Aug. 18, 2001
Fred came to Florida State in 1961 and three years later became the school’s first consensus All-American. He rewrote the Seminole record for pass receptions during his career. In one game – the 1964 Gator Bowl vs. Oklahoma – he established single game records of 13 receptions, 192 yards and 24 points scored. After the 1964 Miami game, he was honored as the Associated Press national back of the week, the first Seminole to be so honored.
A three-time All-American in swimming for the Seminoles. Phil holds the distinction of introducing the reverse two and one-half somersault off the low board into NCAA competition. Boggs’ greatest moment as an athlete cam in the 1976 Olympic Games at Montreal where he won a gold medal for the United States in springboard diving.
DR. DOAK S. CAMPBELL
The President during the transition from Florida State College for Women to Florida State, Dr. Campbell supported the creation of an intercollegiate sports program and worked to bring it along slowly but surely, paralleling the development of the new university. One of his most important contributions was his support for the construction of a football stadium on campus. His goal was achieved when the stadium was opened in 1950 and fittingly named for him.
On the 30th anniversary of the Florida State “Flying High” Circus, the university recognizes the man considered the circus’ greatest athlete. Adrian Catarzi amazed crowds between 1960 and 1964 with his agility and grace. During every 1964 performance he completed the breathtaking triple somersault. Catarzi was only 13th performer in circus history to complete the triple.
Hustle was the trademark of this red-haired Kentuckian who rewrote the Seminole basketball record between 1967 and 1970. He tallied 1,479 points in the Garnet and Gold during a 78-game career. On the board he was just as impressive, pulling down 1,340 caroms in three years, and of 17.1 per game. Cowens, who was to become the first-round draft choice of the Boston Celtics in 1970, finished his career with a 52 percent shooting accuracy from the field.
In the late 60s, Hubert Green helped power the Florida State Seminoles to several impressive golf victories over the Florida Gators. He came here in 1965 and served as the captain for the golf team in 1968. He turned professional in 1970 and was named rookie of the year in 1971. In his short time on the tour, Green has won 11 PGA Tournaments and ranks high on the all-time list of money winners.
Dick Howser was playing shortstop for the Seminoles during the season of 1956, 57, 58 when FSU was invited to the District III playoffs each year. The team won the district championship in 1957 an participated in the College World Series. Howser was named a first team All-American in 1957 and 1958. His professional playing career included stints with Kansas City, Cleveland, and the New York Yankees. He now serves as the third base coach for the Yankees.
J.K. “BUD” KENNEDY
J.K. “BUD” Kennedy was responsible for the Seminole basketball program making the transition from a limited program to major college status. He guided the Seminole cagers from the 1948-49 campaign through 1965-66, compiling a record of 237 wins and 208 losses. His finest season was 1954-55 when FSU was 22-4. His presence is still felt in Tully Gym where his photo hangs above the court and one of his pupils, Hugh Durham, now guides the Seminole gage fortunes.
Ken Misner had the distinction of serving as captain for the Garnet and Gold track team in both 1970 and 1971. The distance runner set school records in the indoor two mile as well as in the two, three and six mile runs. Also a cross-country competitor, he was chosen All-American in cross-country in 1969. He was an All-American in the outdoor three mile after his showing at the USTFF meet in 1971.
DR. KATHERINE MONTGOMERY
“Miss Katie” was the most important force in women’s athletics at Florida State for 40 years. In 1918, as an FSCW senior, she was president of the Athletic Association and named the college’s outstanding all-around athlete. She began a teaching career that same year that ended in 1958. She developed an outstanding intramural athletic program and was nationally known for her efforts to develop the sport of volleyball.
DR. COYLE E. MOORE
Dr. Coyle E. Moore has been actively involved in Florida State sports programs for almost 50 years. From 1928 to 1947 the sociology professor supported sports at FSCW. When FSU was established Dr. Moore, Dean of the School of Social Welfare from 1949 to 1968, became actively involved in the creation of a diversified program of intercollegiate competition. He served for years on the Athletic Committee and was a major force in efforts to enlarge Campbell Stadium.
Buddy Reynolds began his Florida State football career with a 33-yard pass reception against the Georgia Bulldogs. A knee injury forced him from the lineup in mid-season and he missed the 1955 campaign following surgery. He returned in 1957 but once again was sidelined by injury, which ended a promising career. Now, he is one of the world’s best know personalities – Burt Reynolds, actor.
Hailed as the nation’s greatest gymnast in 1950 and 1951, no Florida State athlete has won more national titles than Bill Boetzheim. He was the national all-around and horizontal bar champion in the 1950 and took the same NCAA titles in 1951, the AAU horizontal bar, side horse and all-around titles in the same year. He became a member of the United States Olympic team and was a gold medallist for Uncle Sam in the 1951 Pan American Games.
