Sunday Centerpiece: Looking Back on Every FSU Baseball Coach’s First Season


The Mike Martin Jr. era is off to a promising start.

Since dropping the season opener to Niagra, Florida State has managed to win five straight games. Martin was tabbed as the new head man prior to the season to replace his father and college baseball’s all-time wins leader, Mike Martin Sr.

The older Martin was the head man of the program for four decades. A coaching change at Dick Howser Stadium was something unseen until recently for a large percentage of those reading this right now.

While Martin managed to last for more than half the program’s history, his son became the ninth head coach at FSU. Here’s a look back on how the previous eight fared in their first seasons:

Charlie Armstrong (1948)

Record: 9-8
National Ranking: None
Key Players: Jack Wilson, C; Dago Murphy, OF; John Witt, P
Overview: Florida State’s inaugural season lasted just 17 games and less than two months, but it did end on a high note. After a 4-6 start, the Seminoles won five of their final seven games.

Ralph Matherly (1952)

Record: 17-4
National Ranking: None
Key Players: Bob Trowbridge, IF; Les Mullen, OF; Ed Sessions, P
Overview: Florida State still wasn’t a blip on the national radar, but in Ralph…

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