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FSU Legend Mike Martin Dies at 79; Winningest Coach in NCAA Baseball Historical past

Joseph Zucker @@JosephZucker Featured Columnist IV February 1, 2024 Don Juan Moore/Getty Images Former Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin died Thursday at the age of 79. FSU Baseball @FSUBaseball Today we mourn with the Martin family the passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and baseball coach. Rest in Peace, 11 pic.twitter.com/5cWLT3hcAj “Mike Martin

Joseph Zucker @@JosephZucker Featured Columnist IV February 1, 2024 Don Juan Moore/Getty Images Former Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin died Thursday at the age of 79. FSU Baseball @FSUBaseball Today we mourn with the Martin family the passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and baseball coach. Rest in Peace, 11 pic.twitter.com/5cWLT3hcAj "Mike Martin

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 1, 2024

TALLAHASSEE, FL - MARCH 9: Head Coach Mike Martin of the Florida State Seminoles gives a TV interview after the game against Virginia Tech on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on March 9, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. The #7 ranked Seminoles defeated the Hokies 5 to 2 to give Martin his 2000th career win. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

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Former Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin died Thursday on the age of 79.

FSU Baseball @FSUBaseball

In the present day we mourn with the Martin household the passing of an exquisite husband, father, grandfather and baseball coach.

Relaxation in Peace, 11 pic.twitter.com/5cWLT3hcAj

“Mike Martin confirmed all of us that you could be an incredible father, grandfather, husband and pal whereas additionally being a world-class baseball coach,” Seminoles coach Hyperlink Jarrett said.

“In the present day, the world misplaced greater than the winningest coach in school sports activities historical past, we misplaced a legendary human being that was a task mannequin to all that he encountered.”

In response to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson, Martin was recognized with Lewy physique dementia three years in the past. That was after he had retired from teaching on the finish of the 2019 season.

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This system legend walked away with 2,029 wins, probably the most ever by a coach in any school sport. Below his watch, the Seminoles grew to become a powerhouse within the Metro Convention earlier than transferring to the ACC in 1992. They received 19 mixed convention titles and reached the School World Sequence on 17 events.

An NCAA title remained out of attain for Martin, although. Florida State superior to Omaha, Nebraska, in his last season however was eradicated within the second spherical of the CWS.

In a 2019 interview with Adelson, Martin mentioned the absence of a nationwide championship wasn’t one thing he dwelled on.

“If I ever mentioned [I had bad luck] to myself, there may be a whole lot of voices saying, ‘You might have a pleasant home. You might have probably the most unbelievable spouse a person might ask for. You might have three wholesome youngsters. You might have absolutely anything a person wants, and also you’re griping about by no means profitable a nationwide championship?’” he mentioned.

“How concerning the variety of younger males that got here as much as me at that celebration and hugged my neck and mentioned, ‘I like you, 11?’ That is much more vital. That is what I get out of teaching. Do I wish to win it? Dadgum proper. I would not work so dadgum laborious. However I am not going to say woe is me.”

Florida State named its baseball area in Martin’s honor in 2005 and commemorated his No. 11 jersey in 2021 whereas protecting it in circulation to make sure his legacy would reside on. Martin was additionally enshrined within the School Baseball Corridor of Fame in 2019.

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