San Diego State Names Martinez Head Coach

See Also: Tony Gwynn Dies

See Also: Gwynn Embraced Coaching Career

San Diego State, as expected, named Mark Martinez as head coach, succeeding the late Tony Gwynn, to whom Martinez had served as an assistant since 2005.

In March, SDSU announced Gwynn had signed a contract extension through 2015 and promoted Martinez from associate head coach to executive head coach and extended him through 2017. Shortly after, Gwynn took a leave of absence as he dealt with cancer in his salivary glands that he attributed to his longtime habit of chewing tobacco. He did not return to the team and passed away on June 16.

Martinez, 52, helped led the Aztecs to a 42-21 record in 2014, including victories in nine of their final 11 games entering the NCAA tournament. Before joining SDSU, Martinez spent 17 years as an assistant at New Mexico.

San Diego State also announced that pitching coach John Pawlowski, previously the head coach at Auburn and the College of Charleston, has been elevated to associate head coach, and that Joe Oliveira has been elevated to full-time assistant after serving as SDSU’s volunteer assistant coach during the 2014 season.