Feb. 23, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Bob Albertson was honored during Florida State’s basketball game against Miami on Feb. 22nd for his loyalty and devotion to Florida State University and its men’s and women’s basketball programs. He was the official scorekeeper for the Seminole men’s basketball team for more than 44 years before becoming the Athletic Department’s liaison to the ACC officials this season.
Albertson worked for six of Florida State’s seven basketball coaches and was the official scorekeeper for each of the Seminoles’ 10 NCAA Tournament and four NIT teams including the 1972 team which played for the National Championship. He worked with all 13 Seminole All-Americans including Dave Cowens (All-American in 1970), Hugh Durham (All-American in 1959), Ron King (All-American in 1971 and 1972), Bob Sura (All-American in 1994 and 1995) and Tim Pickett (All-American in 2004). Albertson worked nearly every game in the last 44 years and has been a part of nearly all of the 900-plus wins in the program’s history.
A legendary figure in Big Bend High School Sports for generations, Albertson was the head boy’s basketball coach at Florida High School for 43 years before retiring. He has been honored by Florida High School as they have named their basketball gymnasium after him twice during his career. The first time came at the old Florida High School just after his retirement and the second time came just this past month (Feb. 9, 2005) at the newly constructed Florida High School in Tallahassee. Albertson led the Seminoles to the state basketball Class B championship in 1963 and led the program to nine state tournament appearances.
Albertson is a member of the Big Bend Officials Association and has officiated some of the biggest and most important games in the history of the state high school football championships. He still works as the coordinator of officials for the practice sessions of the Florida State University football team.
Albertson is a beloved part of the Basketball Program and is well appreciated by staff and students around the campus.
By Jonathan Bartek
Sports Information Student Intern