June 23, 2006
The 2005-06 athletic season was arguably one of the best in Florida State University history, headlined by a National Championship for the men’s track and field team, an inaugural ACC Championship title for football, a College Cup appearance for soccer and perhaps the most impressive – a Seminole athlete was named a Rhodes Scholar. In total, a spectacular 16-of-19 Florida State sports made NCAA post-season appearances, there were six individual national champions and 55 All-American honors were awarded to Seminole athletes.
And so, another athletic season comes to an end at Florida State and the list of achievements, quite literally, could go on and on like any other year in Seminole athletics history. However, what makes this year’s Florida State athletics group so unique is the undeniable success of many different sports across the board, whether male or female.
“I think it’s the best year we’ve ever had comprehensively,” Florida State Director of Athletics Dave Hart said. “Now, when I say that, that’s exactly what I mean. When I looked at what our 19 teams did, competitively, what they did in the classroom, in the community, etc….we’ve had the best year we’ve ever had.
“Academically it was a terrific year, highlighted by Garrett Johnson being a Rhodes Scholar, and we set a record again with the number of student-athletes on the ACC honor roll. And in community service, over 5,000 hours were recorded by our student-athletes. We’re recognized and rightfully so. Our student-athlete population won some individual and team awards for their community service efforts, for their efforts in the classroom, and for their efforts competitively.
“So, comprehensively speaking, though some of our teams have had what they would have considered a disappointing year, we had 16 of 19 teams in post-season play. Overall, when you look at the three areas we prioritize…we’ve had the best year we’ve ever had.”
For a complete listing of the 2005-06 accomplishments, Click Here.