-11 5th NCAA Super Regional
Florida State (ACC): 1006-359-1 364-157
Total: 1672-577-4

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

See also

  • List of college baseball coaches with 1,000 wins

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