Ron Seller’s name still exists in the NCAA record book for catching 240 passes for 3,979 yards for his career. He was a consensus All-American for the Seminoles in 1967 and 1968. He led the nation in receiving yardage while ranking second in receptions for the 1967 season. He was the Associated Press lineman of the week for his performance against Wake Forest during the 1968 season. His number 34 jersey was retired by the Seminole athletic department following the 1968 season.
DR. MODE L. STONE, SR.
From his arrival at FSU in 1946 until his retirement in 1973, Dean Mode L. Stone actively worked for intercollegiate athletics. For 15 years, 1955-1970, Dean Stone was on the Athletic Committee, serving as chairman on several occasions. An active fundraiser, he was also an invaluable recruiter. He was a major influence in obtaining a football series with Florida and in convincing the cross-state rival to play home and home.
Lee came to Florida State from Miami in 1953 as a 5-9, 142 pounder. Four years later he graduated after having made a record for versatility rarely matched in collegiate sports. Football-wise he played offense and defenses and as a senior was honorable mention All-American (Associated Press) and chosen to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star game. IN four years, Lee established FSU records in both rushing and interceptions. In 1954, he was national runner-up for interceptions. A year later Corso was the Tribe’s leading ball carrier. As a senior he was switched to quarterback and led the Seminoles in total offense, passing, punt returns and interceptions. He was INS National Back of the Week for his performance vs. North Carolina State in 1956. Corso was also a fine letterman outfielder on the Seminole baseball team. After graduation Lee became an assistant football coach at Florida State, Maryland and Navy before becoming head coach at Louisville and now Indiana. An athlete of supreme versatility and coach of great ability, Lee Corso has well represented his alma mater.
Intelligence, heart, skill, hard work and patience are the qualities, which made Kim Hammond a great quarterback for Florida State. After three years as a red shirt and reserve Hammond got his first start in the second game of his senior year. Eight games later he was an All-American and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting. He was also the most valuable player in the Senior Bowl. Hammond completed 140 of 241 passes for 1,991 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. At the time, the totals for completion, yardage and touchdowns were Seminole records. In the 67′ Gator Bowl, Kim rewrote the record book with 37 completions for 362 yards. He was the game’s most valuable player. Hammond graduated from Florida State’s Law School following a professional football career. He has remained deeply involved as a supporter of the Seminole Athletic program. As a student, athlete and graduate, Number 11, Kim Hammond has brought honor to his alma mater.
Ron Harris’ years at Florida State came between 1969-70 and 1971-72 when the number 10 was recognized as the leader of the Florida State’s basketball teams. Those squads compiled an impressive 67-18 record. As a sophomore, Harris’ defense and foul shooting sparked the 23-3 Seminoles. As a junior his steady play continued, but after two years as a starter, the senior Harris became the best sixth man in America. He captained the ’71-72 Tribe as it fought into the NCAA finals. Incredibly quick on defense, Harris came off the bench all season to supply the momentum for Florida State. During the NCAA tournament, his play against Minnesota was the difference while his inspired second half against UCLA almost pulled the Garnet and Gold to an upset victory in the championship game. Harris is perhaps FSU’s greatest defensive cager and on the university’s finest team leaders. While at Florida State, Ron was a brilliant student. He went on to medical school and has now earned his M.D. He honors his alma mater in the practice of medicine as he did on the basketball courts across the nation.
Bim Stults was the head coach when Florida State inaugurated an intercollegiate swimming program in 1949. Twenty-five seasons later when he retired in 1973, Stults’ teams had won 185 meets while losing only 43. Six times Florida State went undefeated as Stults established one of the South’s strongest intercollegiate swim programs. Under Stults’ direction, 20 Tribe swimmers won All-American ranking. Two of Coach Stults’ divers, Curt Genders and Phil Boggs, won NCAA championships. Boggs was to later win a gold medal for the United States in the 1976 Olympic Games. Stults served as president of the College Swimming Coaches Association and was a member of the board of directors for the Swimming Hall of Fame. He also was a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Diving Committee and a U.S. Olympic Trials judge. For 25 years Coach Bim Stults created a brilliant tradition for Florida State swimming and was a major figure in intercollegiate swimming throughout the United States.
Mike Long guided the Florida State track and field program for 23 years. During that long span his teams compiled an enviable record of 131 wins and 32 losses. Five times in his 23 years, Long’s teams were undefeated and on six other occasions Florida State lost just one meet. From 1955 to 1977, Mike Long made the Seminoles one of the strongest track and field powers in the South. Fourteen Florida State thinclads won All-American designations during his tenure. Furthermore, four of Coach Long’s sons competed for the Garnet and Gold and have now taken up coaching responsibilities in other areas. In his final year, Long led the Tribe to an overwhelming Metro Conference team championship. It was the first time FSU had participated in the Metro competition. From 1953 to 1955 Long also coached football, handling ends for head coach Tom Nugent. An excellent coach on the field, Mike Long instilled a fierce sense of competition in his athletes. He is largely responsible for making the Florida State program and facility among the best in the nation.
