Seminole State College Head Baseball Coach Dax Leone stepped down from his coaching position Friday. Long-time assistant coach James Martin has been appointed interim head coach for the Spring 2018 semester.

Leone’s ties to the SSC baseball program began in late 90’s as a player at the school. In 2015, Leone was hired as an assistant coach for the Trojans and later assumed the position of head coach in July 2016 upon the retirement of former head coach Lloyd Simmons. Leone led the Trojans through a successful 2016-2017 season – earning the title of Region II champions and advancing on to the district playoffs. Though he will no longer be coaching baseball at SSC, he will continue to teach in the business and education division. He also plans to spend more time with his family.

SSC President Lana Reynolds said, “We wish Coach Leone well in his future endeavors and appreciate his interest in staying connected to Seminole State College. We also appreciate Coach Martin’s willingness to temporarily lead a program of which he has been an integral part for over a decade.”

Martin played at Seminole State from 1989 to 1991. He went on play at Oklahoma State University for one season before being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1992. Martin played four years in the Dodgers minor league organization. Martin also had one year stints with the New York Mets and the Houston Astros and served three years with the Atlantic League. He first began as an assistant coach for the Trojans in 2003.