Drew Martinez is in his second season on Southwest baseball coaching staff after spending a year as assistant coach at The University of Memphis, where he was the leadoff hitter and all-conference centerfielder from 2009-11. Martinez started 162 games in his career at the U of M for Coach Daron Schoenrock, batting .342 with 237 hits, 152 runs scored and 78 runs batted in. He was named to the 2009 Conference USA All-Freshman team and later received second team all-conference honors in 2010 and 2011.

ASSISTANT COACH DREW MARTINEZ

After his sophomore season, Martinez was drafted by the New York Mets. He returned to the Tigers for his junior season and was then drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 10th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Martinez played two seasons in the Angels’ organization before joining the Gary South Shore RailCats in the American Association. He played a total of four seasons with the RailCats and the Laredo Lemurs before retiring in 2016. During the 2014 season for the RailCats, Martinez ranked fourth in the league with a .358 batting average and was the only player from a non-playoff team to make the American Association All-Star team.

While finishing his professional baseball career, Martinez began his coaching career, serving as assistant coach at First Assembly Christian School (2015) and Collierville High School (2016) before moving on to The University of Memphis in 2017. He also served as the head coach for the Fulton County Railroaders of the Ohio Valley Summer League in 2017.

Coming from a baseball family, his father Chito Martinez played three years in the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles and was the first Belizian to play major league baseball.