Zach Martin originally co-founded the Homestead Ranchers in 2010, taking the roles of Assistant General Manager and Bench Coach. Under his tutelage, The Ranch secured a second place finish in the Skyscrapers Baseball League in 2011. He also assisted in placing multiple JUCO students with D1 programs.
After a two year hiatus to focus on AcademyELITE Baseball’s high school elite travel program, Martin returned to the Ranchers in September 2013 as their General Manager, stepping into the impossibly large shoes of Don Rupert. Since then, he has revamped Homestead’s roster, focusing on young pitchers and up-the-middle talent. He has also created a host family program along the way.
Martin has been the Director of Baseball Operation at AcademyELITE Baseball in Glenview, IL since 2008. His main focus has been on the 18U program, where he resided as GM and Head Coach. Under his lead, the 18U Homestead Ranchers — formerly the AcademyELITE Nationals — have won the 18U Midwest Region Varsity Championship in 2008, DSP 18U St. Joseph’s College Invitation in 2009, DSP Iowa University Invitational in 2010, DSP World Series at ISU in 2011 and the Battle by the Lake at UW-Parkside in 2014. His teams have also finished Runner-up at the Triple Crown Sports Great Lakes Championship in 2012 and USSSA Break Out The Lumber in 2013.
Martin has coached 250+ collegiate athletes and multiple professionals, including 2nd round draft pick Charlie Tilson of the St. Louis Cardinals. He founded Zach Martin Baseball in 2015, an all-in-one baseball solutions business dedicated to Video Analysis, Professional Instruction, Team Evaluations and Coaching.
He was an All-Area and All-Conference player at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL in 2003. A preferred walk-on at Miami (OH) University, he hurt his arm before stepping on campus, eventually playing Club, where he was voted a Club All-American and Conference Player of the Year in 2005 and an All-Region and All-Conference player three times as a second baseman.
He resides in Chicago, IL.