Head Coach - Robert Martinez
Rob Martinez is not a stranger to the Hawk baseball program, as he served as an assistant coach under Britt Smith in two different stints, first from 2011-2013 and second in 2015-2016. During this time, he was a part of two WJCAC Championship teams.
Martinez, a native of El Paso, Texas, began his coaching career at East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi where he served as an assistant coach for Neal Holliman. While in Decatur, the Warriors won a conference championship in 2007. After the 2009 season Martinez accepted the position of hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas. In the summer of 2010 Martinez accepted a position as the bench coach for the El Paso Diablos, an independent baseball team in the American Association of Independent Baseball League. Martinez coached the El Paso Diablos alongside Butch Henry, a nine-year big league veteran. Following two seasons at EPCC, Martinez returned to his roots at Howard College to work alongside a prior teammate J Bob Thomas and accepted the position as assistant coach under Smith.
After two seasons with the Hawks, Coach Martinez took the head baseball coach position at El Paso Community College (EPCC). He guided the Tejanos to a 23-33 in the 2014 season, which was the best record since 2008. The two most recognize players under Martinez at EPCC were Eudor Garcia and Jeremy Rivera. Garcia was named National Player of the Year by the NJCAA and was also drafted in the 4th round by the New York Mets. Rivera was a 17th round pick selection by the Boston Red Sox.
Following his time at EPCC, Coach Martinez served as the head baseball coach and physical education instructor at Eastwood High School. After a full year in the high school ranks, Martinez decided to return to the college level, and once again found his place as the Hawks’ assistant coach under Britt Smith. He served in this position until being named as the head coach upon the resignation of Smith in 2016.
Martinez played at Eastwood High School in El Paso under Ruly Medrano. He was named twice All State for the Troopers. He began his collegiate career at Howard College playing two seasons under Britt Smith. While a Hawk, Martinez garnered First Team All American honors in 2004 and was named the Rawlins Big Stick award winner for the Southwest District with a .448 BA, 7 HR’s, 17 doubles and 70 RBI’s. Martinez finished his playing career in 2006 at University of West Alabama where he was twice named a first team All-Conference player in the Gulf South conference.
Coach Martinez graduated from University of West Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2008.
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Assistant Coach - Jon Coyne
Jon Coyne's focus is the Hawks infielders/outfielders. Coyne also assists with the team's hitters while serving as one of the program's recruiters.
Coyne is no stranger to college level baseball as he comes to Howard College after spending two seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Cisco College. During his time at Cisco he helped turn the Wranglers into one of the winningest Division I junior college programs in the nation (90 wins - average of 45 wins per season). Coyne helped send 37 players to Division 1 schools and had four players selected in the MLB draft.
In 2016 Coyne helped lead the Wranglers to a Region 5 championship and a trip to the Junior College World Series, finishing with a 48-16 record. While not recruiting, Coyne served as the team’s hitting coach where they finished in the top ten in eight offensive categories (Runs - 3rd, Hits - 1st, Doubles - 1st, Triples - 4th, RBI - 3rd, Avg. - 2nd, OBP - 7th, Slug% - 3rd). Coyne has also served as the pitching coach at Cisco and helped lead the Wranglers to the lowest ERA in Region 5.
Prior to Cisco, Coyne was the volunteer assistant at Wichita State University (WSU) for two seasons under college baseball hall of fame inductee Gene Stephenson. He helped with recruiting, hitting, and defense, and also served as the first base coach. WSU reached the Manhattan regional in his first season by winning the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. During his time at WSU he helped 9 players get selected in the MLB draft, including first rounder Casey Gillespie.
Before coming to WSU, Coyne was the volunteer assistant coach at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) for the fall 2012 semester. He assisted with infielders, hitters and base runners and also served as the camp director.
Coyne served as the head coach for NTIS Team USA North Texas 13U from 2011-12 and was the assistant coach for NTIS Team USA North Texas 17U and 15U.
From 2010-12, Coyne coached with the Dallas Tigers Select baseball team and in the summer of 2011, Coyne coached the Coppell Copperheads to the Texas Collegiate League championship.
Coyne’s collegiate career in baseball includes one year with UTPA as a first baseman and two years at El Paso Community College where he was named to the all-conference team.
Coyne graduated from North Texas University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in general studies.
Assistant Coach - Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez will work primarily with the pitchers and assist in recruiting.
Lopez comes to Howard College after a one year stint at a brand new NAIA program, Marymount California University (MCU). During his one year at MCU Lopez was named the associate head coach and helped with the day-to-day recruiting.
In the first year of the program Lopez helped the Mariners win there first CAL PAC Conference Championship and reach the 2016 West Grouping Championship. Lopez had three players selected to the 2016 All-California Pacific Conference Team, while also coaching the CAL PAC conference player of the year, and the CAL PAC Freshman of the year.
Prior to coaching at Marymount California University, Lopez was the volunteer assistant coach for two seasons at the University of Arizona under Andy Lopez. Lopez assisted with the pitchers during practices and helped run the bullpen during games. Off the field, his job consisted off preparing scouting reports on opposing teams, directing Andy Lopez Baseball Camp, and assisting in recruiting.
Lopez’s collegiate career in baseball includes four years (2009-2012) at the University of Arizona. Lopez was named captain of the 2012 team which won the NCAA National Championship in Omaha, Nebraska.
Lopez, graduated from The University of Arizona in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in family studies.
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