PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - "I always said that when I thought it was time, wouldn't it be great to be able to say, I think it's time."
Forty. That's the number of seasons Mike Martin will coach at FSU before he hangs it up.
"Not that I don't think I can continue on, maybe it's time," Martin said. "Forty years as a head coach, that's uh, that's a long time."
This decision coming just a month after Martin made history as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball history.
"It never got to the point that I was tired of the game," Martin said. "It never got to the point that I didn't enjoy watching young men get better. It just got to the point where I was too rough on myself and I didn't want to be somebody that I haven't been for all of these years. And the more that I've thought about it since I've made the decision, the more I know it's time."
Jamie Hale: "This is your last season coming up. What do you want to accomplish in your last season?"
"I just want to be the same kind of coach that I've tried to be with certain improvements," Martin said.
With a lot of young guys coming in this season, "There's going to be some kind of mistakes that we will make early," Martin said. "And I've got to be able to teach and coach the way that I've tried to for the past 39 years. We just got to work hard, we got to trust each other."
You can trust Martin to go out the same way he came in.
"This is it, nothing's going to change," Martin said. "We're going to run the ball out hard every time. We're going to play the game the right way, but I know that this is it."
When Martin steps off his field the last time as head coach next year, it's not so much his overall record and awards he'll remember most, but the words of others.
"I think the main sentence that everyone used was that I had an impact on their life," Martin said. "Whether it was doing things the right way or treating people with respect. Those are things that make me proud to say that somebody said that I had a positive influence on their life. That means an awful lot to me and my family."
Jamie Hale: "You have fans all across the world, Mike Martin fans, what do you want to tell them if they're watching this and you can say to them on camera?"
"I'll say to the fans what I've said many, many times," Martin said. "And I mean this from the bottom of my heart, Florida State baseball would not be what it is today without our fans. Our fans have made us what we are today."