July 22, 2010
Florida State’s Athletics Hall of Fame will grow by eight members on Friday, September 3 during the annual induction ceremony. FSU will welcome football stars Corey Simon and Peter Warrick, former defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, multi-sport star Karyn Palgut, golf great Bobby Cochran, track and field star Tonya Carter and long-time team physicians Dr. Tom Haney and Dr. Doug Henderson as the Moore-Stone Award winners. Former football coach Bobby Bowden was voted into the class as well but has requested that his induction be postponed until 2011.
A limited number of $75.00 tickets for the 2010 induction ceremony are available for purchase to the public by calling 850-556-0433 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The ceremony will be held at the University Center Club with a social hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. and dinner and the ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Seminole football team won the 1999 National Championship becoming the first program in the history of the Associated Press poll to go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team. The 2010 Hall of Fame class is the first to feature stars from that team who have been out of competition for the required 10 years. Warrick and Simon were consensus All-Americans at receiver and nose guard, respectively, and Andrews’ defense that season was among the nation’s best.
Biographies for the 2010 class follow:
Track and Field
Tonya Carter came to Florida State in 1997 following an outstanding high school career at Alexander High in Douglasville, Georgia that had established her as one of the nation’s top prep sprinters. She left FSU four years later as one of the greatest sprinters in FSU and collegiate track history.
As a senior in 2000, Carter won the ACC indoor 60m with an FSU and conference record time of 7.15 that was the second fastest time ever run by a collegian in the event. She went on to with the 60m indoor NCAA Championship just a few weeks later making her the first FSU woman, in 15 years, to win an individual NCAA Championship. At the time, her individual national championship was just the sixth in the history of Seminole women’s track.
Carter finished her career as a three-time All-American earning the honor in the 60 and 100-meters in 2000 and the 60m as a junior in 1999, a 10-time All-ACC performer and in 2000 the USTCA Southeast Region Athlete of the year. She still holds the ACC record for the 100m outdoor with a time of 11.31 set in 2000. She helped her FSU team win its first-ever ACC Women’s Team Outdoor Championship in 2000 and was an outstanding student as well earning ACC Academic Honor Roll distinction.
Bobby Cochran enrolled at Florida State in 1989 following an outstanding high school career at Christian Brothers High School in Cordova, Tennessee. After a redshirt season, he finished with five individual Top 20 finishes as a freshman in 1990-91, including a season-high 10th place finish (twice).
Cochran had a solid sophomore season before emerging as the Seminoles’ top player as a junior in 1992-93. He won his first-ever collegiate tournament that year at the Imperial Lakes and went on to earn four additional Top 10 finishes. His senior season would go down as one of the finest in Seminole golf history. Cochran led the 1993-94 Seminoles to a school-record-tying three tournament victories and five additional top 10 finishes including three runner-up finishes and the team finished among the Top Five in all but one of the regular season tournaments. FSU would finish 16th at the NCAA Championships in 1994.
Cochran earned first team PING All-America honors for only the second time in school history as a senior along with being named the 1994 ACC Player of the Year and a member of the 1994 All-ACC team. Over his career, he won four individual tournament championships and finished in the Top 10 16 times.
Karyn Palgut was one of the finest athletes in Florida State history, earning letters in volleyball, basketball and softball from 1982-86 and eventually competing in two Olympic Games.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Palgut came to FSU in 1981 on a volleyball scholarship after earning all-state honors in high school in all three sports. She would prove she could do that at the highest level over her collegiate career becoming one of the Seminoles’ all-time greats in volleyball. She earned All-Metro Conference honors in 1982, 83 and ’84. She earned Metro Conference Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore and junior and was FSU’s team captain as a senior in 1984. Her name is still peppered throughout the FSU record books including a sixth place all-time listing for career matches with 153 and seventh place listing in career service aces with 132. Palgut was selected to the Commissioner’s List for Academic Excellence during the 1984-85 school year.
Palgut’s amazing athletic skills continued after her FSU career when she began competing in team handball and represented the United States in two Olympic Games finishing seventh in Seoul, Korea in 1988 and sixth in Barcelona, Spain in 1992.
The photo of Corey Simon embracing the 1999 National Championship trophy after the Seminoles had defeated Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl is one of the iconic images of college football. A consensus All-America defensive lineman as a senior in 1999, Simon takes his rightful place as one of the finest players in FSU’s storied football history.
Simon was the defensive leader of FSU’s wire-to-wire national championship team and led the ACC with 21 tackles for loss that season. He finished with 84 tackles as a senior ranking fourth on Bobby Bowden’s only undefeated team. He was a finalist for both the Outland and Lombardi Trophies as a senior. He battled injuries during the early part of his career before his break-out season as a junior when he earned first team AP All-America honors and won the ACC’s Brian Piccolo Award.