DR. HARTLEY PRICE
Dr. Hartley Price coached Florida State Gymnastics to national championships on five occasions. In 1951 to 1952, Seminole athletes won NCAA titles and in 1951, 1953, and 1954 Florida State won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) title. These five championships coupled with the six titles he won at the University of Illinois gives Fr. Price one of the finest records in collegiate annals. Price founded and directed Gymkana at Florida State. He also was the founder of the highly successful Tallahassee Tumbling Tots. Internationally known, Price was awarded Fulbright lectureships to India and Columbia. He served for 20 years on the U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Committee. In 1959 he was named to the Helms Foundation Athletic Hall of Fame and three times he received awards from the National Association of College Gymnastic Coaches. A brilliant innovator, educator and coach, Dr. Hartley Price made great contributions to both Florida State University and the community of Tallahassee.
Curt Genders came to Florida State from Sarasota with the possibility of participation in either swimming, gymnastics or the circus. He chose swimming and won All-American acclaim in 1959, 1960, and 1961 as a one-meter diver. In his senior year, 1961, Genders defeated two Olympians to win the NCAA one-meter diving title. Genders was FSU”S first NCAA swimming champion. His feat, won on the final dive of the competition, helped him win an 11th place finish for the Seminoles. Curt Genders’ great forte was his consistency, and coupled with his grace and strength, enabled the fine student-athlete to bring national recognition to Florida State University.
Downing Gray came from Pensacola to FSU and established a mark as one of the Seminoles finest collegiate golfers. Before he graduated in 1961, Gray had starred for the Tribe linksmen for three years. While in college he won seven consecutive tournaments. After graduation, Gray became one of the world’s finest amateur golfers. In 1962 he was runner-up in the U.S. Amateur Tournament. In 1963 and again in 1965 and 1967, Gray played on the American Walker Cup team. For six consecutive years, 1963-1968, the former Seminole played in the Masters Tournament. He was low amateur in 1965 and 1967. As a collegiate golfer and an amateur of world-wide stature, Downing Gray has well represented his alma mater.
In 1947, the year Florida State became a co-educational institution, Jack Haskin founded the flying High Circus. Under Haskin’s direction, the FSU Circus grew from a small show in an old Army gymnasium to a nationally famous organization. For seventeen years, Haskin taught in the Florida States Department of Recreation. His foresight and creativity in bringing the Circus, a rare opportunity for gymnasts and other athletes at Florida State to perform, has given FSU a special recognition. Every spring when the Flying High Circus tent is raised on the Florida State campus it stands as a memorial to its founder Jack Haskin.
Versatility was the mark of track star Mike Kelly. Hurdler, high jumper and relay runner, Kelly led Florida State in scoring both in his junior and senior years. In South Carolina’s News-Piedmont Relays, Kelly won high and intermediate hurdles as well as the high jump. As a Seminole senior, Kelly captained the track team.
Mike Kelly’s finest accomplishment as a Seminole was his double mark of 13.7 in high hurdles and 50.2 in the intermediate hurdles in the NCAA championships. The latter mark was the world’s fastest to that point that year. The double hurdle combination was the best time ever recorded and stood as a world standard for seven years. Fine student and campus leader, Mike Kelly symbolized the best in the Seminole student-athlete.
From 1952 through 1956, Jimmy Oler wrote basketball records at FSU that still stand in 1979. In his 91 games as a Seminole, Oler tallied 1820 points to become the school’s all-time leader. In the 1955-56 campaign, Oler scored 743 points, still the best single-season in Seminole basketball annals. That same year Oler averaged 29.7 points a game, a mark no Seminole since has approached. He also captained the Tribe that season. Oler is holder of the FSU single-game record for free throws, made (22) and attempted (30). His 42 points vs. Morningside in 52-53 is FSU’s fourth best single game performance.
After graduation, Jimmy Oler became a highly successful Florida junior college coach. Opponents who looked at the Indiana native in Garnet and Gold often said, “But he doesn’t look like a basketball player.” The next thing they knew he had driven by them to score two more for FSU.
For 11 seasons, 1960-1979, Bill Peterson coached football at Florida State. His teams compiled a record of 62-42-11, a winning percentage of .587. While “Coach Pete” led the Seminoles, FSU made four bowl appearances. In 1964, the Tribe defeated Oklahoma 36-19 in the Gator Bowl. Two years later FSU lost to Wyoming in the Sun Bowl and in the 1967 Gator Bowl FSU tied Penn State 17-17 with a great last half rally. The final Peterson-FSU bowl appearance came in 1968 when the Seminoles lost to a narrow 31-27 decision to LSU in the inaugural Peach Bowl.
