On Tuesday, San Diego State University announced a three-year extension for their current head baseball coach, Mark Martinez.
Martinez got his start at SDSU as an assistant coach under baseball legend Tony Gwynn. When Mr. Padre passed away, Martinez stepped up as the head coach and has done a terrific job.
Like all Aztec athletic programs, the baseball program has seen dramatic growth over the last ten years.
In that time period, 36 players were drafted, including notable names Stephen Strasburg, Ty France, and Casey Schmitt. Five of those 36 players were drafted last season, with one additional player immediately signing as an undrafted free agent.
That success of individual players has helped keep a pipeline of new recruits coming into SDSU to play baseball. This fact has made the Aztecs contenders in the Mountain West on a consistent basis.
The results prove that point for Mark Martinez.
Under his reign, the Aztecs are 215-150. They have made the NCAA championship three times in that span (2015, 2017, and 2018). Most recently, they led the Mountain West with 30 wins and ranked in NCAA top 10 in batting average, on-base percentage, and runs per game.
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This extension will keep Martinez in San Diego through the 2026 season.
It remains a perfect fit. He is a coach who knows San Diego baseball, has learned from the best, and lets the results speak for himself.