In a season where expectations were not as high as usual, the Seminoles have reached another 40 win season, the 36th under head coach Mike Martin. Florida State has won seven straight games which include an ACC Tournament Championship, a regional sweep in their home stadium and are two wins away from another Omaha appearance.
This was the official release from FSU:
Mike Martin Receives Contract Extension
The Seminole baseball coach has amassed over 1,850 wins in 36 seasons at Florida State.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox announced Wednesday that Seminole baseball coach Mike Martin has signed a two-year contract extension and will coach FSU through the 2017 baseball season.
Martin is in his 36th season as FSU's head coach and the Seminoles will meet the University of Florida in Gainesville this weekend in an NCAA Super Regional with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
"I am pleased to announce that Mike Martin will continue to coach our baseball program through the 2017 season," said Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox. "His remarkable record and long list of achievements speak for themselves and have firmly established him as one of the greatest coaches in college baseball history. What Coach Martin perhaps does not get enough credit for nationally is his unwavering commitment to producing young men who know how to be successful leaders in their community once their athletic careers have ended."
Martin's Seminoles, who won their sixth ACC Championship in Durham two weeks ago and advanced from an NCAA Regional in Tallahassee on Monday, are 44-19 on the year.
"It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to continue my coaching career at Florida State University," said Mike Martin. "I am truly thankful for the faith that our administration at Florida State has in me to continue to lead this baseball program. The last 36 years have been truly a blessing for me and my family and I couldn't envision being anywhere else. Florida State does not owe me anything, my family and I owe everything to Florida State. I love my alma mater and will always bleed Garnet & Gold."
Martin has 1,857 career victories, a .741 winning percentage that ranks second among all active Division I coaches, 36 consecutive NCAA regional tournament appearances and 15 trips to the College World Series. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
"Mike Martin's hall of fame career at Florida State has served as a great example to our student-athletes, of course, but it has reached far beyond just that group," said FSU President John Thrasher. "His ability to lead our baseball team to consistent success at the very highest level year after year, and to do so while maintaining high integrity throughout his program, makes him a leader that our faculty, staff, students and alumni are especially proud of."
Only one other coach has won more games at the Division I level than Martin, who has been associated with the Seminoles for 43 of the program's 68 seasons - as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Since the start of the 2000 season, Florida State has won more games (778) and posted the highest winning percentage (.733) than any other program. No Division I school has more top 10 finishes by Collegiate Baseball than Florida State's 19 since 1990.
Interesting note here is that his previous contract was for three years and this one is only for two. When his contract expires in 2017 he will be 73 years old, one would think this might be his last go around before passing the torch.