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Entering his 37th season as the Seminoles' head coach, Mike Martin continues to redefine success by any standard of measure. With 1,857 career victories, a .741 winning percentage that sits atop among all active NCAA Division I coaches, 36 consecutive regional tournament appearances and 15 trips to the College World Series, Martin's place in college baseball history is secure.
Martin, who owns the record for most NCAA Division I wins and trails only Texas' Augie Garrido (1,950) in all-time victories, is the the man whose uniform number – 11 – is universally substituted for his name among players, fans, colleagues, and even family members. He has been associated with the Seminoles for 44 of the program's 69 seasons - as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
In 2015, Florida State reached the NCAA Tournament for the 38th straight time and 53rd time in program history-both marks sit as the second most nationally-after capturing its sixth ACC Championship. Florida State also finished the year ranked in the top 15 in the national polls for the 30th time since 1980 - Martin's first year as head coach.
In 2012, the long-time coach was recognized as Baseball America's College Coach of the Year for the first time in his illustrious career.
With Martin at the helm since 1980, the Seminoles have won 17 conference championships with 11 from the Metro Conference and six in the ACC. Since moving to divisional play in 2006, Martin has led the Seminoles to at least a share of the ACC Atlantic Division title eight times, including a stretch of eight straight from 2007-2014. FSU has played in the conference title game in four of the last seven years.
Quite naturally, Martin's accomplishments have been recognized, as he has claimed conference coach of the year honors 13 times; six times in the Metro Conference and seven times in the ACC with his latest coming in 2012. James Ramsey, Robert Benincasa, Jayce Boyd and Devon Travis, stars from the 2012 season, were recognized by earning All-America and All-ACC honors. In all, Martin's Seminoles have collected 89 All-America and 122 All-ACC honors. Furthermore, he has coached seven players – Mike Fuentes, Mike Loynd, J.D. Drew, Shane Robinson, Tony Thomas, Jr., Buster Posey and James Ramsey – who were named National Player of the Year.
Over the past three decades, Martin hasn't only produced great players. He has developed a program that consistently turns out great teams. FSU baseball is the second-winningest program all-time, trailing only Texas, which has played 118 seasons. That's 51 seasons more than the Seminoles, who along with the Longhorns, are the only programs in college baseball history to have won 73 percent of their games.
Since the start of the 2000 season, Florida State has won more games (778) than any other program. Since 1990, no Division I school has more top 10 finishes, 50-plus win seasons or participated in more NCAA Regionals.
In six seasons of presenting the ACC Sportsmanship Award, Martin's Seminoles won the award twice. In all, Florida State baseball student-athletes have been selected to the academic team of distinction 54 times since its 2006 inception, while leading the conference six times in nine years.
Martin began his career by whipping off 12 consecutive 50-win seasons. Interrupted by 49- and 46-win campaigns in 1992 and 1993, he followed with another streak of 50 plus wins in seven straight seasons from 1994 to 2000.
He began coaching junior high baseball and basketball, before taking over as the head basketball coach at Tallahassee Community College. Martin spent three seasons coaching basketball at nearby Godby High School before Woody Woodward was hired as FSU's baseball coach in 1975. Martin joined the Seminoles' staff and served as Woodward's top assistant for four years, then added one more under Howser.
In 1980, Martin's dream came true and remains a thrill to this day. The winner of more games than the first seven FSU coaches combined, he has been an NCAA Tournament participant for 38 consecutive years, counting his last two seasons as an assistant. Martin has pulled on the FSU uniform in Omaha for 17 of the program's 21 trips as either a player, assistant or head coach.
Over the course of his career he's shared that wisdom with 187 players who have been selected in the Major League Draft, eight National Players of the Year and four Golden Spikes Award winners.
Martin's passion for the game and working with young people makes him a popular public speaker throughout the Southeast. His involvement through the years with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes provides another avenue for reaching out to others.
In 2004, Martin was honored by the two schools he attended as an undergraduate. Wingate University, where he spent two years before transferring to FSU, bestowed upon him the honor of Distinguished Alumnus. He was also presented the Bernard F. Sliger Award for Service, named after Florida State's 11th president, which is the highest honor accorded by the Alumni Association.
Martin was inducted into the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.