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Meet new San Diego State Head Baseball Coach Mark Martinez

In the aftermath of the tragic passing of longtime Aztec coach Tony Gwynn, former assistant coach Mark Martinez was named his successor.

Matt Hoffman

After serving as an assistant coach under Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for nine seasons, Mark Martinez was named Aztec baseball's next head coach on Wednesday.

Martinez, 52, takes the reigns in the aftermath of Gwynn's passing. Gwynn, who had been battling parotid cancer, passed away June 16. Since then, Martinez had assumed the title of executive head coach.

Martinez realizes the shoes he has to fill will be no easy task.

"Tony laid the groundwork for the program, where it's at. That is always going to be there. Tony's stamp on this program will be here forever... Hopefully myself and our staff can put our stamp on the program and improve it," said an emotional Martinez.

Martinez plans to follow in Gwynn's footsteps, knowing it's what he would have wanted.

"If it's not broke, don't fix it. I think the program is very healthy right now... Our biggest thing was to take the baton and carry it forward," said Martinez.

The 2014-15 season will be Martinez's first commanding the dugout and he expects a successful season.

"I think we are really doing a great job conference-wise; regionally, I think we need to get the point where we can compete nationally," said Martinez.

In the meantime, Martinez is already at work; prepping for the upcoming season and scouting for future ones.