Following 18 years with the baseball program, San Diego State head coach Mark Martinez introduced his retirement because the Aztec’s skipper Thursday.
As head coach, Martinez compiled a 257-217 report (.542) in 9 seasons as head coach of the Aztecs, profitable Mountain West event championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018 to go along with one regular-season title in 2023.
He had 1,144 wins over his profession.
Pitching coach Shaun Cole will function San Diego State’s appearing head coach.
Previous to his elevation to move coach, Martinez spent 9 years as an assistant beneath the late Tony Gwynn, serving as this system’s affiliate head coach earlier than succeeding the Padres Corridor-of-Famer on Aug. 20, 2014.
“Thanks to my household,” Martinez mentioned. “My spouse, Jada, has believed in me from our starting and has been the spine of our household. She is my “why” and I sit up for extra time exploring the world collectively. With out her, I’d not have had the possibility to chase my ardour and dwell it day by day.
“I’m blessed with two nice children,” he continued. “I thank them for his or her timeless help and matched ardour for our program and my experiences. Marissa and Cade are my mild and I sit up for watching their journey and celebrating their life’s accomplishments.”
Beneath Martinez’s tutelage, Aztec gamers garnered 46 all-Mountain West accolade, together with 4 convention Pitchers of the Yr, one MW Participant of the Yr and one league Freshman of the Yr.
In that timeframe, the Aztecs had 53 student-athletes chosen within the MLB draft, with 13 of these choices making the massive leagues. Three, actually, had been chosen this week.
“Mark has had an incredible run over the past 18 seasons at San Diego State, together with the final 9 as the top coach,” mentioned SDSU athletic director John David Wicker. “Mark’s groups have been aggressive on and off the sphere, and he has left a long-lasting mark on Aztec baseball.”
After spending 17 years as an assistant coach at New Mexico, Martinez was employed in an identical capability at San Diego State in July 2005, initially overseeing infielders and training at third base, in keeping with a college assertion.
Together with Gwynn, Martinez helped the Aztecs finish an 18-year drought from NCAA postseason play with a regional look in 2009.
“I wish to thank Tony Gwynn and the Gwynn household for believing in me and giving me the chance to educate at SDSU,” Martinez added. “Coach Gwynn modified our life’s trajectory and I’m without end grateful.”
Martinez additionally served a five-year stint from 1984-88 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Mesa State Faculty (now Colorado Mesa College) in Grand Junction, Colo.
Martinez performed shortstop at Mesa State from 1982-84, incomes all-conference and all-district honors as a senior.
Along with his work with the Lobos, Martinez gained expertise over two summers in 1993 and 1994 as head coach of the Mat-su Miners within the Alaska Summer time League.
– Metropolis Information Service