Fisher earns 100th career victory at CSU
Day 1 of the Colorado State Classic. CSU softball went 2-0 - 3/7/15 [Photos by Dan Byers]
Senior Day and the final game of the 2014 CSU softball season, the winningest in more than a decade. Photos by Dan Byers.
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Melissa Martinez enters her sixth season as an assistant coach for the Colorado State softball team in 2015-16. She was added to the coaching staff by Head Coach Jen Fisher on Sept. 1, 2010. Fisher was Martinez's softball coach while playing at Otero Junior College.
At CSU, Martinez focuses on the Rams' defense, in addition to working with the team's catchers. She is also CSU's first-base coach. Off the field, Martinez is CSU's recruiting coordinator, and handles all film and scouting responsibilities. In her four seasons with the Rams, she has worked with 12 All-Mountain West selections, in addition to three who have earned NFCA All-Region accolades.
In 2014, CSU went 32-17, the most wins since 2004 and the sixth-best winning percentage in program history. The team's .964 fielding percentage ranked fourth in CSU's record book, while the Rams' offense ranked as one of the most prolific in more than a decade, hitting .313 (fourth in CSU single-season history) and scoring 294 runs (third).
After an injury sidelined starting catcher Emily Pohl, Martinez helped develop Jaelyn Manzanares, who as a sophomore slugged .471 with five home runs, while also throwing out 10 base runners.
Martinez came to CSU after a four-year stint as the head coach at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., where she took over for Fisher in 2007. Prior to taking over the reigns as head coach of the Rattlers, Martinez spent two seasons as an assistant under Fisher at OJC.
At OJC, Martinez continued a winning tradition, running the Rattlers' streak of consecutive Region IX championships to eight as a rookie head coach in 2007. She was recognized as the Region IX Coach of the Year, and again in 2009, leading her team to a region crown for the third year in a row.
Martinez's teams finished in the top 20 of the NJCAA national rankings in each of her first three seasons, including a No. 5 ranking to end 2007. She coached three NJCAA All-Americans and seven NJCAA Academic All-Americans. Martinez finished her coaching career at OJC with an overall record of 146-67.
An all-region and Academic All-America performer as a player at OJC, Martinez finished her career at Colorado State-Pueblo, where she earned her bachelor's degree in business management in 2005.
The former Melissa Perea was married to her husband, Jeremy, in June 2014. The two reside in Fort Collins.
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