Jan. 26, 2006
Mt. Pleasant, MI – The 2005 season was a pretty special one for Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin as far as honors were concerned. The legendary baseball coach was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame and he had the field he has coached at his entire career named in his honor. Now in his 27th season as the Seminole head coach, Martin received the biggest honor of his career this week when he was informed the American Baseball Coaches Association has elected him into their Hall of Fame.
“This is very humbling,” said Martin. “(FSU Athletics Director) Dave Hart called and informed me that I had been voted into our coaches’ hall of fame. Any time you receive recognition from your peers it is extra special. Everybody works hard to be successful in this sport but at the same time we all work together to achieve what we feel is best for college baseball. To be selected by my peers is very humbling and exciting. It is one of the highest honors I have ever received.”
The ABCA will announce its complete 2006 class this summer and the group will be inducted at the annual ABCA convention, which is scheduled to take place January 2007 in Orlando. This is the highest honor bestowed by the coaches association, which is in its 61st year of existence.
“I know I speak for everyone associated with Florida State baseball when I say that Mike Martin’s inclusion, by his peers, into the ABCA Hall of Fame is very well deserved,” said Hart. “It is the highest honor one can receive within the association as they have selected a man who represents everything the ABCA desires to showcase. `11′ is a true Hall of Famer and I’m glad he’s a Seminole.”
Martin will open his 27th season in Florida State’s dugout February 3 when the Seminoles host Charleston Southern at the field bearing his name. Despite being elected to the ABCA Hall of Fame, the second-winningest active coach in DI baseball has no plans of slowing down.
“I am excited about this season,” said Martin. “I feel great, I love Florida State, this baseball program and I am looking forward to more years. We just want to keep moving this program upward. That is the key in any organization.”