By Abby Cloud | Photo: Haylee Blitch / Florida State University Baseball
It’s no secret that Florida State University’s baseball team has turned some heads this season. With a fluctuating season full of wins and losses, this team is now leading FSU to the 2019 NCAA College World Series for Head Coach Mike Martin’s 40th and final year coaching at the school.
In a 6-game win streak as they surpassed Florida Atlantic University, the University of Georgia, and Louisiana State University, FSU Baseball finessed their way back to Omaha for the 23rd time. In his press conference after their win 5-4 against LSU, Coach Martin can be seen sporting a black “Omaha Bound” baseball cap after the joyous celebration on the field with his team after Drew Mendoza’s walk off win.
In his 40 years with FSU baseball, Mike Martin has made his mark and more on FSU athletics. Just last year in 2018, Martin was named the all-time winning coach in college baseball history with 1,976 wins. Martin now has over 2,000 career wins after the ‘Noles beat Virginia Tech 5-2 in early March 2019. He is the first coach in the NCAA to complete such a huge milestone, and all of these wins have taken place at Florida State University.
Mike Martin’s affiliation with FSU goes beyond his career as head coach. Martin transferred to FSU and graduated in 1966. In 1971, he earned his Master’s Degree from the school. His coaching career kicked off as head basketball coach at Tallahassee Community College; he also spent 3 seasons over at Godby High School coaching basketball. After Woody Woodward was hired as coach for FSU baseball in 1975, Mike Martin joined the baseball staff as his assistant for four years. Martin also served under Dick Howser for a year. In 1980, Martin began his own legacy at FSU as head baseball coach.
In his press conference after claiming victory at Super Regionals against LSU, Martin gave a heartfelt reaction to their win. “I’ll always have that view in my mind of those guys leaping over the wall of the dugout and running to the plate,” he recalls. “Four of my favorite words are “See you in Omaha,”” Martin joked.
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