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FSU dismisses Mike Martin Jr.

Florida State athletics director Michael Alford dismissed baseball coach Mike Martin Jr. on Friday afternoon, just days following the Seminoles’ elimination and the end of a 34-25 season.

Alford said a national search would be conducted to find a replacement. Martin Jr. earned $425,000 in 2022. He had one year remaining on a four-year contract that would have paid him $450,000.

“Making the change with our baseball coach was not an easy decision, but it is our responsibility to put our student-athletes and our teams in the best position to reach their full potential,” Alford said in a statement. “Ultimately, the decision came down to whether our baseball program was performing up to the admittedly high standards that we have established through our historic success and I do not believe we were.”

Martin Jr. was 77-54 in three season, which includes a 17-game shortened season in 2020.

FSU went just 15-15 in ACC play in 2022. The Seminoles wrapped up a 26-8 home record with series wins over Miami, Louisville and TCU — three of 10 weekend series victories on the season. But FSU was also swept by Notre Dame in Tallahassee, dropped a three-game series at UNC and struggled in games away from home or on neutral sites (0-1 vs. UF at Jacksonville, 1-1 in the ACC Tournament and 1-2 in the Auburn Regional).

The Seminoles suffered a devastating 21-7 loss to Auburn on Saturday, putting them on the brink of elimination. UCLA knocked out FSU 2-1 on Sunday.

Following FSU’s exit on Sunday afternoon, Martin Jr. was asked about the standard that he and his father, Mike Martin Sr., had set for the program by reaching the College World Series with frequency. FSU has had two regional exits, with losses at the Oxford Regional in 2021 and Auburn Regional last weekend.

“It ultimately falls on me,” Martin Jr. said. “… It is the standard. It always will be the standard at Florida State. Our job is to recruit our tails off, evaluate the way we do things, make changes if necessary. There’s going to be a lot of things we look at.”

Martin Jr. had been an FSU assistant coach since 1998. He took over after Martin Sr.’s retirement in the summer of 2019.

“We deeply appreciate all Mike has done for the program as head coach, as an assistant coach and as a Seminole student-athlete,” Alford said. “His passion for the university and the baseball program is unequaled. I am sure I speak for all Seminole fans when I say we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Among the potential candidates are Link Jarrett, who played at FSU from 1991-94. Jarrett is the coach at Notre Dame, which is playing at Tennessee in the Super Regional beginning on Friday. James Ramsey, who played at FSU from 2009-12, is also an assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Ramsey is in his fourth season as the Yellow Jackets’ hitting coach.