2014 Homecoming Parade Route
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A familiar face will be leading the charge down West Madison Street near the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Friday, November 7 when the 2014 Florida State Homecoming Parade gets underway at 2 pm.
Seminole head baseball coach Mike Martin will serve as the parade’s grand marshal for the first time in his career.
“One of the highlights of my career,” said Martin on being chosen as the grand marshal. “I look back when Carol and I came down here 50 years ago. We fell in love with this place, raised our family here. Now to be selected as the grand marshal for my university’s homecoming parade is very meaningful.”
Martin is not only the face of the Florida State baseball program but is also highly regarded among his peers. The FSU alum has been associated with the Seminole baseball program for 43 of FSU’s 68 seasons. Of the 3,722 baseball game played in program history, Martin has been involved in 2,829 as a player, assistant and head coach. What is even more impressive is Martin’s involvement in 2,080 of the 2,713 all-time victories at Florida State. In one way or another, Martin has been a part of 76.7% of FSU’s victories.
Entering his 36th season as head coach at Florida State in 2015, Martin continues to redefine success by any standard of measure. With 1,813 career victories, a .742 winning percentage that sits first among active NCAA Division I coaches, 35 consecutive regional tournament appearances and 15 trips to the College World Series, Martin’s place in college baseball history is secure.
“Mike Martin has been an inspiration to Seminoles across the world and one of our 100 most distinguished alumni,” said Scott Atwell, President/CEO of the Florida State University Alumni Association. “It’s a thrill to see him honored in this way.”
Martin has led Florida State to 16 conference championships since 1980 and eight consecutive ACC Atlantic Division titles (2007-14). Eighty-seven Seminoles have earned All-America honors under his direction, while 119 players have garnered All-ACC recognition. He has also coached seven National Players of the Year including a nation leading four Golden Spikes winners.
In 2007, Martin was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in 2010 was named to Florida State University’s list of 100 Distinguished Graduates in celebration of the FSU Alumni Association Centennial.
The Homecoming Parade, organized by the Student Alumni Association, has featured many of FSU’s great traditions in the past including the Marching Chiefs, the Flying High Circus, the Golden Girls, and members of the Seminole Tribe.
Renegade, Osceola, the FSU cheerleaders and candidates for the 2014 Chief and Princess will be on hand during this year’s parade.
“It’s humbling (to be a part of the homecoming festivities),” added Martin. “I’m excited. I truly am because obviously I’m a diehard Seminole. And to be in this role is exciting.”
The parade will follow the same route as last year. It begins on West Madison Street near the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and heads east, turning north on Martin Luther King, west on College, south at Copeland in front of the Westcott Building, and east on West Pensacola, where it will conclude just west of the Civic Center.