Under Bill Peterson’s direction FSU football became a synonymous with excitement. Pete brought wide-open offensive action to the garnet and gold, developing some of the decade’s greatest offensive teams and individual players. In the process, “Coach Pete” also became one of the greatest characters in American sports. The rise of FSU football to national prominence is due in large part to the Peterson Era.
Speed, good hands and concentration were the hallmarks of number 22, wide receiver Barry Smith. From 1970 to 1972 Smith scored 27 touchdowns, 25 on pass receptions. Both established Florida State career records as did Smith’s 164 total points scored.
In 1972, Barry Smith scored 69 passes for 1,243 yards and 13 touchdowns. He caught 11 passes against Kansas and 10 against Virginia Tech and Florida. After his senior year Smith was named first team All-American on squads selected by the Football Coaches, All-American Competitors, and Churchmen.
After graduation, Smith played with the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Bucs. He has remained an avid supporter of Florida State University. A brilliant receiver in the exciting Seminole tradition, Barry Smith’s career personifies the best in Florida State athletics.
JAMES “J.T.” THOMAS
One of Florida State’s most brilliant defenders, James “J.T.” Thomas began his Seminole career with a sensational performance and ended as an All-American. FSU’s first black football player, Thomas blocked two field goals in his first game. The second preserved a 9-7 victory. That same year, 1970, the Macon native tied the Tribe record for single game interceptions with 3. Through 1971 and 1972 Thomas maintained that pace. He was a brilliant open field tackler, great interceptor and game after game brought FSU fans to their feet with exciting rushes at punts and field goals. Thomas, who began as a cornerback and ended as a safety, was widely honored. He was UPI Southeastern defender of the week, made AP All-Southeastern Independent and in 1972 was a first team All-American pick by Pro Football Weekly and Time Magazine. He ended his collegiate career in the Senior Bowl. Since 1973 J.T. Thomas has starred for the world champion Pittsburgh Steelers. By quiet example and dedication, James Thomas has brought great honor to Florida State University.
Hugh Adams was one reason for Florida State’s early success in football. Captain of the 1949 Seminoles, Adams was his squad’s most valuable player. On teams that went 16-2 in 1948 and 1949, he played both offensive and defensive tackle. Adams was chosen Little All-American in 1948 and 1949, the first Seminole gridder to receive national recognition.
After graduation Adams was an FSU assistant football coach and assistant dean of men at Florida State. He received his Ph.D. from FSU and became Lee County Superintendent of Schools. The Little All-American tackle now serves as President of Broward Community College. As a fine athlete and educational leader, Hugh Adams has brought honor to his alma mater.
Consistency and reliability were the marks of Mike Conley’s career as a Florida State runner. From 1956 to 1958 he was done of the South’s most consistent performers in the mile and two mile. In 1957 and 1958, his junior and senior years, Conley was undefeated in the mile in dual meet competition. He also anchored fine Seminole teams in both the mile and sprint medley relays. In 1958 at the Meet of Champions in Houston, Conley ran a 4:05.7 mile. The time was the Florida State school record for 16 years. In 1958 Conley was a Seminole co-captain. Since graduation Mike Conley has continued to be a leader. As principal of Leon High School he has made an outstanding record as an educator and has well represented his alma mater.
Hugh Durham came to Florida State from Louisville and led the Seminole basketball teams of the late fifties. From ’56 to ’59 he scored 1,281 points, an average of 18.9 a game. His career free throw average was 77 percent. Twenty-one years after he played his last game, Durham is still 6th on per game scoring average, 7th in total points and 4th in free throw percentage. His 43 points against Stetson, has only been exceeded once. In his senior year, Hugh was named honorable mention All-American.
After a term as Bud Kennedy’s assistant, Hugh Durham became FSU’s head basketball coach in 1966 and served until 1978. His marks of 230-95 and a .708 winning percentage were among the nation’s best. Four times Durham’s teams won more than 20 games and three times FSU was sent to the NCAA tournament. In 1971-72 Seminole cagers fought their way to the NCAA finals and emerged as runner-up to UCLA. Durham made Florida State a national cage power. Fierce competitor, brilliant leader, Hugh Durham deserves Hall of Fame selection as player and coach.
