FSU extends Martin for three more years

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Longtime Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin will be around for a few more years. He signed a three-year extension with the university Friday.

The deal locks up Martin as the Seminoles’ head baseball coach through the 2014-15 season, but the 68-year-old Martin isn't ruling out sticking around longer than that.

"This is where I want to end my career," Martin said. "I'm not saying this is the last contract I'm ever going to sign, but that decision will be made by Florida State."

Martin's deal was set to expire Saturday, but FSU athletics director Randy Spetman said the school was eager to maintain the stability it has enjoyed throughout Martin's 33-year career as the Seminoles' head coach.

"We moved quickly to continue the consistency at the top of our program we have enjoyed since 1980," Spetman said.

The deal comes on the heels of Martin's 15th trip to the College World Series with Florida State --- and third in the last five years -- and it locks up the coach during a key point in recruiting season.

Several key players from the 2011-12 team, including infielders Justin Gonzalez and Devon Travis, are still deciding whether to return to school or sign professional contracts after being selected in this month's amateur draft.

With his deal done, Martin said he's already turned his attention to those issues.

"In this business, you're constantly thinking about the future of your program," Martin said.

Martin has led FSU to 16 conference titles, had 84 players earn All-America honors and seven national players of the year.

"I'm just obviously a guy that loves the university and I'm definitely excited about the future for our program," Martin said.