Martin Jr. to take over as FSU’s head coach

Florida State has named longtime assistant Mike Martin Jr. as its next coach.

The contract between Martin Jr. and FSU has not been finalized but the son is expected to follow his father, Mike Martin Sr., who is retiring after 40 seasons as the Seminoles’ head coach.

Martin Jr. has been an FSU assistant for 22 seasons and has been the hitting coach as well as recruiting coordinator for the last eight seasons. His past eight recruiting classes have ranked in the top 10 nationally.

“After serving under one of the all-time greats, we will combine much of what was learned from him with our new staff’s style and ideas in our pursuit of championships,” Martin Jr. said in a statement provided by FSU.

A former FSU catcher from 1993-95, Martin Jr. played in the minor leagues in the San Diego Padres organization for a few seasons before returning to FSU as an assistant in 1998. He has coached alongside his father since then.

Martin Jr. has pursued a number of head coach jobs through the years, including those at ACC and SEC schools.

FSU athletics director David Coburn had established an interview committee, which would talk to candidates and narrow the search. Coburn said that he and president John Thrasher would make the final decision.

“We are very excited to have Mike Martin, Jr. leading our baseball program into the future,” Coburn said.  “His commitment to, passion for and experience with the Seminole program are second to none.

“His plan for the next era of Seminole baseball is impressive.  He knows what he wants to do and how he wants to do it.  After traveling with this team for the last three and a half weeks, I have come away very impressed with his relationships with the players, his attention to detail and his understanding of the great game of college baseball.”

Martin Sr. has retired as college baseball’s all-time wins leader with 2,029.

Look for more reaction to Martin Jr.’s hire later today from the Osceola

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