Dick Howser Stadium will take its place as one of the top collegiate baseball facilities in the country after a two-year, $12 million dollar project is completed prior to the 2004 season. Located on the campus of Florida State University, the stadium has provided almost two million fans with the feeling of having "the best seat in the house" to watch the finest in college baseball action. read more
Head Coach: Florida State University
Entering his 37th season as the Seminoles’ head coach in 2015, Mike Martin continues to redefine success by any standard of measure. With 1,857 career victories, a .741 winning percentage that sits atop among all active NCAA Division I coaches, 36 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 eight seasons and has shown no sign of slowing down, while continuing to turn out All-Americans, Major League Draft choices and postseason participants.
Martin, who owns the record for most NCAA Division I wins and trails only Texas’ Augie Garrido (1,950) in all-time victories, is the 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 44 of the program’s 69 seasons – as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Director of Baseball Operations: Florida State University
Returning for his 32nd 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 14th 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 31 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 fifth 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 four seasons, Bell has coached three players that have earned All-America honors (Robert Benincasa-2012, Scott Sitz-2013, Luke Weaver-2014) and 14 players that have been drafted including Weaver in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014. That includes the group of William Strode, Dylan Silva, Boomer Biegalski and Bryant Holtmann, all selected in the 2015 draft, as they helped lead the Noles to 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings, seventh in the NCAA.
In 2015, Bell’s staff was highlighted by Biegalski, Holtmann, Silva and Strode. Biegalski anchored the unit by topping the ACC in strikeouts (112), was named the ACC Tournament MVP and after a solid season was drafted in the 14th round by the Oakland Athletics.
Mike Martin, Jr.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator: Florida State University
Entering his 19th 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, who has placed all five recruiting classes in the last five seasons in the top 10 of a collegiate baseball publication, works with the hitters and handles the Florida State catchers.
In his 18-year tutelage, the Seminoles have posted a .306 batting average, .477 slugging percentage and averaged 7.88 runs per game. Florida State has played in six College World Series, 14 Super Regionals and 18 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. As the academic liaison, the Seminoles captured the Gold Torch Award in 2007 and 2008, posting the highest GPA among all men’s teams at Florida State. Two players have been named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year, seven 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 60 student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic Team since the awards inception in 2006 including a school-record nine in 2012.
Martin has coached 13 Major Leaguers, 13 Freshman All-Americans, 20 first team All-Americans and 33 student-athletes who have earned first, second or third team All-American accolades. In all, 62 Seminoles have earned All-ACC honors and 55 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.
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Florida State University
Clyde Keller, a member of Florida State’s 1989 College World Series team, joins the Seminoles as a volunteer assistant coach in 2016. He will work with developing the outfielders, coaching first base and focus on defensive positioning.
Keller, a 1990 Florida State graduate, returns to the college ranks after spending the last eight years as the Owner/Director of Development of Florida Makos Baseball.
Originally from Fair Oaks, Calif., Keller served as pitcher and infielder for the Seminoles in both 1988 and 1989. He finished his career at the plate by hitting .315 with 53 RBI, 12 doubles, five home runs, four triples and a .447 on-base percentage. On the mound he posted a 23-5 all-time record with 203 strikeouts, 67 walks, six complete games, three saves and a 3.12 ERA.