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Martinez cites family as the primary reason to quit coaching high school sports

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Frank Martinez watches a player slide into third during a game earlier this year. Martinez, who led the Cowboy baseball team to the first round of the state tournament, has stepped down as head coach, citing family reasons for the decision. Martinez leaves the program after compiling a 64-88 record in six years as the head coach. The team showed steady improvement under Martinez's leadership, finishing this year with a 16-11 record.After six years at the reins of the Crook County High School baseball program, Frank Martinez is calling it quits.

Martinez, who guided the Cowboys to a 16-11 record and a berth in the state playoffs this past season, said that he is stepping down for family reasons.

"Well, there are a lot of little things, but for the most part, I have kids all over the place, and it started getting harder for me to commit," he said. "Right now, I've got three kids in sports, and it's hard for me to travel."

Martinez added that although he will no longer be coaching high school baseball, he will still be involved in both baseball and softball.

He is currently helping coach an American Softball Association softball team that his oldest daughter is playing on. In addition, Martinez has a son who is playing on a traveling baseball team based in Redmond, and a younger daughter who is playing on the Crook County Little League All-Star team.

"It's chaotic stuff that we have to go through to get them all around," he said. "Coaching high school ball put a lot of pressure on my wife to get them all to practice, and I missed a lot of their games."

He added that he hopes to be able to help develop the local youth baseball and softball programs.

"I will still be involved with both baseball and softball, just with younger kids," he said.

Martinez told his team late last week that he would no longer be the head coach.

"I had a meeting with the team," he said. "We met at home plate with all of the varsity and some of the younger kids, and I told them. There were some hugs and some tears. It was pretty emotional, but it was nice."

Martinez compiled a 64-88 record in his six years as head coach at CCHS, including leading the team to play-in games in both 2015 and 2018, as well as reaching the first round of the state playoffs this past season.

"When we started this program, it was pretty limited just to get two teams together," he said. "We really struggled with 23 or 24 kids, then throughout the years we ended up with 30, and then last year, we had 40 players and this year 41. We were able to have three teams for the first time and two summer ball teams. That was my goal was to make the program work, and I think it's on its way now."

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