Feb. 15, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
As the winningest active coach in Division I softball, Florida State’s Dr. JoAnne Graf embodies excellence in coaching and the Alumni Association recognized her efforts as she received the Association’s Circle of Gold Award at a ceremony on Sunday, February 11. The award is presented to a current or former student, alumnus, employee, friend, faculty or staff member who has brought honor or dedicated service towards the fulfillment of the mission of the Association. Only eighty-two of these awards have been presented since 1993.
Graf has won 1,061 games, made five trips to the College World Series, 13 NCAA Championships, won eight ACC titles including the last six in-a-row, and won two slow pitch National Championships. She has also been named ACC Coach of the Year on three occasions, and remains a strong voice for college athletics and women’s sports.
Dr. Graf has a winning all-time record against 85 percent of the teams she has faced and was the first softball coach to earn 1,000 Division I wins in both slow and fast pitch competition. Not only has she helped to produce 18 All-Americans but also nine of her players have gone on to play professionally. A member of the class of 1975, all of Dr. Graf’s 1,061 victories have come at Florida State. The Alumni Association recognizes this amazing feat and honored her with the Circle of Gold Award, which is only presented up to twelve times a year.