June 29, 2012
DURHAM, N.C.—Long-time Florida State coach Mike Martin is Baseball America’s College Coach of the Year for the first time in his illustrious career.
Martin led the Seminoles to the 50-win plateau for the 24th time in his 33 years at the helm, and guided them to Omaha for the 15th time. This was one of his finest coaching jobs.
Pitching question marks caused the Seminoles to enter the season with modest expectations, ranked No. 20 in BA’s preseason Top 25. By April, they ascended to the top of the rankings and stayed there for seven weeks, en route to a runaway Atlantic Coast Conference title. They swept through regionals and super regionals to reach Omaha, where they won two games to finish as one of the final four teams standing.
Martin has been associated with Florida State baseball for 40 of its 65 seasons as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He has been involved with 1,990 of the program’s 2,603 victories, including the last 1,723 as head coach. He ranks third all-time in wins, and his .744 winning percentage is second among active coaches, behind only North Carolina’s Mike Fox.
Martin is just the second ACC coach to win BA’s Coach of the Year award, joining Fox, who won it in 2008.
COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS
1981—Ron Fraser, Miami
1982—Gene Stephenson, Wichita State
1983—Barry Shollenberger, Alabama
1984—Augie Garrido, Cal State Fullerton
1985—Ron Polk, Mississippi State
1986—Skip Bertman, Louisiana State
Dave Snow, Loyola Marymount
1987—Mark Marquess, Stanford
1988—Jim Brock, Arizona State
1989—Dave Snow, Long Beach State
1990—Steve Webber, Georgia
1991—Jim Hendry, Creighton
1992—Andy Lopez, Pepperdine
1993—Gene Stephenson, Wichita State
1994—Jim Morris, Miami
1995—Rod Delmonico, Tennessee
1996—Skip Bertman, Louisiana State
1997—Jim Wells, Alabama
1998—Pat Murphy, Arizona State
1999—Wayne Graham, Rice
2000—Ray Tanner, South Carolina
2001—Dave Van Horn, Nebraska
2002—Augie Garrido, Texas
2003—George Horton, Cal State Fullerton
2004—David Perno, Georgia
2005—Rick Jones, Tulane
2006—Pat Casey, Oregon State
2007—Dave Serrano, UC Irvine
2008—Mike Fox, North Carolina
2009—Paul Mainieri, Louisiana State
2010—Ray Tanner, South Carolina
2011—Kevin O’Sullivan, Florida