Head Coach: Florida State University
Celebrating 36 years as the Seminoles' head coach in 2015, Mike Martin continues to redefine success by any standard of measure. With 1,813 career victories, a .742 winning percentage that ranks second among all active NCAA Division I coaches, 35 consecutive regional tournament appearances and 15 trips to the College World Series, Martin's place in college baseball history is secure.
Martin was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Since then he has eclipsed the 1,500-, 1,600-, 1,700- and 1,800-win milestones, returned to the College World Series three times in the last seven seasons and has shown no sign of slowing down, while continuing to turn out All-Americans, Major League Draft choices and postseason participants.
Only two men, Texas' Augie Garrido (1,920) and Wichita State's Gene Stephenson (1,837), have won more games at the Division I level than the man whose uniform number - 11 - is universally substituted for his name among players, fans, colleagues, and even family members. There's a reason Martin is treated like family among the Florida State faithful. He has been associated with the Seminoles for 43 of the program's 68 seasons - as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Director of Baseball Operations: Florida State University
Returning for his 31st season as the senior member of Mike Martin's staff, Chip Baker is one of the most popular figures in the Seminole program. Baker is in his 13th year as Florida State's Director of Baseball Operations; a multi-faceted position for the man who spent 18 years as a Seminole assistant.
Baker oversees all administrative aspects of Seminole baseball, including the budget, team travel, game operations, equipment, field and facility maintenance and scheduling. He also assists the efforts of the marketing and ticket offices and is the contact point for all communication between the program and the Bullpen Club, Seminoles Boosters and the Alumni Association.
During his tenure with the Seminoles, Baker has participated in 30 NCAA postseason tournaments and 14 College World Series. He was a member of the coaching staff for the 1986 and 1999 teams that reached the CWS championship game. Baker's duties as an assistant included coaching third base, tutoring FSU's catchers, scouting opponents and directing the Seminoles' defensive alignments.
Associate Head Coach: Florida State University
Mike Bell enters his fourth season at Florida State serving as an associate head coach with his primary duties including oversight of the Seminole pitching staff and assisting in the recruiting process.
The former Seminole has hit the ground running since his return to Tallahassee and the results have shown on the mound. In his first three seasons, Bell has coached three players that have earned All-America honors (Robert Benincasa - 2012, Scott Sitz - 2013, Luke Weaver - 2014) and 10 players that have been drafted including Weaver in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014. The Seminole pitching staff has posted an ERA below 3.50 in each of his first three years - a feat that had not been accomplished since a three-year stretch from 1999-2001. He also led the staff to their first sub-3.00 ERA in 10 years following the 2013 season.
Upon his return in 2012, Bell relied on some new faces to solidify the weekend rotation with a pair of freshmen in Brandon Leibrandt and Mike Compton and sophomore Peter Miller filling those roles. It marked just the third time since 1980 that Florida State opened a weekend series with a rotation consisting only of sophomores and freshmen. Leibrandt became the first freshman to start an opening day game in Florida State history while holding down the spot as the Friday night starter all season long. Compton stood as the lone pitcher in the ACC to reach double-digit wins while finishing tied for second nationally in that same category. Both pitchers would go on to earn Freshmen All-America honors.
Mike Martin, Jr.
Assistant Coach: Florida State University
Entering his 18th season as an assistant coach, Mike Martin Jr. is widely recognized as one of the bright young coaches in the college game. A former All-American catcher with the Seminoles, he serves as recruiting coordinator, works with the hitters and handles the Florida State catchers.
Under his 17-year guidance, the Seminoles have batted .309, slugged .482 and averaged 7.97 runs per game. Florida State has played in six College World Series, 13 Super Regionals and 17 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. As the academic liaison, the Seminoles captured the Gold Torch Award in 2007 and 2008, positing the highest GPA among all men's teams at Florida State. Two players have been named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year, five Seminoles have garnered Academic All-America accolades and five times an FSU student has been named the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year including the last four - James Ramsey (2011 & 2012) and Gage Smith (2013 & 2014). The Seminoles have placed 54 student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic Team since the awards inception in 2006 including a school-record nine in 2012.
Martin has coached 12 Major Leaguers, 12 Freshman All-Americans, 19 first team All-Americans and 31 student-athletes who have earned first, second or third team All-American accolades. In all, 58 Seminoles have earned All-ACC honors and 52 hitters have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft during that stretch. Four Seminole hitters have captured National Player of the Year honors including Shane Robinson, Tony Thomas, Buster Posey and most recently James Ramsey in 2012.