Florida State taps Martin Jr. as head coach

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's hard to imagine Florida State baseball without Mike Martin, but you won't have to try.

The Seminoles waste no time naming his successor, making it official the day after returning from Omaha that Mike Martin Jr. will follow his father as the program's ninth head coach.

Junior joined Dad on the bench for 22 seasons, focusing on hitting and recruiting. He was also an all-american as a player.

This hire is important for the Panhandle and NJCAA baseball at large.

Chipola head coach and three-time JUCO national champion Jeff Johnson applied and interviewed. Instead, he'll be back for his 23rd season leading the Indians, saying on Twitter Friday afternoon "proud to have this job at Chipola, now we got to get out there and get more pitchers and hitters for next year!"