Mike Martin Jr., Florida State (FSU photo)


Florida State Promotes Mike Martin Jr. To Head Coach

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The Florida State baseball program might have lost one Martin when Mike Martin Sr., announced his retirement prior to the 2018 campaign and coached his final game in Omaha earlier this week. But the program will continue to be led by that prestigious name as Mike Martin Jr. has been promoted to head coach.

Martin Jr.’s ascension to the head spot comes as no surprise to those around the Seminoles program. Junior was an All-American player for the Seminoles and has spent the last 22 seasons as a premier assistant, hitting coach and recruiter for his legendary father.

There’s no doubt Florida State’s postseason run aided Martin Jr.’s candidacy for the head coaching job, but the Seminoles did their due diligence on the coaching search. Royals bullpen/catching coach Pedro Grifol, a former Seminoles player, also received strong consideration for the opening. However, Grifol and the Royals have a good deal going and he ultimately wanted to stay put in Kansas City. Chipola (Fla.) College head coach Jeff Johnson also received strong consideration, while UNC Greensboro’s Link Jarrett also received consideration.

Martin, Jr., 46, gives the Seminoles a smooth transition moving forward. Not only are the Seminoles keeping the hire within the family, they’re keeping it within the Martin family.

There will be plenty of detractors on this hire. Some around Tallahassee will say as much as they love Martin, Sr., the program needs to turn the page and think outside the box on the next baseball coach. But Martin, Jr., as his father said in Omaha, isn’t him. He’s much more like his ‘momma’.

Martin Jr., has spent his lifetime watching his father experience an incredible amount of success. He’s had plenty of success as an assistant, too.

Now he gets his shot to lead the Seminoles.

The torch has been passed to another Martin.

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