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Martinez helped Gwynn transform and build the program into what it is today. He has helped guide the Aztecs to three regional appearances in the past six years after an 18-year absence from the postseason. Along the way, he has guided the team to back-to-back Mountain West Championships. He has also helped build an academic program that saw the highest APR in the history of the program last season, as well as the most scholar-athletes and highest team GPA in the history of the program. Martinez has had 37 players drafted in his time at San Diego State, and had six of those draft picks make the major leagues (Stephen Strasburg, Addison Reed, Justin Masterson, Bruce Billings, Quintin Berry and Lance Zawadski). In addition, Martinez has helped guide 41 Aztecs to All-Mountain West honors and six Aztecs to All-American accolades.
In his inaugural season at the helm of the Aztec program, Martinez saw his team capture its third consecutive Mountain West Championship and earn a third straight berth in the NCAA Regionals. The team’s final 41-23 record marked the first time the Aztecs finished with back-to-back 40-win campaigns since the 1990 and 1991 seasons.
Seven Aztecs earned all-league honors and the team produced a Freshman All-American, three All-West Region selections, three members of the NCAA Regional all-tournament team and five athletes on the conference championship all-tourney team including the MVP for the third year in a row. Four players (Bubba Derby, Steven Pallares, Mark Seyler, Ty France) were taken in the 2015 Major League draft as well.
During the 2014 season, Martinez helped lead the Aztecs to their second consecutive conference championship. The overall 42-21 record was the best win percentage in 30 years of the program. The Aztecs also made their second consecutive regional, playing in Lafayette, Louisiana, as the No. 3 seed.
After the season, the 2014 Aztecs saw six players drafted (Michael Cederoth, Greg Allen, Brad Haynal, Tim Zier, Brandon Thomas and Justin Hepner) and saw another sign as an undrafted free agent (Evan Potter). Of the six players that signed after the 2014 season, only one (Cederoth) had been drafted before their time at San Diego State.
In addition closer Michael Cederoth was also named a Baseball America First-Team All-American while third baseman Ty France was named a Baseball America Third Team All-American.
Martinez was also an integral part of recruiting the 2014 recruiting class, which was ranked as the 19th-best freshman class in the country by Baseball America.
Martinez was hired as an assistant coach on July 28, 2005, arriving at SDSU after 17 years as an assistant at the University of New Mexico. His responsibilities included being in charge of the Aztec infielders and serving 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.
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 55-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 (18), and a son, Cade (13).