What do you think about the season so far?
"It's going OK. We're playing pretty decent. Our
record's Ok, but we have a lot of room for improvement."
Why have you decided to become a coach at USF?
"Because I want to get back into baseball at some capacity
and I'm right here in Tampa. I don't have to travel as much as I would if I
were a professional coach. So, coach Prado asked me to be a coach and I thought
it would be a great opportunity."
What do you think about Coach Prado?
"He's a great college coach, a great motivator, and I
think he's going to turn this program around."
What is your preferred style of coaching?
"In college, you have to be aggressive. We don't have a
lot of power, so, it varies from team to team. With this team, we have to make
How has the transition from "player" to "coach" been for
"It's been great because I remember vividly what it's like
to play in college and what it's like to struggle, as well as improve as a
player. So, I feel like I can tell these guys how to get better, and teach them
day in and day out on how to become better players and get them prepared for the
When you look back at your tenure here, what do you want
"Well, I would like to win a World Series (CWS) here.
That would be great. Also build a big program here and build a new stadium here
and get this team to Omaha."
The USF baseball team is off to an 18-8 start this season, and a big part of that is the hitting. The Bulls are batting .304 as a team, with 258 hits and 190 runs scored. USFNation got a chance to talk with hitting Coach Tino Martinez. Read on to find out why he came to USF, and making the transition from player to coach and more. Only on USFNation.com!