March 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the Florida State track and field teams capturing both Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships, it is no surprise head coach Bob Braman has been named the ACC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Braman was not alone in earning conference honors as sophomore Ngoni Makusha (Mandedza, Zimbabwe) has been named the ACC Indoor Field Performer of the Year. The All-American jumped his way into the FSU and ACC record books with his long jump of 8.21m. His mark broke both the school and conference records and is the longest jump in the world this year.
“I am excited for our entire staff for this honor and accept it on their behalf,” Braman said. “I am so thankful for the wonderful student-athletes I get to coach on a daily basis.”
The fourth-ranked Florida State women’s track and field team is riding the wave of success as they are enjoying their highest ranking to date after a stellar performance at the league conference meet where they notched first place for the first time in program history.
The third-ranked men also dominated the league meet in Virginia where the Seminoles took first place for the seventh-consecutive year. With Makusha’s jump, the Garnet and Gold were able to extend their streak and are now tied with Clemson for the most titles won since entering the conference in 1992.
The last school to win both conference titles was North Carolina in 1996. Florida State is just the third school to accomplish such an honor as Clemson was the first program to do so in 1985.