In the late fifties Bucky Hiles came from Atlanta to star for Bim Stults’ Seminole swimming team. In 1959 he made All-American in the 440 freestyle and in 1961 he again gained All-American recognition, this time in the 100 yard butterfly. Hiles was the first Seminole swimmer to make All-American in two different strokes. At one time held school records in seven different events. Captain of the Florida State mermen in ’61, Hiles was chosen the university’s athlete of the year. One of the most versatile swimmers in Seminole history, Bucky Hiles’ performances brought national recognition to Florida State University.
Jeff Hogan was a brilliant two sport star for Florida State in an era of increased specialization. From 1966 to 1969 the Ohioan was a leader on Seminole baseball and basketball teams. On the diamond Hogan played third base and shortstop. An excellent fielder, Jeff hit .331 in 1968. On the basketball court Hogan is a member of FSU’s exclusive 1,000 point club. The star guard poured through 466 field goals and 232 free throws for 1,146 points, and a 14.8 game average. Hogan converted 82 percent of his free throws in ’67-’68 and 75 percent over his three year career. He was also a fine playmaker and defender. Following graduation, Jeff Hogan played professional baseball land coached high school basketball. A leader on the diamond and courts as an athlete and coach, he has well represented his alma mater.
Finest offensive player in Florida State’s first football years was Buddy Strauss. A Tallahassee native, Strauss played in 1948-49, becoming the first Seminole to gain 1,000 yards rushing over his career. His 1,170 yards record lasted for seven until broken by Lee Corso in a four year career. Buddy Strauss’ 747 yards rushing in 1949 was a single season mark that stood until 1972. His 161 yards in a single game in ’49 was a record on the books for 28 years until shattered by Larry Key. Buddy Strauss’ final game, the Cigar Bowl, the Seminoles’ first post-season appearance, was his best. He gained 132 yards in an upset of Woffard. The fine running back has remained a devoted supporter of Florida State University. He was active in founding the Seminole Boosters and has remained active ever since. Great running back, active alumnus, Buddy Strauss stands for the best in Seminole tradition.
Dave Fedor came out of service ball to star three years for Bud Kennedy’s Seminole cagers. When his career ended in 1962, Fedor had averaged 20.2 points a game. No FSU player t this day has averaged more over a career. Fedor’s 43 points against Miami is the second highest one game total in Tribe annals. Fedor scored 35 points in three games, a mark unequalled at Florida State. In both his junior and senior years the sharpshooting forward averaged more than 20 points. Over his career Dave Fedor shot 50 percent from the field and 78 percent from the line. In addition to scoring, the Tribe ace hauled down 969 rebounds, 28 in one game. Since graduation Dave Fedor has made an excellent reputation as head basketball coach at Key West High School. High scoring player and fine coach, Dave Fedor exemplifies the meaning of Seminole athletic pride.
An outstanding high school athlete from New Jersey, Ron Fraser came to Florida State and from 1954 to 1956 was a relief pitcher for Danny Litwhiler’s Seminoles. It is Fraser’s career after graduation that has gained him entry into the Hall of Fame. After leaving FSU Ron became baseball coach at the University of Miami. In his 20 years with the Hurricanes he has won almost 700 games and has posted a winning percentage of .750. The Hurricanes have reached the College World Series 4 times. Fraser has been NCAA Coach of the Year, Sporting News Coach of the Year, and has been given Collegiate Baseball’s Super Star Award. Florida State University is proud to honor a former athlete who more recently has become a distinguished opponent. A brilliant promoter and coach, he has advanced collegiate baseball at the University of Miami, across Florida and across the nation.
Florida State University’s reputation as a national baseball power is due in large part to Danny Litwhiler, the coach who first brought the Seminoles national acclaim. From 1955 to 1963 Litwhiler set a record of 188 and 82, winning 70 percent of his games. Three times he took FSU to the college world series and seven times Litwhiler’s teams went to the NCAA regionals. Among great players developed by Litwhiler were Dick Howser and Woody Woodward. While in Tallahassee, Litwhiler made great contributions to teenage recreation. Both before and after his years Danny Litwhiler made a distinguished as player and coach. From 1940 through 1951 he starred in the National League with the Phils, Cards, Braves, and Reds. Since 1964 he has coached the Michigan State baseball Spartans. Danny Litwhiler was a true athletic pioneer who deserves honor from the university he served so well.
World record holder, NCAA record holder and NCAA champion, Danny Smith, the brilliant hurdler from the Bahamas rewrote the Florida State record book. Wearing garnet and gold from 1973 to 1975, Smith became one of the world’s greatest indoor hurdlers. In ’75 he became the first person to win the NCAA indoor 60 yd. Hurdles two years in a row. In 1973 he tied or set the world record in the 50 yd. Hurdles at 5.8 seconds. In ’74 and ’75 he either tied or set NCAA marks in both the 60 and 70 yd. Hurdles. When Danny left FSU his name was in the university’s record book seven times. Smith was a three year All-American. After graduation he stayed in Tallahassee to help coach Seminole hurdlers and sprinters. There was no more beautiful sight in athletics than Danny Smith sailing over the hurdles, out in the garnet and gold.
