Mike Martin (baseball coach)
Martin in 2014
|Title||Head coach (baseball)|
|Born||February 12, 1944|
Wingate Junior College|
Florida State University (1966)
|1967||Winter Haven Mets|
|1968||Rocky Mount Leafs|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1971–1974||Godby HS (FL)|
|1975–1979||Florida State (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
13 Time Season champions 4 Metro (1986,1989,1990,1991)9 ACC (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2012)
6x Metro Conference Coach of the Year|
7x ACC Coach of the Year (1996, 1998–1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012)
College Baseball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2007
Michael D. Martin Sr. (born February 12, 1944) is the head baseball coach of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. Martin is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball history, and second in all-time winning percentage. After the 2018 season, Martin had compiled a record of 1,987 wins, 713 losses and four ties over 39 seasons of collegiate coaching. On May 5, 2018, Martin reached 1,976 career wins, surpassing legendary coach Augie Garrido.
Martin, a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, 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 to 1966 and graduated in 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 during the 1970–1971 season.
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". Florida State, as of the 2018 season, has made 41 straight postseason appearances (39 under Martin), the longest active streak in the country. Martin's Seminoles have won eight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships and have appeared in 16 College World Series. Of course, none of these appearances have culminated in an elusive national championship. This has led to derisive taunting that he is the "Lord of No Rings", made worse by the rival Florida Gators winning their first championship in 2017.
Martin's players, which include many college and professional standouts such as Deion Sanders, J. D. Drew, Doug Mientkiewicz, Stephen Drew, Paul Wilson, Lincoln R. "Link" Jarrett, and Buster Posey, have excelled as well. More than 70 of Martin's players have been named All-Americans, five have been named national player of the year, four have won the Golden Spikes Award, considered to be the most prestigious individual award in amateur baseball, and two have won the Dick Howser Trophy, J.D. Drew and Buster Posey, considered to be the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for baseball. Martin has won the ACC Coach of the Year award seven times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012).
On June 18, 2018, it was announced that Martin would retire following the 2019 season.
Head coaching record
|Florida State Seminoles (Metro Conference) (1980–1991)|
|1980||Florida State||51–12||5–2||College World Series|
|1981||Florida State||56–23||10–4||NCAA Regional|
|1982||Florida State||56–17–1||9–6||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 Runner-Up|
|1987||Florida State||55–18||19–4||College World Series|
|1988||Florida State||50–18–1||17–6||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||15–4||College World Series|
|Florida State (Metro):||666–218–3||163–50|
|Florida State Seminoles (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 Runner-Up|
|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||45–23||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 (T–2nd Atlantic)||NCAA Regional|
|2007||Florida State||45–13||21–6||1st (1st Atlantic)||NCAA Regional|
|2008||Florida State||54–14||24–6||2nd (1st Atlantic)||College World Series|
|2009||Florida State||45–18||19–9||1st (1st Atlantic)||NCAA Super Regional|
|2010||Florida State||48–20||18–12||5th (T–1st Atlantic)||College World Series|
|2011||Florida State||46–19||19–11||5th (1st Atlantic)||NCAA Super Regional|
|2012||Florida State||50–17||24–6||1st (1st Atlantic)||College World Series|
|2013||Florida State||47–17||20–10||3rd (1st Atlantic)||NCAA Super Regional|
|2014||Florida State||43–17||21–9||3rd (1st Atlantic)||NCAA Regional|
|2015||Florida State||44–21||17–13||4th (2nd Atlantic)||NCAA Super Regional|
|2016||Florida State||41–22||16–10||4th (2nd Atlantic)||NCAA Super Regional|
|2017||Florida State||46–23||14-14||8th (5th Atlantic)||College World Series|
|2018||Florida State||43–19||16-13||T-6th (4th Atlantic)||NCAA Regional|
|Florida State (ACC):||1321–495–1||489-224|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Coach Mike Martin To Be Honored By Wingate University Tonight". www.seminoles.com. Florida State University. October 22, 2004. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- "Eddie Barnes bio". www.tcceagles.com. Tallahassee Community College. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- "Florida State's Mike Martin to retire after 2018-19 season". www.tallahassee.com. Tallahassee Democrat. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- "Mike Martin Field Dedication Set To Take Place Saturday April 2". www.seminoles.com. Florida State University. March 18, 2005. Retrieved June 18, 2018.