April 23, 2009
Florida State’s ACC dominance in track and field was recognized Thursday when the Seminoles received four league postseason honors – the most of any ACC school. As determined by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches, junior Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) was named the 2009 ACC Men’s Track Outdoor Performer of the Year, sophomore Kimberly Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) was named the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year for the second straight season, freshman Maurice Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.) shared ACC Men’s Freshman of the Year honors and Bob Braman was recognized as the ACC Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year.
“I’m excited for all of the honors that the kids won,” Braman said. “Certainly Kimberly Williams and Charles Clark are not only the top performers in the ACC but they’re candidates for the top performers in the NCAA. That’s how good those two are. Maurice is one of the top freshman in the country, let alone the ACC. I’m really glad to see that they got those honors.”
The Seminoles, who simply weren’t satisfied with winning both the men’s and women’s conference titles in the indoor season, came out focused and determined last weekend in Miami and seized the outdoor titles as well. The women’s team won its’ second-ever ACC championship and the men’s program recorded its fifth consecutive championship, and seventh in the last eight years, with a shared title with Virginia.
“I’m happy that our coaching staff was recognized on the women’s side for how well we did at the ACC Championships,” Braman said. “Really this honor is a tribute to the assistant coaches because it’s obvious what a great job they’ve done with the women’s program.”
Clark earned ACC Champion honors by placing first in all three events that he competed in at the ACC Championships, with regional qualifying times of 20.58 in the 200m, 39.55 in the 4x100m Relay and 3:06.99 in the 4x400m Relay.
Williams won double gold at the ACC Championships with regional qualifying marks of 6.51m in the long jump, and 13.63m in the triple jump. Her jump of 6.51m in the long jump is the second longest mark in the country for this season. She is now a five time champion in the long and triple jump events.
Mitchell was also a member of the gold medal winning 4x100m and 4x400m relays as well as placing third in the 200m with a regional-qualifying time of 20.90.
For Braman, while he has numerous accolades from his successes on the men’s side, this is his first ACC Coach of the Year award on the women’s side. After finishing fourth at the 2008 ACC Outdoor Championships, Braman and his staff of outstanding assistant coaches guided the Seminoles to a dominating victory at the 2009 ACC Championships, the program’s second ACC Outdoor title and first since 2000. Florida State’s women took home eight gold medals and four silver medals from the ACC Championship en route to a 33-point victory over second-place Virginia Tech.
2009 ACC OUTDOOR MEN’S AWARDS:
Track Performer of the Year: Charles Clark, Florida State
Field Performer of the Year: Steve Marcelle, Georgia Tech
Freshman of the Year: Maurice Mitchell, Florida State & Will Mulherin, Virginia Tech
Coach of the Year: Jason Vigilante, Virginia
2009 ACC OUTDOOR WOMEN’S AWARDS:
Track Performer of the Year: Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech
Field Performer of the Year: Kim Williams, Florida State
Freshman of the Year: Morgane Gay, Virginia
Coach of the Year: Bob Braman, Florida State
FSU Men’s All-Time ACC Outdoors Honors
2009 ACC Track Performer of the Year – Charles Clark
2009 ACC Freshman of the Year – Maurice Mitchell
2007 ACC Track Performer of the Year – Walter Dix
2007 ACC Coach of the Year – Bob Braman
2006 ACC Most Valuable Performer – Rafeeq Curry
2006 ACC Coach of the Year – Bob Braman
2005 ACC Most Valuable Performer – Tom Lancashire
2005 ACC Freshman of the Year – Walter Dix
2005 ACC Coach of the Year – Bob Braman
2003 ACC Most Valuable Performer – Craphonso Thorpe
2003 ACC Freshman of the Year – Garrett Johnson
2003 ACC Coach of the Year – Terry Long
2002 ACC Coach of the Year – Terry Long
2001 ACC Most Valuable Performer – Joe Allen
2001 ACC Freshman of the Year – Matt Mason
2000 ACC Coach of the Year – Terry Long
FSU Women’s All-Time Outdoors Honors
2009 ACC Field Performer of the Year – Kim Williams
2009 ACC Coach of the Year – Bob Braman
2008 ACC Field Performer of the Year – Kim Williams
2008 ACC Freshman of the Year – Kim Williams
2006 ACC Freshman of the Year – Lydia Willemse
2005 ACC Freshman of the Year – Laura Bowerman
2000 ACC Coach of the Year – Terry Long
2000 ACC Meet MVP – Tonya Carter
1995 ACC Meet MVP – Radhiya Teagle