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.
Congrats, coach! Well deserved for the performance Martin and his staff got out of the talent on hand. And for making the move to both rid the program of a toxic pitching coach and bring in an excellent replacement.