Doug Martin enters his eighth season at Northwest Florida State College at the helm of the reigning NJCAA National Champions and as the NJCAA Division I Coach of the Year.
In his career with the Raiders, Martin has led NWF State College to a 212-128 record, two third-place finishes in the Panhandle Conference, two Panhandle Runner-Up in 2012 and 2015, one Panhandle Conference Championship in 2011, one FCSAA State Tournament Championship and one NJCAA National Championship, both in 2015 and firsts for NWF. Additionally, Coach Martin has helped numerous players earn scholarships to four-year schools or sign professional contracts.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at Northwest Florida State, Coach Martin spent 10 seasons at Pensacola Junior College (now Pensacola State College), where he was the assistant head coach from 1999-2004 and the associate head coach from 2005-08. He enjoyed a great deal of success while at Pensacola Junior College. In 2002, he helped lead the Pirates to a Panhandle Conference Championship and a State Runner-up finish, which was the school's first state tournament appearance in twelve years. Two years later in 2004, PJC experienced the best season in school history by claiming a State/Region VIII Title, a JUCO World Series appearance, and a sixth place finish in the entire country. Just a year later, the Pirates made it back to the state tournament by finishing runner-up in the Panhandle Conference. And in 2008, Martin aided the PJC Pirates to a Panhandle Conference Championship, a school best 41-6 record, another state tournament appearance, and a #1 national ranking for eight weeks during the season.
Another terrific accomplishment during Martin's tenure at Pensacola Junior College was his ability to get his players to the next level. Throughout his nine seasons, Coach Martin coached over 30 players who went on to play professional baseball. Furthermore, dozens of his players received scholarships to continue their careers at 4-year institutions.
While at PJC, Martin also dabbled in professional baseball as a coach for the Pensacola Pelicans in 2005. Overseeing the pitching staff, Martin helped the Pelicans lead the league in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Additionally, the Pelicans made the post-season that year, advancing to the divisional play-off series.
The Pelicans were not the only professional club Martin assisted. During the 1990's, Coach Martin served as an Associate Scout for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves enjoyed unprecedented success during this time, winning several consecutive divisional titles and a World Series in 1995.
Coach Martin is also very familiar with the high school level, having won district championships for Pensacola High School in 1994 and Escambia High School in 1998.
Born in 1970, Martin is a native of Pensacola, FL. He excelled as a player at Pensacola Junior College from 1989-90, and then went on to play for the nationally-ranked Auburn University at Montgomery in 1992-93.
When he is not on the baseball field, Coach Martin is a devoted family man. In 1996 he married the former Candice Garrison of Montgomery, AL. They have two children, Kayla and Brady.
Chris Johns makes his way to Northwest Florida State College after coaching at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. Johns began his coaching career at the University of Northern Colorado. After two years at his alma mater, Johns went to Iowa Western Community College. In his three seasons at Iowa Western he was part of two National Championship squads in 2010 and 2012 and a 3rd place finish in 2011. He helped send seventeen pitchers on to four year schools, twelve of them being Division 1. His 2013 pitching staff had the lowest ERA in school history, which was also the lowest ERA in the country that year. From Iowa Western, Johns went to back to the Division I level at Hofstra University. His pitching staff set two school records in two of his three years there, most strikeouts in a season (321) in 2013 and lowest ERA in a season (4.89) in 2014.
During the offseason, Johns has spent time as the pitching coach for the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League as well as the Keene Swamp Bats in the New England Collegiate League. Each league recognized as two of the top collegiate summer leagues in the nation.
In his eight years of coaching collegiately Johns has coached 37 players that have continued their careers in professional baseball. The highest draft pick he coached was Bryan Verbitsky who was taken by the San Diego Padres in the 3rd round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Johns is a 2001 graduate of Rampart High School in Colorado Springs. He started his collegiate playing career at Lamar Community College where he currently holds the record for career wins with 21. He was an All-American in 2003 and was projected as the top junior college pitcher in the country by Baseball America in 2004. Upon graduation at Lamar, Johns transferred to Louisiana Lafayette for his junior season. His senior year he returned to his home state to pitch for Northern Colorado. Johns was the Bears ace in 2006, posting wins against #2 Nebraska and Big XII Champion Kansas among others.
Michael was born and raised in Seneca Falls, New York, a town in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. He graduated from Mynderse Academy high school in 2013 as a member of the National Honor Society. Michael played on the varsity baseball team for 4 years as a starter in the infield, playing every inning of all 87 games. He was a four-year letter winner, all Finger Lakes East all 4 years, team Co-captain in Junior and Senior seasons, and helped his team win the Section 5 championship his senior year.
Michael attended Jefferson Community College in Watertown New York playing baseball for head coach John Northrop. After a successful career at JCC as team captain his sophomore year, Michael earned a degree in Liberal Arts. He then played a summer collegiate team affiliated with the NYCBL and PGCBL (Capital City Reds in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) under head coach Roch Seguin. Michael accepted a baseball scholarship to attend division II Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. Michael started every game as an infielder, primarily at third base, and was Team Captain his senior year under coach Mason Heyne. In between Michael’s Junior and Senior season, he played in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League. While playing that summer in South Florida, he also met his internship responsibilities working at the league office as well as with the GMNO Sports Marketing and Management which is owned by the SFCBL founder and commissioner Vince Farfaglia. Michael graduated from Davis & Elkins with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports management. Michael coached 2 years at St. Lawrence University as a graduate assistant under head coach Peter Hoy. He was the third base coach and he worked with the hitters and infielders. Mike’s other responsibilities as assistant coach included assisting with recruiting and overseeing the team’s social media. Wood graduated in May 2019 with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In the summer of 2018 Wood again headed to the SFCBL as an assistant coach for the Boynton Beach Buccaneer’s.
In the summer of 2019 Michael accepted the position as head coach for the Watertown Rapids of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in Watertown, New York. Midway through the season, Michael was selected as Head Coach for the West Division in the annual All Star Game in Saugerties, New York.
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