Jake Martin became head baseball coach at DePauw University in 2009 after serving six previous years as the Tigers’ top assistant. His teams have posted a 161-139 record.
The 2016 Tigers compiled a 25-19 record after advancing to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament championship game. The season completed a turnaround from a 15-24 mark in 2015.
Martin led the 2014 team to an NCAC title which was the first for the program since 2001. The team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship for the second time in three seasons. There the Tigers defeated top-ranked Webster University 2-1 in the opener, before claiming third place in the regional.
In 2012, Martin led the team to a North Coast Athletic Conference Western Division title and a runner-up finish at the NCAC tournament. The team then earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time since 2001. The Tigers' 34 wins ranked second in school history and Martin was named the NCAC Coach of the Year and the D3baseball.com Mideast Region Coach of the Year.
Under Martin’s leadership, the 2012 Tigers finished the season ranked in the top 25 in Division III in seven team statistical categories, including runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, slugging percentage and fielding percentage. The .974 fielding percentage shattered the single-season record and ranked third in the country.
In his first year at the helm, Martin led the team to 26 wins and a second-place finish in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, the Tigers’ highest finish since 2001. Playing a highly competitive schedule, the Tigers posted wins against fifth-ranked Birmingham Southern and a doubleheader sweep over eventual national champion Illinois Wesleyan. Under Martin’s lead in 2010, the team set the school record for doubles and shattered the school’s single season fielding percentage mark (.968) which was good for 11th in the country.
In 2011, the Tigers earned a second seed in the conference tournament and finished fourth in the final SCAC standings.
In his six years as an assistant with the Tigers, the program posted an overall record of 185-104, including a 68- 27 mark in conference play. The team broke the school’s all-time win record (35 wins in 2008) three times and averaged 27 wins per season during that span. As the team’s hitting and base running instructor, Martin helped the Tiger offense rewrite the program’s record book. They set single-season records for stolen bases, runs scored, home runs, RBIs and total bases, while the 2004 and 2008 offenses posted the second and third highest batting averages in school history.
In addition to his time at DePauw, Martin served as pitching coach for the Granville Settlers of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League in their inaugural season. Two of his pitchers earned all-league honors and are currently pitching professionally.
The Wabash College graduate played center field and pitched for the Little Giants, earning four varsity letters. Martin received all-conference honors as a pitcher and outfielder and was named team MVP in 2001 and 2003. A Milroy, Ind., native, Martin earned a master’s degree from Indiana State University.