In 1961 a tall quarterback from Cincinnati came to Florida State and stayed four years to rewrite all Seminole passing records. Steve Tensi completed 275 passes in 508 attempts for 3,697 yards. His throws accounted for 33 touchdowns. These four standards, as well as his 3,609 yards in total offense, all became career offense marks. In addition, he established records in every passing category over a single season. On the end of many of his throws was Fred Biletnikoff and the combination of Tensi quarterbacked the ’64 Tribe to a 9-1-1 record which included FSU’s first victory over Florida and a victory over Oklahoma in the Gator Bowl. In that Gator Bowl Tensi completed 5 TD passes, still a record for all bowl games. After graduation Tensi played for several years for San Diego and Denver in the NFL. On and off the field Steve Tensi has represented Florida State well.
Versatility is the word that best summarizes the FSU athletic career of Bud Whitehead. He lettered in both football and basketball. On the gridiron Bud Whitehead was a brilliant two-way player. In 1959 he led the Seminoles in both pass receptions and pass interceptions. His 6 interceptions led the nation and his 31 receptions placed him on 8th nationally. Both these marks were FSU records as were his 9 receptions, and 3 interceptions in a single game. In 1960 Whitehead was chosen FSU’s most valuable football player. After his senior year, 1960, Whitehead played in the North-South All-Star game. Following graduation the Marianna native starred with the San Diego Chargers, making a reputation as one of the hardest hitting defensive backs in the NFL. In 1969 and 1970 Whitehead returned to his alma mater as an assistant offensive coach. College and pro athlete and coach, Bud Whitehead represents the best in Seminole athletics.
For two years as a player and four years as a coach, Woody Woodward led the Florida State baseball team. The young athlete from Coral Gables led FSU at the plate in ’62 with a .365 average. The following season the Tribe shortstop was chosen third team All-American and was named to the College World Series all tournament squad. From 1962 to 1971 Woody played 880 games for the National League Braves and Reds. After retirement as a professional he returned to Tallahassee, coaching FSU from 1975 to 1978. In that span his teams won 75 percent of their games, the highest winning percentage of any Seminole baseball coach. Three of Woodward’s teams got NCAA bids, with his ’75 nine going on to the College World Series. In ’78 Woodward returned to the Reds organization which he now serves as assistant general manager. Woodward’s donation of lights for Seminole Field is indicative of his deep devotion to his alma mater. On diamonds and in dugouts across the nation, Woody Woodward has well represented Florida State.
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Leroy Collins.
As Tallahassee citizen and legislator he supported the young Florida State University and its athletic program. As Governor, his influence helped bring about the Florida State-Florida series, and his support of Seminole athletics significantly aided in the growth of the Florida State program. Wise counselor and faithful friend, LeRoy Collins deserves the gratitude of Seminoles everywhere.
Bobby Crenshaw lettered in football at Florida State for four years, 1952-1955. In 1955 he was Seminole co-captain and, at 174 pounds, he was the smallest starting center in major college football. He was a 60 minute player who got high marks for blocking as well as making interceptions and recovering fumbles on defense. Bobby Crenshaw made up for his lack of size with his courage, determination, and heart. In Crenshaw FSU had a man who led on the gridiron and across the campus. He was president of his junior and senior classes and was named to both Gold Key and ODK. Shortly after graduation the Florida State community was saddened by Air Force Lt. Crenshaw’s tragic death. In his memory the Crenshaw Award, given to the Seminole with the biggest heart, has been awarded each year since 1958. No athlete ever embodied the Seminole spirit any more completely than did Bobby Crenshaw.
Don Holder was a versatile gymnast and a leader of the 1952 NCAA and 1953 AAU champion Florida State Seminoles. He won an individual NCAA championship in 1953 and was Southern Gymnastics champion in three events. Holder was named to the United States squad for the Pan American Games and in 1952 he represented the United States at the Olympic Games at Helsinki. Holder twice captained the Seminole gymnastics team and in 1954 he was top scorer in Florida State’s upset victory over the world champion Swedish Olympic team. Coach Hartley Price said of Holder, “He became very, very good and was extremely consistent at everything he did.” With grace, agility, and strength Don Holder brought honor to his alma mater in arenas around the world.
