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"You have to understand that the game is about the young men. The game is not about you."

Mike Martin Florida State

Mike Martin has won more games that you can even dream of. Probably 1,500 more, in fact. That's not a statement of your football coaching abilities, though. Martin is Florida State's head baseball coach.

Now in his 36th season, the 71-year-old entered 2015 with 1,813 wins and 16 conference championships. He's never missed the NCAA tournament.

And what has his Hall of Fame career taught him?

"You have to be yourself," Martin told ESPN.com. "Don't try to be somebody that you aren't or something that you aren't. You have to understand that the game is about the young men. The game is not about you."

Martin has reached 15 College World Series in his him at Florida State, but has yet to win a national championship. Still, he says his most rewarding moments have nothing whatsoever to do with baseball.

"I mean, we all have goals in this sport," Martin said. "But I always love it when a guy comes back and says, 'Eleven, I really appreciate the way you got on me when I wasn't doing my job in the classroom,' and then he looks me in the eye and brags about a job he's got or the way he's worked up the ladder to success. That's what still excites me. To see them come here as a boy and leave as a man, that is still truly what I love to get out of the game."