John Martin, Head Baseball Coach
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John Martin took over the Central Oklahoma baseball program in 2015 and in just four seasons, has already totaled 142 victories for the Bronze & Blue.
Martin has a 142-84-1 record in four years at the helm since taking the head coaching position ahead of the 2016 season. He reached 100 career wins in 2018 and did it in style, winning the final game of the regular season to not only reach the milestone, but also win Central Oklahoma its first MIAA Championship since joining the league six years ago.
Martin has led UCO to four consecutive 30+ win seasons in advancing to the NCAA Tournament Central Regional in each of the past three seasons. UCO reached the regional finals in 2017 and 2019.
Martin has also had a pair of Major League Baseball draft picks. Holden Capps was picked in the eighth round by the Kansas City Royals in 2017 and Austin Lambright was picked in the 10th round by the Royals in 2018.
UCO has had 16 All-MIAA selections under Martin, five All-Region honors, and three All-Americans.
Martin took over the UCO reigns in July of 2015 after four years as head coach at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and led the Bronchos to a 30-22 record in his first season, with two players earning All-America honors.
John, a former standout at Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Emporia State and Major League Baseball draft pick, went 133-105 at Coffeyville and guided the Ravens to the regional tournament all four years.
John assumed control of the Coffeyville program in August 2011 and led the team to a school-record 33 wins during the 2012 season, earning Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year honors.
The Ravens tied that record by winning 33 games again the following season, set another record with a 38-18 campaign in 2014 and had 29 wins last spring. Martin took the Ravens to four straight super regional tournaments, one of just two teams in the junior college ranks to accomplish that feat.
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Martin played one year at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College before going to ESU and putting together a sensational three-year starting career at catcher.
John capped his college career by leading the Hornets to the NCAA Division II World Series as a senior and was a 24th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006. He played two years in the Dodgers organization and also played one season each for independent professional teams in Kansas City and Wichita.
Martin returned to Emporia State to start his college coaching career in 2008 as assistant coach, directing the pitchers and catchers. He helped the Hornets to a 134-42 record during his three-year tenure, including a national runner-up finish in 2009.
Martin also spent two summers as manager of the Liberal Bee Jays, a summer collegiate baseball team. He coached the team to a 42-13 record and the National Baseball Congress championship in 2010 when he was named NBC Manager of the Year.
John is married (Courtney) and has one daughter (Emmie).
Todd George, Assistant Coach
Todd George returned to the Bronchos in 2018 after spending the previous two seasons at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and has had a tremendous impact as Central's pitching coach over the past two seasons.
George came to UCO in the fall of 2014 and spent the 2015 season as the Broncho pitching coach. He resumed those duties upon his return and helped lead the Bronchos MIAA Championship in 2018. UCO's pitching staff also led the league in strikeouts, tallying nearly 500 Ks on the year. It was the second-most strikeouts in one season for UCO since 2000. He also coached Central's second MLB Draft Pick in as many years, Austin Lambright, who was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 10th round of the 2018 draft.
In 2019, the Bronchos topped their previous mark with 548 strikeouts. George guided starter Dylan Hall to a single season school record 123 strikeouts and a trio of All-Region accolades. The Bronchos also had the top three appearances marks for pitchers last season and were among the national leaders in team ERA, team strikeouts, and had one of the best Ks per nine innings in the country.
George helped ORU to an 81-37 record from 2016-17. He came to UCO previously from Seminole State College, which he led to a 41-18 mark in 2014, directing one of the best pitching staffs in the country. George has also coached at Oklahoma Baptist and Southwestern Oklahoma State.
A native of Oklahoma City, George spent several years playing professional baseball. After playing collegiately for Seminole, Texas-Arlington, and OBU, he went on to play in the Montreal Expos organization before beginning his coaching career.
Todd is married (Kadie) and has one daughter (Elliott).
Braden Brown, Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach
In his second year at Central Oklahoma is graduate assistant coach Braden Brown, who coaches infielders for the Broncho baseball team.
Originally from Kansas City, Mo., Brown went to high school at Liberty High before playing collegiate baseball at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., and at Tabor College in Kansas. He received academic honors at both Coffeyville and at Tabor. Also, while at Tabor, Brown played in the NAIA World Series in 2015.
Brown has for the past two seasons coached at Coffeyville and has also coached for Cavalier Baseball Club, a summer ball club in Kansas City. He has a bachelor's degree in Sports Management and is working toward his MBA at UCO.
Trent McMaster, Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach
In his second season at Central Oklahoma is graduate assistant Trent McMaster, who coaches outfielders for the Bronchos as well as helping as a hitting coach.
Originally from Topeka, Kan., McMaster went to Washburn Rural High School and graduated from there in 2014. He then went on to play college baseball at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas for two years before spending the next two at Kansas State University in Manhattan. McMaster also played for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the Northwoods League and the Springfield Sliders in the Prospect League.
He graduated from Kansas State in 2018 with a degree in Kinesiology and is working toward his master's degree at Central in Health Wellness & Exercise Science.