Gwynn gets 1-year extension, Martinez promoted

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has been given a one-year contract extension as baseball coach at San Diego State.

Gwynn has been on a medical leave since late March while recovering from cancer treatment. He took over the program at his alma mater after the 2002 season.

Along with Gwynn's extension, the school announced Wednesday that Mark Martinez has been promoted from associate head coach to executive head coach and given a contract through 2017.

Athletic director Jim Sterk says he's not sure when Gwynn will return.

"We're hopeful," Sterk said. "We want Coach as a part of our program as long as he wants to be, but I'm just not sure at this time. We're just basically extending his current contract a year and then we'll see where we are this time next year, and we can address it at that time."

Gwynn was last with the Aztecs on March 25.

He has had two operations for cancer in his right cheek since August 2010. In a complicated surgery in February 2012, surgeons removed a facial nerve because it was intertwined with a tumor inside his right cheek. They grafted a nerve from Gwynn's neck to help him eventually regain facial movement.

Martinez took over the day-to-day duties for a majority of this season while Gwynn focused on his health. The Aztecs finished 42-21, including victories in nine of their final 11 games entering the NCAA tournament. SDSU won the Mountain West Conference tournament before losing two straight games in the NCAA regionals.