March 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Bob Braman and veteran assistant Dennis Nobles were honored Monday by the USTFCCCA as the South Region Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively, for their roles in leading the Seminole men to the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship.
The honors are hardly new for either Braman or Nobles.
Braman, who is in his 11th season as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s track & field teams and his 14th season on the FSU staff, earned his sixth South Region Coach of the Year honor with the Seminoles. Florida State won its 10th ACC Indoor Championship at Clemson on May 1, nine of which have been captured under his watch.
Nobles, a former Seminole track & field athlete, is celebrating his 30th season on the staff and serves as the Director of Field Events. His duties include directly coaching the horizontal and vertical jumps, the pole vault and the multi-event athletes. Nobles’ men contributed 53 points to FSU’s winning total of 97 at the ACC meet, including gold medals in the long jump, triple jump and high jump.
Prior to his latest honor, Nobles was selected National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003 and Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.
The Florida State men’s and women’s teams will be represented by 16 athletes at the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Among that group are Seminole men James Harris and Jonathan Reid, who claimed ACC titles in the high jump and triple jump, respectively, and enter the championships as the No. 2 seeds in their respective events. Nobles also coaches ACC women’s long jump champion and NCAA qualifier Der’Renae Freeman, who is the No. 6 seed nationally.
`Noles well-positioned in the national rankings
In addition to the momentum gained from winning ACC team titles, the FSU men and women head to the NCAA Indoor Championships ranked among the top 10 teams nationally, based on the USTFCCCA computer rankings released Monday.
The Seminole men check in at No. 7 in the final rankings of the indoor season, while the women climbed to a season-best No. 9 ranking. The Florida State men have an eye on a top-four podium finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Seminoles have finished in the top 10 seven times, most recently when they placed fifth in 2011. FSU posted back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2008 and were third in 2006 and 2009.
FSU’s women will be gunning for their first top-10 finish nationally since 2011, when they placed ninth, which marked their fourth consecutive top-10 showing at the championship meet. The Seminoles have nine top-10 finishes in program history, highlighted by their 1985 NCAA Indoor Championship.