April 23, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Bob Braman has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for the 2013 season.
Braman, who was selected for both honors in a vote of the league’s head coaches, led the Seminoles to the men’s title and the women’s runner-up spot in last week’s ACC Championship at Raleigh, N.C.
The ACC honors are the 15th overall for Braman, including five selections as Men’s Outdoor Coach of Year and two as Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year. Braman has also been named the ACC Coach of the Year in Men’s Indoor Track and Field, Women’s Indoor Track and Field, and Men’s Cross Country.
He is the first ACC coach to claim honors on both the men’s and women’s side in the same season since his predecessor, FSU coach Terry Long, pulled the double in 2000. Former North Carolina coach Dennis Craddock also swept the honors in 1984 and 1994.
“It’s an incredible honor for our program and our coaches who put this whole thing together,” Braman said. “It really exemplifies the work that went into being the best combined program at the meet, but I’d gladly trade the award for five or six more points for the ladies to get us a sweep of the trophies.”
Keyed by seven gold medals and 15 All-ACC performances, the Florida State men amassed 149 team points in the ACC Championship to place atop the field, 11 points ahead of defending champion Virginia Tech. The first-place finish was FSU’s eighth in nine seasons under Braman’s watch.
The Florida State women pushed four-time defending champion Clemson to the final event of the ACC Championship before finishing in second place, five points behind the Tigers. The Seminoles earned four gold medals and registered 12 All-ACC showings.
The FSU men strengthened their hold on the No. 5 spot in this week’s USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings, while the Seminole women moved into the top 25 for the first time this season at No. 16.
Discus standouts Kellion Knibb and Jeff Pelage, fresh off their ACC individual titles, will compete at the prestigious Penn Relays this week, while the core group of men’s and women’s distance runners will held west to the Stanford Invitational.
FSU will host the Seminole Twilight meet on May 3 at Mike Long Track.