Oct. 22, 2004
Wingate, NC – Florida State head baseball coach Mike Martin will add to his impressive list of accomplishments tonight when he is awarded Wingate University’s 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award. The Tribe’s head baseball coach for 26 years attended Wingate for two years before coming to Florida State and earning his degree in 1966.
Martin attended Wingate, then a junior college, before transferring to Florida State in 1965 to play center field for the Seminoles. That began a 30-year relationship with Florida State. Martin just completed his 25th season at the helm of the Seminole baseball program and 2004 ended just like the past 24 seasons before it, with the team once again competing in NCAA Tournament play. Only one team in America has been to more consecutive NCAA Tournaments than Martin’s Seminoles who have now made 27 straight postseason appearances. Since 1990, no team has finished in the top 10 more times than FSU’s 13 top 10 finishes and no other program has come close to compiling as many 50-win seasons as Martin’s 11 50-win campaigns in the last 14 years. Under Martin’s guidance, no team in America has been to more NCAA Tournaments in that span either.
Over the last 14 years, FSU is second in College World Series appearances with eight and Martin has led his teams to Omaha 12 times in his career including 11 trips in the last 19 seasons. The Tribe coach is second in the NCAA among active DI coaches for winning percentage, eighth all-time in Division I for wins and fifth in that category among active coaches. Martin is one of just eight coaches in the history of DI baseball to record 1,300 wins and he is a four-time ACC Coach of the Year. Last season FSU captured its fourth ACC Championship in what is widely considered the best baseball conference in America. Martin has coached 13 first round draft picks, 52 All-Americans and 101 All-Conference selections during his career. Three Seminoles have also won the Golden Spikes Award under Martin.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award honors a Wingate University alumnus who, through professional excellence and personal dedication, has been a leader in their community. According to a press release issued by Wingate’s Lee Ragsdale:
“Coach Martin is the best baseball coach in the country and has contributed in countless ways to civic and charitable causes. We truly believe that no one is more deserving of this honor.”
The awards ceremony will take place tonight at 6:00 p.m. on the Wingate campus. Martin will be in attendance to accept the award at the ceremony in LaVerne Banquet Hall.