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1125!!! Graf Stands Alone As The Nation’s All-Time Winningest Coach

Feb. 23, 2002





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Las Cruces, NM –
When Florida State University began to play Division I softball almost 24 years ago, there were no computerized statistics, no multi-million dollar facilities and the support staff usually consisted of the head coach and an assistant coach, if you were lucky. Oh, how things have changed.


In 2002, laptop computers have replaced pencils and scorebooks, the Seminoles play in a brand-new state-of-the-art facility and support staff’s can include two trainers, a sports information director, a videographer and two assistant coaches. When it comes to Florida State, one thing hasn’t changed in all that time and that is head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. With Thursday’s 1-0 victory over New Mexico State in Las Cruces, she recorded win No. 1125 and now sits alone atop the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) record books for the most-ever wins by a collegiate softball coach.







JoAnne Graf


“The fact that all 1,125 wins came at my alma mater and a school I really care about is what made this special for me,” said Graf. “To get them all at one school is great because that is something that is rare these days. Judy Garman got some of her wins at a junior college before moving on to Cal State-Fullerton so that does make this special.


“I think a lot of my success is directly attributed to the players, the assistant coaches and due to the fact that we’ve been able to be competitive by getting the funding we needed from our administration. A lot of people share in this record.”




Win No. 1,125 wasn’t easy. The Seminoles (12-5) battled the host New Mexico State Aggies (8-17) to a 0-0 tie for six innings before senior Kimmy Carter’s ground out scored the game-winner. The run that would eventually secure Graf’s 1,125th win started innocently enough as Brandi Stuart drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. After Elisa Velasco put down a perfect sacrifice bunt moving Stuart to second, the junior second baseman stole her 19th base of the year advancing to third with just one out in the inning. Carter then sent a grounder to second that allowed Stuart to come home with the eventual game-winner.


Senior Leslie Malerich (4-4) made the run stand up as she dominated New Mexico State for seven innings. The senior All-American allowed just one hit, gave up only two walks, struck out seven batters in picking up her fourth win of the season. Combined with Jessica van der Linden’s perfect game earlier in the day, the two Seminole starters allowed just one hit in 14 innings of work.







The early days.


“I was proud of the way the kids played today,” said Graf. “I felt we had been struggling a little as a team and they put it all together today for two straight games and played a great game versus a very good New Mexico State team.”


Graf’s career at Florida State is unprecedented. In just over 23 seasons, she has won two slow-pitch national championships, been to five College World Series, played in 14 NCAA Regionals and coached 21 Louisville Slugger and Easton All-Americans. She has never had a losing season at FSU and has averaged more than 48 wins in every one of her 23 years. Her career winning percentage is a remarkable .770 and she isn’t done yet.






Always intense on the field.




Considering that Graf passed former Cal State-Fullerton coach Judi Garman in four fewer years and she was 133 wins ahead of her nearest competitor when the 2002 season began, it might be quite awhile before anyone catches her. Graf is also just three wins away from passing Garman and taking over second place on the NCAA’s All-Time wins list for Division I coaches , which doesn’t include slowpitch competition. Graf currently appears on every NCAA career wins and winning percentage list.


For complete coverage of Seminole softball and Dr. JoAnne Graf’s career, please visit our official athletic website at www.seminoles.com.


NFCA ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACHES


Coach, Team Yrs Won Lost Tied
*JoAnne Graf (Florida St. 1979-01) 24 1125 329 6
Judi Garman (Cal St. Fullerton 1980-99) 28 1124 406 4
*Margie Wright (Illinois 1980-85, Fresno St. 86-01) 22 980 323 3
*Gayle Blevins (Indiana 1980-87, Iowa 88-01) 22 891 413 5
*Mike Candrea, Arizona (1986-01) 16 871 172 0
*Bill Galloway (Texas A&M 1979-81, Louisiana Tech 82-01) 23 868 374 2
Sandy Fischer (Oklahoma St 1979-01) 23 853 358 3
*Sharron Backus (UCLA 1976-96) 21 840 167 3
Yvette Girouard, (La. Lafayette 1981-00, LSU 2001) 21 818 261 0
Joyce Compton, (Missouri 1983-86, South Carolina 1987-01) 19 804 325 2

* Active coach


NCAA All-Divisions Coaching Records


Winningest Coaches All-Time


By Percentage (At the start of 2002)


Coach, Team Yrs Won Lost Tied
1. *Scott Whitlock (Kennesaw St. 1991-01) 11 531 78 0 .872
2. *Sue Enquist (UCLA 1989-01) 13 641 123 1 .839
3. *Mike Candrea (Arizona 1986-01) 16 871 172 0 .835
4. Sharron Backus (UCLA 1976-96) 21 840 167 3 .832
5. *Jan Hutchinson (Bloomsburg 1978-01) 24 850 179 1 .826
6. June Walker (Col. Of New Jersey 1974-95) 22 721 154 0 .824
7. *Frank Cheek (Humboldt St. 1989-01) 13 616 155 2 .798
8. *Chris Bellotto (Fla. Southern 1985-01) 17 694 180 0 .794
9. *JoAnne Graf (Florida St. 1984-01) 18 894 271 6 .766
10. *Yvette Girouard (La. Lafayette 1981-00, LSU 2001) 21 818 261 0 .758

