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Florida State fires Martin, ending baseball coaching legacy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State fired coach Mike Martin Jr. after the Seminoles failed to qualify for NCAA Regionals for a second straight year.

Sporting director Michael Alford said on Friday a nationwide search for a new coach would begin immediately.

Martin took over as coach from his father, Mike Martin Sr., after the 2019 season and went 77-54 overall, 35-31 in Atlantic Coast Conference games and 2-4 in games. NCAA regionals.

“Making the switch 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. whether our baseball program lived up to the high standards we have set through our historic success and I don’t believe we did.

The Seminoles rank second behind Texas in all-time NCAA Tournament appearances (59) and hold the longest active streak (44).


Like his father, Martin, 49, played at Florida State. Young Martin was an All-America wide receiver in the mid-1990s and played professional ball for a short time before returning as an assistant in 1998. He was the Seminoles’ batting coach and top scout and has got the head coaching job over three other finalists on The Retirement of Mike Sr.

Florida State was 12-5 when Mike Jr.’s freshman season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Seminoles were 31-24 in 2021 and 34-25 this season. They finished fourth and third, respectively, in the ACC Atlantic Division and never made it past two games in the conference tournament.

Mike Jr.’s son, Tyler, was a sophomore for the Seminoles this season and played in 26 games.

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

The elder Martin remains the all-time leader in college baseball coaching wins with 2,029, and he led the Seminoles to 17 College World Series in his 40 seasons.

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