Dec. 6, 2010
Kansas City, Mo. (FCA Press Release) – The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), the world’s largest sports ministry, which relies heavily on the work of volunteers, each year inducts several of those most outstanding individuals into its Hall of Champions. One of the four people who made a tremendous impact on the ministry and has been elected to the Class of 2010 is Sue Semrau, the winningest coach in Florida State University women’s basketball history and three-time ACC Coach of the Year.
FCA’s Hall of Champions was established in 1991 to honor individuals who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to Jesus Christ through the ministry of FCA. They are considered volunteer “All Stars” who have given above and beyond the call of duty and have upheld the Four Core Values of FCA – Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.
The recipients are determined each year by an FCA Selection Committee following a nomination process that includes staff, volunteers, athletes and the organization’s Board of Trustees. Donna Noonan, FCA’s national director of events, in nominating Coach Semrau, said “Sue is one of the few coaches at any level, but particularly the NCAA Division I level, who sees her coaching as a ministry. She has a deep personal relationship with Christ that helps her represent Christ to her players, other coaches and her community.”
Now in her 14th year at FSU, Coach Semrau has earned a reputation as a coach that not only keeps her team in the national rankings by leading her Seminole players to victory but also one that helps foster the personal and professional growth of her student-athletes. Sue Semrau has also served as a basketball clinician at various FCA Camps and clinics throughout the country and has spoken at numerous FCA events and coaches conventions.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Sue Semrau is a graduate of Shorecrest High School and went on to attend the University of Puget Sound for two years and transferred to the University of California-San Diego. At UCSD she finished her playing career ranking as the 13th all-time in scoring. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in communications there and her Master’s Degree in athletic administration from the University of Southern California.
Sue Semrau began her coaching career as head women’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Occidental College in Los Angeles for four years and also coached soccer for two seasons. Subsequently she worked as the public relations director for the Seattle Storm soccer team and next the public relations and promotions director for the L.A. Heat soccer team. She resumed her coaching career in 1991, joining another FCA Hall of Champions member, Jane Albright, as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Northern Illinois University and then joined Coach Albright when Albright moved to become the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Semrau helped contribute to the Badgers’ first ever back-to-back 20-win seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Coach Semrau joins a prestigious list of other members of FCA’s Hall of Champions including Tom Landry, John Wooden, Bobby Bowden, Bobby Richardson, Betsy King, Tony Dungy, Roger Staubach, and Kay Yow plus many other great individuals who have used the FCA platform to make a dramatic impact on lives of so many athletes, coaches and those who follow sports.
Sue Semrau will be honored with a plaque bearing a sculpture of her likeness that will remain in the Hall of Champions in FCA’s National Support Center in Kansas City. A replica will be presented to her at a special event in the near future.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the heart and soul in sports, is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports ministry in the world and focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering, and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.