Sept. 21, 1999
Head Coach Sue Semrau (California-San Diego ’85)
Record at FSU (Years) 16-38 (2)
Career Record (Years) 16-38 (2)
Assistant Coaches Theresa Gernatt (Georgia Tech ’91)
Angie Johnson (Louisville ’91)
Leslie Davies (Northern Illinois ’95)
Administrative Asst. Stacey Burch
Basketball Trainer Kari Langley
Record 7-20 Conference Record/Place 2-14/9th
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost 8/5
Returning Starters: 3
Latavia Coleman (F/Sr., 20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
Brooke Wyckoff (C/Jr., 13.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
April Traylor (G/So., 12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
Molly Beal (5-11, Fr., G, Mission Hills, KS)
Lauren Bradley (6-3, Fr., C, Lake Mary, FL)
Levys Torres (6-4, Jr., C, Colombia, South America)
Katelyn Vujas (6-3, Fr., C, Wadsworth, OH)
Shinikki Whiting (5-9, Fr., G, Clearwater, FL)
FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU
“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.
From the moment she stepped onto the Florida State campus, Sue Semrau brought hope and excitement back to the Florida State women’s basketball program. With vast coaching experience at two Division I schools, Semrau brought a great deal of wisdom and vision to a program starving for such nourishment.
“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,” FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart said.
Semrau’s philosophy in rebuilding the Florida State program has been a simple one. Semrau runs her program in such a way where players are treated as people first, students second and athletes third. She is a relationship coach who believes in initiating relationships rather than waiting for others to do so.
After two seasons at the helm of the FSU program, Semrau’s style has been embraced by all who have come in contact with her. She has won the hearts of the Florida State media, fans and most importantly, the student-athletes. Her friendliness and ease with the media have prompted the group to refer to her as the “female Bobby Bowden.” Semrau had such a large response to the first “Lunch with Sue,” last season — a Booster-sponsored biweekly luncheon on campus — that they had to move the event into a larger room for the remainder of the year. And she and her staff secured the nation’s 8th-best recruiting class according to several national publications.
From day one of her reign, Semrau emphasized a need to build consistency in every facet of the women’s basketball program from when and where the team practices, to where they hold meetings, to what time they eat dinner. With Semrau’s arrival to Florida State in the summer of 1997, the Seminole women’s basketball program had had three different head coaches in three years. The 1999-2000 season will be Semrau and her staff’s third year at FSU and their second recruiting class will be entering the picture. FSU should soon begin to reap the benefits of this consistency.
Florida State saw dramatic improvements in Semrau’s first season as she led Florida State to its most victories since 1992-93 and its best ACC record and finish in five years, including its largest victory by margin over an ACC opponent in the 1997-98 season. While hopes were high in 1998-99, a season-ending injury to team-leader Latavia Coleman just 10 games into the year, proved to be devasting for the team, and although very competitive, things didn’t quite fall into place for Semrau and her Seminoles. Coleman is set to return for her senior season along with junior Brooke Wyckoff, who again spent her summer with USA Basketball, this time as a member of the USA World University Games team. The duo will serve as leaders for a young, but talented group of Seminoles this year.
Prior to coming to FSU, Semrau served 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.
With the hiring of Sue Semrau, Florida State has demonstrated its commitment to the total student-athlete,” Wisconsin head coach Jane Albright-Dieterle said. “Sue will very much be a player’s coach. Every athlete in her program will become a better person, student and athlete. She is an accomplished recruiter, and her knowledge of the game is exceptional. This hire ensures a positive future for Florida State women’s basketball.”
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 women’s basketball.
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 37-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.