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Mark Martinez

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
9th Year

Alma Mater:
Mesa State '84

Mark Martinez

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ark Martinez begins his ninth season as an assistant coach at San Diego State. He was hired on July, 28, 2005, arriving at SDSU after 17 years as an assistant at the University of New Mexico.

Martinez's responsibilities include being in charge of the Aztec infielders and also serves as SDSU's third base coach during games. In addition, is involved with the Aztec baseball camps and clinics, a series of seminars offered each winter and summer.

"We feel very fortunate to have Mark in the Aztec baseball program," said Gwynn. "His experience and knowledge of the game are impressive and we feel he is a tremendous asset as we continue to build the program here at San Diego State University."

During his tenure as a hitting and infield coach at New Mexico, Martinez was a key member in leading the Lobo offense that became one of the most prominent in the nation under his tutelage.

New Mexico was ranked among the top 11 teams in the nation in hitting his final four seasons and the Lobos were ranked among the top 10 in batting, slugging, doubles, triples and homers in 2005. He also helped lead the Lobos to the 2000 Mountain West Conference regular-season title.

Over his 17 seasons with New Mexico, he coached 47 all-conference selections and four conference players of the year. UNM also produced eight All-Americans, four freshman All-Americans and four Academic All-Americans during that span. In addition, 31 players were drafted in his 17 years at UNM.

The 52-year-old Martinez came to New Mexico in 1988 after a five-year stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. He was an assistant there from 1984-88.

Martinez played shortstop at Mesa State from 1982-84, earning all-conference and all-district honors as a senior. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1984. He completed his master's in sports administration from New Mexico in January 1990.

In addition to his work with the Lobos, Martinez gained valuable experience in the summers of 1993 and 1994 as head coach of the Mat-su Miners in the Alaska Summer League.

Born Dec. 18, 1961, in Aurora, Colo., Martinez graduated from Longmont (Colo.) High School in 1980. He and wife, Jada Lucey Martinez, formerly UNM's associate athletic director for development, have two children: a daughter, Marissa (15), and a son, Cade (10).