Simon was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the sixth overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft and had an outstanding professional career before being forced to retire in his prime for medical reasons while he was with the Tennessee Titans.
Peter Warrick earned back-to-back consensus All-America honors as a wide receiver for the Seminoles in 1998 and 1999 and caught more touchdown passes (32) than any other player in FSU history.
Warrick finished his legendary collegiate career with an acrobatic touchdown reception in the 1999 Sugar Bowl that sealed the Seminoles’ National Championship.
A native of Bradenton, Florida, Warrick had a remarkable career leading FSU in yards per catch as a freshman in 1996 with 21.2 and finishing at or near the top of virtually every FSU receiving record. His 207 career receptions is second only to Ron Sellers in FSU history and his average of 4.81 career receptions per game also still stands as second best all-time. He came just 81 yards shy for the most receiving yards in FSU history with 3,517 and had 15, 100-yard receiving games over his career.
During an era when most underclassmen left early for the NFL draft, Warrick returned for his senior season teaming with eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Chris Weinke to lead FSU, which went the entire 1999 season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll – the first time that feat was accomplished in college football.
He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and spent six years in the NFL with Cincinnati and Seattle.
Coaches and Administration
Mickey Andrews came to Florida State in 1984 as the defensive coordinator and immediately began to build a defense that matched the Seminoles’ high-powered offense, creating a dynasty the likes of which college football had never seen. He would coach at FSU for 26 years before retiring after the 2009 season.
An All-SEC defensive back at Alabama (1961-64), Andrews won a national championship as head coach at North Alabama in 1976. He went on to serve as an assistant coach at Clemson, Florida and the USFL’s Arizona Wrangler before Bobby Bowden chose him as his right-hand man and the FSU program vaulted to the hierarchy of college football. FSU would finish among the Associated Press Top 5 for an unprecedented 14 straight seasons and won its two national titles, 1993 and 1999, during Andrews’ tenure.
Andrews’ coached many of the biggest names in college football history including 19 first-round NFL draft picks and 82 players who went on to the NFL. He coached 51 All-Americans and 13 NCAA Consensus All-Americans, two Jim Thorpe Award winners, two Butkus Award winners and two Lombardi Award winners.
He was named the nation’s top assistant coach in 2000 by the All-American Football Foundation and 1991 by Athlon’s Magazine. He was named the national defensive coordinator of the year in 1998 by American Football Coaches’ Magazine and was the first-ever winner of the Frank Broyles Award as nation’s top assistant in 1996.
Dr. Tom Haney
For more than 35 years, Dr. Tom Haney and his partner Dr. William Henderson served as FSU’s primary team physicians. Their exceptional medical care and countless hours devoted to student-athletes in all FSU sports were vital in the growth and development of Seminole Athletics on the national stage.
Dr. Haney played football for the Seminoles before beginning an extremely successful medical practice in Tallahassee and still currently serves as an Orthopedic Consultant for the team.
A North Florida native, Dr. Haney received his Bachelor of Science degree from The Florida State University and his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his medical training in 1970, and served as Flight Surgeon for the U.S.A.F., England Air Force Base, LA for two years. Following his Orthopedic Surgery Residency in 1975, Dr. Haney went into private practice. Together, Dr. Haney and Dr. Doug Henderson founded the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic in Florida’s sports-loving capital city.
Dr. Haney is a member of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s Foundation Board, Co-Medical Director of Tallahassee Surgery Center and a member of Leadership Tallahassee, Class XIII. He has served as Chairman of the FSU Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2000, and held seats on the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports, and the Executive Board for Tallahassee Sports Council. Dr. Haney is a member of American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
Dr. Haney and his wife Dianne, two children and five grandchildren have meant so much to the success of athletics at Florida State.
Dr. William “Doug” Henderson
For more than 35 years, Dr. William “Doug” Henderson and his partner Dr. Tom Haney served as FSU’s primary team physicians. Their exceptional medical care and countless hours devoted to student-athletes in all FSU sports were vital in the growth and development of Seminole Athletics on the national stage.
Dr. Henderson is a native of Tallahassee who opened the extremely successful Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic along with Dr. Tom Haney. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Before he could complete his medical training, Dr. Henderson was drafted and served as a surgeon for the U.S. Air Force. He completed his Cardiovascular Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1967, his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Emory University in 1973, and received his Sports Medicine Knee Fellowship in 1973. Following his fellowship training, he went into private practice in Tallahassee.
Dr. Henderson is a member of the Capital Medical Society, the Florida and American Medical Associations, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and served on the Governor’s Council for Sports Medicine. Dr. Henderson is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
Dr. Henderson is now retired, and is enjoying his time outdoors and spending time with his wife, children and grandchild.