July 31, 1998
“I had a passion and desire to build something,” Florida State women’s
basketball head coach Sue Semrau said upon her hiring in June of 1997.
It’s a passion that quickly became contagious.
“But that Seminole spirit, that sense that victory is in that next shot,
that next pass, that next steal…” one sportswriter wrote about the
Semrau believed in the team and soon the team began to believe in itself
and then the results became evident. In just one season at the helm,
Semrau led Florida State to its most victories since 1992-93 and its best
ACC record and finish since 1992-93, including its largest victory by
margin over an ACC opponent.
Energy, positiveness and new life was brought back into the Lady Seminole
women’s basketball program when Sue Semrau, formerly the top assistant at
the University of Wisconsin, became head coach at Florida State on June 13,
1997. It was these characteristics and others that led Director of
Athletics Dave Hart to the hiring of Semrau.
“Sue’s integral role in the building process at two different programs,
along with her tremendous energy and reputation as a recruiter, were the
most important profile characteristics in her selection as our women’s
basketball coach at Florida State University,” Hart said. “We all look
forward to continuing our collective efforts to establish a competitive
women’s basketball program at Florida State.”
Semrau becomes head coach at FSU after serving three years as an assistant
coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Wisconsin under
Badger Head Coach Jane Albright-Dieterle. Semrau joined Albright-Dieterle
at Northern Illinois in 1991 where she assisted in leading NIU to three
consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
In her three seasons at Wisconsin, Semrau contributed to the Badgers’
three straight winning seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances,
including the program’s first ever back-to-back 20-win seasons. Wisconsin
also posted its best record in program history, a 21-8 mark in 1995-96,
during Semrau’s tenure.
Semrau has also been noted for her recruiting efforts at Wisconsin with a
1995 recruiting class that ranked eighth in the country by Blue Star Index.
The Badgers’ 1997 class features the program’s first WBCA Prep
All-American and the first multiple Parade Magazine honoree.
In the summer of 1996, Semrau was the head coach of a team of college
alumni that competed in the Athletes in Action Spring Australian Tour.
Semrau came to Northern Illinois after serving as head women’s basketball
coach and assistant athletic director at Occidental College in Los Angeles
for four years where she compiled a 51-47 overall record. She also
coached soccer for two seasons and was responsible for the administrative
duties of fundraising and promotions at the Division III institution. At
Occidental, Semrau was a member of the NCAA regional selection committee
and chaired the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for
Prior to her appointment at Occidental, Semrau worked as the public
relations and promotions director for the L.A. Heat professional soccer
team from 1986-87, and the public relations director for the Seattle Storm
soccer team in the previous year. In 1986-87, she also served as an
assistant basketball coach at Santa Monica High School.
A 36-year-old native of Seattle, Wash., Semrau is a graduate of Shorecrest
High School where she earned all-conference honors in her senior year. She
went on to attend the University of Puget Sound for two years, garnering
Freshman of the Year honors. Semrau transferred to the University of
California-San Diego in 1984 where she ranks 13th in all-time scoring and
fourth in all-time assists. In 1985, she graduated from the University of
California-San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and
received her master’s degree in athletic administration from the University
of Southern California in 1988.
Location Tallahassee, Florida Founded 1857 Enrollment 30,519 President Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte Nickname Seminoles Home Court Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center/12,500 Press Row Phone TBA Affiliation NCAA Division I Conference Atlantic Coast
Athletics Director Dave Hart, Jr. Associate Athletics Director, Basketball Operations (SWA) Kim Record
Sports Information Director Rob Wilson Assistant SID, Women's Basketball Tina Thomas Mailing Address P.O. Box 2195 Tallahassee, FL 32316 Shipping Address Moore Athletic Center Pensacola St. and Stadium Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32306
Head Coach Sue Semrau (California-San Diego '85) Record at FSU (Years) 9-18 (one) Career Record (Years) 9-18 (one) Assistant Coaches Theresa Gernatt (Georgia Tech '91) Angie Johnson (Louisville '91) Leslie Davies (Northern Illinois '95) Basketball Office Phone 850*644-6959 Administrative Assistant Stacey Burch Basketball Trainer Kari Langley
Record 9-18 Conference Record/Place 5-11/6th
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2 Letterwinners Returning/Lost 7/4 Returning Starters Jen Robinson (G/Sr., 6.1 ppg, 3.7 apg), Latavia Coleman (F/Jr., 17.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg) Brooke Wyckoff (C/So., 9.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg) Redshirt Returnee Tamara Gracey (Sr., F, 6-0, Guthrie, OK) Newcomers Lea Bennett (Fr., C, 6-3, Windham, ME) Lakesha Springle (Fr., G, 5-3, Thomasville, GA) Angela Sutton (Fr., G, 5-10, Cleveland, TN) April Traylor (Fr., G, 5-10, Martinsville, IN)
No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown (High School) 00 Lakesha Springle G 5-3 Fr. Thomasville, Ga. (Thomasville) 10 Val Linley G 5-5 Sr. Emerson, Ga. (Hiwassee JC) 11 Angela Sutton G 5-10 Fr. Cleveland, Tenn. (Bradley Central) 12 April Traylor G 5-10 Fr. Martinsville, Ind. (Martinsville) 21 Brooke Wyckoff F 6-1 So. West Chester, Ohio (Lakota) 23 Arleshia Davidson F 6-2 Sr. Marietta, Ga. (Marietta) 24 Jen Robinson G 5-8 Sr. Albany, Ga. (Dougherty) 25 Lako Brown G/F 5-11 So. Eastman, Ga. (Dodge County) 30 Latavia Coleman F 5-10 Jr. Macon, Ga. (Southwest) 33 Vanessa Fuchs G/F 5-10 So. Pompano Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons) 41 Tamara Gracey F 6-0 Sr. Guthrie, Okla. (Guthrie/Kansas/Tulsa) 51 Lea Bennett C 6-3 Fr. Windham, Me. (Windham)
HEAD COACH: Sue Semrau (California-San Diego, '85) ASSISTANT COACHES: Theresa Gernatt (Georgia Tech, '91), Angie Johnson (Louisville, '91), Leslie Davies (Northern Illinois, '95)
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