GODFREY — Lewis and Clark Community College Trailblazers' baseball coach Coach Randy Martz will be inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame next spring.
Martz has been the head coach at LCCC for 26 years. Additionally, he was manager of the River City Rascals for two years, and has been the pitching coach for the Gateway Grizzlies, of the Frontier League, since 2007. This year will be his last season with the Grizzlies.
“Being inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame really validates my whole baseball career,” Martz said. “My favorite part of coaching is the kids you coach — to see them have a successful life after here.”
A dinner honoring the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductees will take place on Thursday, April 14 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel in St. Louis. Tickets can be purchased by calling Larry Donovan at (636) 671-7147.
Prior to his coaching career, Martz played baseball and football for the University of South Carolina. He was a first round draft pick for the Chicago Cubs in 1977 and the No. 12 pick overall. Martz pitched for the Cubs from 1980-82 and the White Sox in 1983.
Martz was inducted into the University of South Carolina Hall of Fame as a player in 2014 and the Harrisburg Pennsylvania Hall of Fame as a player in 2011. He was inducted into the LCCC Hall of Fame in 2012 as part of the 1996 team's JUCO World Series team.
Martz also guided Jason “Izzy” Isringhausen of Brighton at LCCC in the early 1990s. Isringhausen went on to star for the St. Louis Cardinals and other teams, and rack up 300 career saves as a closer. Isringhausen is the St. Louis Cardinals' career saves leader with 217 from 2002-08.
Martz came to LCCC to take a team that was lackluster and, in 1996, lead that team to Region and District championships and a third place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NCJAA) National Tournament at the USA Olympic Stadium in Millington, Tenn.
“While coach Martz has been devoted to baseball for many, many years at both the amateur and professional levels, his coaching efforts at LCCC, in my opinion, have been the most remarkable,” LCCC director of athletics Doug Stotler said.