Swinging his big bat or crouched behind the plate, number 25, Terry Kennedy, gave Florida State his best – and his best was awesome. Playing from 1975 to 1977, he drove in 122 runs and clouted 32 homers. His 64 rbi’s and 21 home runs in 1976 were school records. His incredible slugging average of .810 in ’76 is still a school mark. Many honors came to Kennedy. In ’76 he was All-Region and in ’77 All-Metro. In 1976 and 1977 Terry was 1st team Sporting News All-American and in the latter year he was named college baseball’s MVP. Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals he played for the Redbirds for four years until traded to San Diego. In 1981 he was named to the National League All-Star Team. Since graduation, Kennedy has remained strongly supportive of Seminole baseball, his generous gift aiding in the improvement of Seminole Field. Amateur and pro, Terry Kennedy represents the best in Florida State athletics.
In 1945 Vaughn Mancha was a consensus All-American center for the Alabama Crimson Tide. After two years with the Boston Yanks of the NFL, Mancha became head football coach and athletic director at Livingston State University in Alabama. In 1952, Mancha came to Florida State where he served for five years as an assistant football coach under Tom Nugent. After two years on leave in the Columbia University graduate school, Mancha returned to FSU as Director of Athletics, a post he held for 12 years. In his years as Athletic Director, Florida State moved ahead in all sports. Mancha’s administrative leadership provided the kind of scheduling and coaching that took FSU into bowl games and NCAA playoffs. The development of the balanced athletic program fielded by Florida State University today is due in no small part to the foresight and leadership of Vaughn Mancha, coach, athletic director and molder of Seminole athletics.
In 1957 a 149 lb. sophomore running back named Fred Pickard started for FSU. In 1959, Pickard, at 160 lbs. Completed his career in garnet and gold. In those three years, Pickard led FSU in rushing each season. His career marks of 339 carries for 1,546 yards set Florida State records. He scored 14 TDs, averaged 4.5 yards a carry and played tough defense. In ’59, Pickard was chosen Honorable Mention All-American by both AP and UPI. Fred Pickard gave FSU fans two of their greatest moments. In 1959, he scored the first td ever scored in the FSU-Florida Series. That same year the Tennessee native went home and led the Tribe to its first victory over an SEC eleven. That October 25, Pickard gained more yards than the entire Tennessee Volunteer team. Since graduation, Pickard’s successful coaching career has led him to the position of head coach at UT-Martin. Florida State hails Fred Pickard, a fine coach and brilliant and courageous athlete.
Walt Sumner, corner back and punt returner, was a defensive leader for Florida State from 1965 through 1968. In 1966 and 1968 he led the squad in interceptions and in ’68 he was tops in punt returns. In 1967, his 75 yard TD punt return against Alabama caused Coach “Bear” Bryant to exclaim on national television, “What the hell is going on?” In game after game, Sumner made key interceptions and used his speed to block kicks. After graduation, Sumner was a starter in the NFL, playing for the five years, 1969-1974, for the Cleveland Browns.
At FSU, Walt Sumner was a two sport athlete. On the diamond he played the outfield and in his senior year hit .300 while leading the Tribe in runs, doubles, and total bases.
As a defensive back and an outfielder, this two sport star ably represented Florida State University.
PAUL “HAM” WERNKE
From 1951 to 1955, wearing the Garnet and Gold, Paul “Ham” Wernke score 1409 points as he starred for the Seminoles. Wernke’s freshman team posted a record of 5-20 and four years later, when he was a senior, averaging 19.7 points a game, Florida State went 22-4. Over his career Wernke averaged 19.3 a game. His best season as a scorer was ’52-’53 when he average 21.3.
“Ham” Wernke still stands tall in the FSU career record book. He is first in field goals attempted, seventh in total points, and fourth in scoring average. Wernke also poured in the fourth highest single game total points, 38 vs. Tampa in his sophomore year.
A fine playmaker and a deadly shot “Ham” Wernke, a transplanted Hoosier, led Florida State in the university’s move from a small college program to the ranks of major college basketball.
His big number 70 cleared a path for Seminole backs for three years, 1964-1966. For two years the Live Oak native played tackle, switching to guard in 1966. Del Williams played in the Gator and Sun Bowls and following his final season, played in the Coaches’ All-American game. He also became the first Seminole picked to play in the East-West Shrine game. In 1966 Del Williams was awarded the Tallahassee Quarterback Club’s trophy as most valuable Seminole gridder. That season he was named second team All-American by NEA, UPI, and AP. In his senior year, Miami Herald sports editor Edwin Pope wrote of Del, “He is one of the best pulling guards I have ever seen.” After graduation, Williams started at guard, tackle, and center from 1967 to 1973 for the New Orleans Saints. In the trenches where the game is decided, no one in Garnet and Gold has made his mark with greater ability and dedication than Del Williams.
ALEXANDER T. “LEX” WOOD
In 1962, Lex Wood came to Florida State from South Africa. For the next three years Wood, once placed in the top 20 in world rankings, played number 1 singles and doubles. In 1964, his singles match record was 22-1 and his career marks was 51 victories in 54 singles matches. In the course of his Florida State career Lex Wood defeated many great collegiate players including U.S. Davis Cupper Marty Riessen.
