Coburn details timeline, what he’s looking for in new baseball coach

Athletics director David Coburn thinks Florida State’s new baseball coach could be announced in two or three weeks.

Coburn has assembled a search committee to help “prioritize and make suggestions.” He said the final decision would be made by himself and FSU president John Thrasher.

“We have some really good people who are interested,” Coburn said on Wednesday.

Mike Martin is the only coach that generations of FSU fans have ever known. Martin has a record 2,023 wins, the most in college baseball history, going into this weekend’s NCAA Regional. He has guided FSU to the NCAA Tournament in all 40 seasons that he has been the head coach.

Coburn said a list of finalists has not been made. What is Coburn looking for in a candidate for the job?

“Track record, obviously,” Coburn said. “Recruiting ability. Do their players get better when they have them? Like head coaching experience. Not mandatory but like FSU blood.”

Hitting coach Mike Martin Jr. is in his 22nd season at FSU and has been the Seminoles’ recruiting coordinator for the past eight seasons. Coburn has frequently said that Martin Jr. is a candidate but not the only one.

“It’s an open search,” Coburn told the Osceola in early May. “I think Meat (Martin Jr.) is going to get all due consideration based on his talent and his loyalty. But it’s an open search and the goal is to get the best coach we can get.”

The rest of the candidates are not known. But given Coburn’s qualifications, some former FSU players may be under consideration. Those could include former FSU first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, now a Triple-A manager in the Detroit Tigers’ system, as well as former FSU shortstop Link Jarrett, who has been the head coach at UNC Greensboro for seven seasons.

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  1. BD

    Stubby Clapp!

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