March 31, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State University’s baseball and
softball fields will be named after their current head coaches in
ceremonies before games this Saturday. The baseball field will be named
after Mike Martin in ceremonies scheduled to being at 7:00 p.m. just prior to the Seminoles’ game against Clemson. The baseball stadium will still carry the name Dick Howser Stadium. FSU’s softball team will be playing on JoAnne Graf Field beginning with a double-header against Virginia Tech on Saturday. The field will officially be named after Dr. Graf in ceremonies that begin at 12:45 just prior to the first game against the Hokies.
“Both Coach Graf and Coach Martin have meant so much to FSU
throughout the years,” said FSU president Dr. T.K. Wetherell. “We are
pleased to have this very special way of honoring their service to this
university. They are more than athletic coaches–they help student-athletes develop academically, socially and culturally.”
Martin is in his 26th season as head coach of the Seminoles
baseball team where he has established the program as one of the finest in the country. Over his tenure at FSU Martin has been named ACC Coach of the Year four times, Metro Conference Coach of the Year six times and has led the Seminoles to 25 consecutive NCAA Regional Appearances. He has led FSU to 12 College World Series appearances and twice played in the national title game. Martin ranks as the second winningest active coach in college baseball and his 1,362 career wins currently rank him sixth in all-time wins in the history of Division I baseball.
Dr. Graf is in her 27th season as head coach of the Seminoles
softball team where she too has established the program as one of the
finest in the nation. A 2003 inductee into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Dr. Graf has been named ACC Coach of the Year a record six times and is only the third Division I coach to record 1,000 fastpitch wins. She has led the Seminoles to the College World Series seven times and led FSU to back-to-back national titles in slowpitch softball in 1981 and `82.
“We are extremely proud of the consistent success our baseball
and softball programs have demonstrated at the conference and national
levels as well as the leadership which has been provided by Coach Martin
and Coach Graf,” said FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “You will not
find two people who love the Seminoles more than these two. Both played
and graduated from Florida State and our baseball and softball programs
have been very fortunate to have these two as head coaches for over 25
years. I know the many student-athletes who have played for both over the years will take pride in the fact that the fields will now carry their names.”
The softball team’s facility will be called JoAnne Graf Field
at the Seminole Softball Complex, while the Seminole baseball team will
play on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.