Forrest Martin enters his fourth year as an assistant coach with the FGCU baseball program, with a primary focus on the pitching staff.
Martin helped FGCU earn its third A-Sun Pitcher of the Year award as he guided Ricky Knapp to a stellar campaign winning nine games and finishing 55th in the nation in ERA at 2.35.
Aiming for the fourth straight A-Sun Championship entering the 2011 season, Martin’s pitching staff received preseason praise when senior righty Richie Erath was a named the Atlantic Sun Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, senior closer Jack Wagoner was named to the initial watch list for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award.
In his first season with the staff in 2010, Martin directed the rotation to a 38-20 record and 25-5 conference mark on the way to the program’s third consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference championship. Leading the conference with 484 strikeouts and holding opponents to a league-low .290 average, the Eagles’ pitching staff was successful in taking all 10 A-Sun series on the campaign.
After their successful season on the mound, the Eagles’ pitching staff garnered a number of postseason awards and accolades with the entire starting rotation earning a spot on the A-Sun All-Conference teams. First team honorees included a unanimous selection in southpaw Chris Sale, who ranked fourth in the nation with 146 strikeouts on his way to a perfect 11-0 record and a 2.01 ERA, in addition to right-hander Pete Woodworth, who posted a 9-2 record with 67 strikeouts. Although highly deserving of a first team bid, Richie Erath was named to the All-Conference second team after finishing second on the team with 76 strikeouts and holding a 7-4 overall record.
The Blue and Green also received attention on the national level with the on-field performance of Sale. A five-time All-American for the Eagles (Ping!Baseball, Louisville Slugger, Yahoo! Sports, Baseball America, ABCA/Rawlings), Sale became the second player in program history to win the A-Sun Pitcher of the Year award, the Collegiate Baseball Pitcher of the Year, and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, awarded to the nation’s top overall player. Following his junior campaign, the highly decorated collegiate pitcher made the jump to professional level when he was drafted with the 13th overall selection by the Chicago White Sox in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Originally from Buffalo Valley, Okla., Martin played collegiately at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he earned All-American, All-Region and conference pitcher of the year honors. Martin became the program’s all-time leader in strikeouts (291), while ranking in the top 10 with 19 wins (6th), 225.1 innings pitched (4th) and 3.40 ERA (2nd).
Following his collegiate career, Martin signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003 and played in the organization for three years.
Martin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Southwestern and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Applied Exercise Science.