Jan. 10, 2007
Orlando, FL - Legendary Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin has been honored in almost every way imaginable in his 27-year career as the FSU baseball head coach. He is a 10-time conference coach of the year. He has led his FSU teams to 27 consecutive NCAA Regionals, coached in 12 College World Series and won 15 conference championships. Hundreds of his players have won all-conference and All-American honors and 13 have been first round draft picks. As proud as he is of all those accomplishments, his induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this past weekend in Orlando may have topped them all.
"It was a very humbling experience," said Martin of his enshrinement. "I was overwhelmed with joy. I got a chance to see people I haven't seen in a long time. It was very exciting. Rod Delmonico from Tennessee was there. I saw Duane Banks from Iowa who is a retired coach. It makes you reflect on so many things. This job has been an unbelievable blessing for me and my family. It has to do with the relationships I have accumulated over the years and it seems all are in the area of baseball."
Martin was enshrined in the ABCA/Louisville Slugger Hall of Fame Friday night at the annual convention held this year in Orlando. The Seminole coach was one of nine men enshrined in the hall this year. Martin was joined by his family and friends at the induction ceremony.
"It was an exhilarating experience," said Martin. "We had a great weekend. We took the grandchildren to Disney World. I really had the time of my life. Looking back on the 33 years that I have enjoyed working in this program. I am looking forward to many more."
As his 28th season gets under way in three weeks, Martin continues to cement his legacy as one of collegiate baseball's most prolific coaches. In just the last year alone the Seminole coach won his 1,400th game. The Florida State graduate is one of just eight baseball coaches in the history of the NCAA to win 1,400 games and with just 11 more wins he will pass two more coaches and move into the top five for victories in the history of the sport.
Martin has become the face of Florida State baseball having been associated with the Seminoles for 35 of FSU's 60 seasons. He is by far the winningest coach in the history of the program. Of the 3,205 baseball games played in program history, Martin has been involved in 2,316 as a player, assistant coach and head coach. What is even more impressive is that Martin has been at FSU for 1,719 of the 2,330 all-time baseball victories. In one way or another Mike Martin has been a part of almost 74% of Florida State's victories.
Martin has led the Seminoles to 12 College World Series appearances and 27 consecutive NCAA Regional Appearances, one for each year he has been on the bench. He has won 15 conference championships since taking over as head coach in 1980 with 11 from the Metro Conference and four in the ACC. He was a six-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year and has been the ACC Coach of the Year four times as well. Fifty-six Florida State players have earned All-America honors under Martin and 108 players earned first team all-conference recognition. He has coached four players, Mike Fuentes, Mike Loynd, J.D. Drew and Shane Robinson, who were named national players of the year.
For the past 27 seasons, Martin hasn't just produced great players he has developed great teams. Florida State has grown into one of the most prestigious collegiate baseball programs in the NCAA under Martin's guidance. FSU baseball is the second-winningest program all-time but since 2000 no school has won more games than Martin's Seminoles. No other Division I school has finished in the top 10 more times, compiled more 50+ win seasons or gone to more NCAA Regionals since 2000 as well.
The most important thing about Mike Martin's teams is that they have won with class, a direct reflection of the man who leads Seminole baseball. In just three season of presenting The ACC Sportsmanship Award, Martin's Seminoles have won it twice. His team has been in the top three in the ACC for overall GPA and six Seminoles were named to the All-ACC Academic Team as they posted a GPA of at least 3.0 in both semesters last academic year.
This January's induction into the ABCA Hall of Fame was the ultimate honor for Martin or any collegiate baseball coach but it wasn't the first time the legendary head coach has been so honored. He was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus at Wingate University in 2004 and then awarded the highest honor accorded by the Florida State Alumni Association when he was presented with the Bernard F. Sliger Award for Service.