To the surprise of very few, Mike Martin Jr. will succeed his father as baseball coach at FSU.
The school formally announced Friday afternoon it has hired the younger Martin, a former 'Noles All-American catcher who spent 22 seasons on his father’s staff. Warchant.com, citing unnamed sources, first reported the news Friday.
“I have every confidence Mike Martin Jr. will carry on the winning tradition of Florida State University baseball,” FSU president John Thrasher said in a school news release.
“For more than two decades as an assistant coach, he has shown he is a talented recruiter, passionate competitor and respected mentor to our student-athletes. While Mike Martin Jr. brings his own strengths and style of coaching to the program, his values, integrity and love for this university will carry on the proud legacy of his father.”
The elder Mike Martin, 75, retired after 40 seasons as Seminoles coach. The NCAA’s all-time winningest coach in any sport (2,209 victories), he led FSU to 17 College World Series appearances, including a surprise berth this season after FSU was among the final teams to make the NCAA Tournament field.
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