TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox announced Monday that head baseball coach Mike Martin will return for his 40th and final season in 2019.
Martin became college baseball’s all-time wins leader in May and enters the 2019 campaign 13 victories shy of 2,000 for his career. With a 1,987-713-4 record since 1980, Martin’s .736 win percentage is the best among active college coaches and he has led Florida State to the NCAA Tournament and won at least 40 games in all 39 years at the helm of the Seminole program.
“Coach Martin and I have talked several times over the last couple of years about his plans. I am pleased to announce that he has agreed to coach one last team in 2019 before retiring at the conclusion of the season.
“There is no finer representative of Florida State University and no better champion of college baseball than Mike Martin. His passion, dedication and demand for on-field success are as strong as they were the day he got the job, and I’m eager to watch what he and our team can accomplish next year. We will conduct a national search at the conclusion of the 2019 season.”
“I’ve said this so many times but it is true, I am just so thankful to work for a school like FSU and an athletics administration that has given me every opportunity to be successful.
“I’m glad that they want me to continue coaching next season and I thank all our former and current coaches, staff and most importantly our players for the consistent success of our baseball program. You don’t win at our level without student-athletes who dedicate themselves to playing as a team and playing for something more than themselves.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the huge role that our fans play in the success of our program. They are the best in the country. I can’t wait to get started this fall. Go Noles!”
“Coach Martin is a great ambassador for both Florida State University and the game of baseball, and I am pleased he will return as our coach next season.
“His abilities as a coach are reflected in the fact that he is the winningest college coach in the history of the game, but he also has shown a generation what a program run with pride, class and proper priorities looks like.”
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