* Active coach


By Victories (At the start of 2002)


Coach, Team Yrs Won Lost Tied
1. *Margie Wright (Illinois 1980-85, Fresno St. 86-01) 22 980 323 3 .752
2. *Sandy Jerstad (Augustana, SD 1977-01) 25 918 320 2 .741
3. Judi Garman (Cal St. Fullerton 1980-99) 20 913 374 4 .709
4. *JoAnne Graf (Florida St. 1984-01) 18 894 271 6 .766
5. *Gayle Blevins (Indiana 1980-87, Iowa 88-01) 22 891 413 5 .683
6. *Mike Candrea (Arizona 1986-01) 16 871 172 0 .835
7. *Bill Galloway (Texas A&M 1979-81, Louisiana Tech 82-01) 23 868 374 2 .699
8. Sandy Fischer (Oklahoma St 1979-01) 23 853 358 3 .704
9. *Jan Hutchinson (Bloomsburg 1978-01) 24 850 179 1 .826
10. Sharron Backus (UCLA 1976-96) 21 840 167 3 .832

* Active coach

NCAA Division I Coaches’ Record


Winningest Active Coaches


By Percentage (At the start of 2002)


Coach, Team Yrs Won Lost Tied
1. Sue Enquist, UCLA 13 641 123 1 .839
2. Mike Candrea, Arizona 16 871 172 0 .835
3. JoAnne Graf, Florida St. 18 894 271 6 .766
4. Patty Gasso, Oklahoma 7 353 110 0 .763
5. Yvette Girouard, La.-Lafayette, LSU 21 818 261 0 .758
6. Margie Wright, Fresno St. 22 980 323 3 .752
7. Joyce Compton, South Carolina 19 804 325 2 .712
8. Sandy Fischer, Oklahoma St. 23 853 358 3 .704
9. Carol Hutchins, Michigan 18 727 309 4 .701
10. Bill Galloway, Louisiana Tech 23 868 374 2 .699


By Victories (At the start of 2002)


Coach, Team Yrs Won Lost Tied
1. Margie Wright, Fresno St. 22 980 323 3 .752
2. JoAnne Graf, Florida St. 18 894 271 6 .766
3. Gayle Blevins, Iowa 22 891 413 5 .683
4. Mike Candrea, Arizona 16 871 172 0 .835
5. Bill Galloway, Louisiana Tech 23 868 374 2 .699
6. Sandy Fischer, Oklahoma St. 23 853 358 3 .704
7. Yvette Girouard, LSU 21 818 261 0 .758
8. Joyce Compton, South Carolina 19 804 325 2 .712
9. Linda Wells, Arizona St. 27 773 577 1 .572
10. Margo Jonker, Central Mich. 22 768 413 5 .650


NCAA Division I Coaches’ Records


Winningest Coaches All-Time



By Percentage (At the start of 2002)


Coach, Team Yrs Won Lost Tied
1. *Sue Backus (UCLA 1989-01) 13 641 123 1 .839
2. *Mike Candrea (Arizona 1986-01) 16 871 172 0 .835
3. Sharron Backus (UCLA 1976-96) 21 840 167 3 .832
4. *JoAnne Graf (Florida St. 1984-01) 18 894 271 6 .766
5. *Yvette Girouard (La.-Lafayette 1981-00, LSU 2001) 21 818 261 0 .758
6. *Margie Wright (Illinois 1980-85, Fresno St. 1986-01) 22 980 323 3 .752
7. Mike McGovern (Ill.-Chicago 1990-01) 12 582 227 1 .719
8. *Joyce Compton (Missouri 1983-86, South Carolina 1987-01) 19 804 325 2 .712
9. Judi Garman (Cal St. Fullerton 1980-99) 20 913 374 4 .707
10. *Sandy Fischer (Oklahoma St. 1979-01) 23 853 358 3 .704

* Active coach


By Victories (At the start of 2002)


Coach, Team Yrs Won Lost Tied
1. *Margie Wright (Illinois 1980-85, Fresno St. 1986-01) 22 980 323 3 .752
2. Judi Garman (Cal St. Fullerton 1980-99) 20 913 374 4 .707
3. *JoAnne Graf (Florida St. 1984-01) 18 894 271 6 .766
4. *Gayle Blevins (Indiana 1980-87, Iowa 1988-01) 22 891 413 5 .683
5. *Mike Candrea (Arizona 1986-01) 16 871 172 0 .835
6. *Bill Galloway (Texas A&M 1979-81, Louisiana Tech 1982-01) 23 868 374 2 .699
7. *Sandy Fischer (Oklahoma St. 1979-01) 23 853 358 3 .704
8. Sharron Backus (UCLA 1976-96) 21 840 167 3 .832
9. *Yvette Girouard (La.-Lafayette 1981-00, LSU 2001) 21 818 261 0 .758
10. *Joyce Compton (Missouri 1983-86, South Carolina 1987-01) 19 804 325 2 .712

* Active coach

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