Martin's teams did not win a national championship, but his time at Florida State was filled with awards and accomplishments. Martin has been named ACC Coach of the Year seven times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012). Martin announced his retirement on June 18, 2018, following the 2019 season.
In 1997, his first year as coach of the Seminoles, Martin led Florida State to its first undefeated regular season since 1954 when they went 11-0. The Seminoles were ranked No. 1 throughout most of the season before losing their only game of the year against Virginia Tech in overtime. Florida State finished the season ranked No. 2 behind Alabama who had a better record overall (12-1).
In 1998, Martin's second year as coach of the Seminoles, he led them back to a national title game for the first time since 1957. The Seminoles beat Tennessee 34-31 in double overtime in the Fiesta Bowl to claim their first championship in school history. Florida State finished the season ranked No. 1 for a second consecutive year after going 12-0. This was also the first time that any team from the Atlantic Coast Conference had won the college football championship.
In 1999, Martin's third year as coach of the Seminoles, he led them to another undefeated regular season (12-0) and a third straight No. 1 ranking.
Mike Martin finished his 40-year head coaching career at Florida State with his 40th NCAA Tournament trip, 40th winning season, and 17th College World Series appearance in 2019. Martin finished his career as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history, with a 2,029-736-4 record. He also holds many other records at FSU.
Martin was born on January 4, 1949 in New York City. He graduated from high school in 1967 and then attended Iona College in New Rochelle, New York for two years before transferring to Boston University where he played baseball and coached by Jerry Manuel. After one season, he dropped out of college to play professional baseball.
In 1971, Martin took over as the head coach at FSU and has never looked back. Under his guidance, the Seminoles have appeared in three College World Series, in 1995, 1999, and 2019. They have won two national titles - 1994 and 1995 - and were runners-up in 1989 and 1990. In addition, FSU has produced many major league players including Mark McGwire, Fernando Valenzuela, and Dave Winfield.
He is married to Susanne and they have four children. His son Mike II is also a former FSU pitcher who played eight seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1991 to 1998. He currently serves as the pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners.
Martin was involved with Florida State for 47 of the program's first 72 seasons, including five years as the program's first full-time assistant coach from 1975 to 1979 and two years as a player from 1965 to 1966.
He is one of only three coaches in ACC history to win 300 games behind the bench (along with Jack Whittingham & Roy Walters).
A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Martin graduated from Florida State in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He went on to earn his master's degree in educational psychology from Ohio State in 1969.
During his tenure as the head coach at Florida State, Martin built one of the most successful programs in college football history. His 301 wins are the most of any coach in ACC history and he ranks fifth all time among NCAA Division I-A coaches. He also holds the record for most postseason appearances by a Florida State coach with 10.
In addition to his work at Florida State, Martin has served as an assistant coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 1980. He was the team's offensive coordinator during its inaugural season in 1976 before being named the full-time head coach the following year. Martin was fired after the 1983 season but returned as head coach in 1995 before being let go again after the 1998 season.
Since 2012, head coach Head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team from 2007 until 2012. Assistant Coach, Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball, 2006-2007 Assistant Coach for the men's basketball team at Northeastern from 2000 to 2004. Frank Martin's coaching teams Now, nine seasons into his tenure as South Carolina's head coach, Martin says he feels like he's back in Year 1 at K-State. For about a month after the Gamecocks (6-15, 4-12 SEC) finished a rough season played amid the COVID-19 outbreak, rumors lingered concerning Martin's job position. But now that spring sports are set to begin again, Martin says he has no intention of looking elsewhere.
He said he's happy at South Carolina and plans to be there next season when the Gamecocks' new practice facility is complete. "I love what we're doing in Columbia," Martin said during a phone interview last week. "We've got a great group of young people who want to get better every day. I think our fans appreciate seeing us work hard every day in practice so we can play well on game days."
Before joining South Carolina's staff, Martin spent three years (2012-2015) as head coach at Kansas State. He led the Wildcats to a 32-29 record and made the NCAA Tournament each year. After leaving Manhattan, Kan., where he had been an assistant under Bruce Weber since 2001, Martin was named head coach at South Carolina on April 17, 2007.
During his time at Northeastern, Martin developed a reputation for working players hard in practice but also giving them freedom in games.