After his playing career ended Wood remained as Seminoles coach. From 1965 through 1969, his squads amassed a winning record of 89-33. His last two teams went 19-3 and 23-5 in dual matches. A fine student, Lex Wood received his masters and doctoral degrees from FSU in Education. For the past twelve years he has taught and coached at the University of Central Florida.
The finest tennis player in Florida State history, Lex Wood has brought honor to his alma mater both on and off the court.
DAISY PARKER FLORY
The Florida State University Athletic Department Presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Daisy Parker Flory.
As Florida State student, faculty member and administrator, she has supported this university and its athletic programs. For half a century her intelligence, dignity and good sense have helped guide this institution. When Florida State takes the field she is always there. President Sliger has said: “Daisy is the conscience of the university,” and Seminoles everywhere thank her for her devotion to her alma mater and to Florida State athletics.
From 1948 through 1951 Florida State won 30 games while losing only 4. Steady, reliable, hard hitting guard on the four fine teams was Miamian Bill Dawkins. Many honors came to Dawkins. In 1950 and ’51 he was picked on the All-Florida college team. In 1951, he was named Little All-American and at the end of that season he became the Seminoles’ first gridder to be named to post-season all-star squads. Dawkins played in both the North-South and Senior Bowl games. In 1951, the star guard was the Seminoles’ captain.
After graduation, Dawkins returned to Miami where for years he was one of the state’s most respected high school football coaches. Fine two way lineman and great team leader, Bill Dawkins was a real giant in the history of Seminole football.
It wasn’t far from Leon High School to Florida State University, but Jesse Forbes covered that distance and kept right on running. Three time Forbes was a track All-American. He reached the finals of the 100 meters at the NCAA in both 1975 and 1978, and was a member of the 400 meter relay team that reached the NCAA finals in 1978.
Four relay teams, anchored by Forbes, held records. In 1978, he anchored a 400 meter team to a Metro Conference record. In ’77 his 400 meter relay team set FSU and Mike Long Track marks at 39.1. In individual events, Forbes was co-holder of the FSU school record in the Indoor 60 at 6.1 and the Outdoor 100 at 9.3. In 1978, Forbes, who also lettered in varsity football, was co-captain of the Seminole track team. A high school track coach following graduation, Jesse Forbes was a streak in garnet and gold and tracks across the nation.
A Virginian who transferred to Florida State from Manatee Junior College, John Grubb starred on the Seminoles’ greatest team, the 1970 runner-ups. Grubb was a steady Seminole batting and fielding leader through that 49-9 season. He hit .303 during the regular season, played well in the outfield and was named to the all-tournament squad at the Florida State Invitational. In the 1970 College World Series, Grubb led the Tribe at the plate and was one of two Seminoles to be named to the All-Series team. At season’s end John Grubb was named honorable mention All-American.
Two years after he left Seminole Field, Grubb had made the majors and he has been there ever since. First with the San Diego and later with Cleveland and Texas, he has been a steady outfielder, a solid hitter and member of the American League All-Star team. As collegian and professional, John Grubb represents the best in the Seminole baseball tradition.
His grace and strength on the trampoline was a wonder to anyone who saw him in action. From 1951 to 1953 Florida State University gymnastics teams won the national championships in this demanding sport. One of the keys to those champions was Dick Gutting. In 1952, he was NCAA trampoline champion and one year later he won the National AAU title in the same event. Gutting also won the Southeastern AAU trampoline championships and was king of both tumbling and the trampoline in the Florida AAU. When Florida State defeated the world champion Swedish Gymnastics team, Gutting won a first in the trampoline. A teacher since graduation, this brilliant athlete and outstanding competitor has brought great honor to his alma mater.
Roaring into prominence as a sophomore in the final period of the Florida game in 190, Gary Huff remained to re-write the Florida State record book. The Tampan still holds more than thirty FSU records for passing, total offense and touchdown production. His 2,770 yds. is the mark for season total offense, while his 6,086 yds. is the career record. In passing his 206 completions and 2,293 yards are season standards and his 436 completions and 6,378 yards are career passing records. Huff had 11 straight 200 yd. games at quarterback and 5 times passed more than 300 yds. He accounted for 6 touchdowns in one game, 26 in a season and 54 over his career. In 1972, his senior year, Huff was Seminole co-captain.
After graduation Huff played with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and now coaches at Indiana University. From 1970-72 his rifle arm made Florida State’s aerial game one of the nation’s most exciting.
Tom Nugent, one of modern football’s greatest innovators, was the coach who moved Florida State football firmly into major college ranks. In his seventeen years of college coaching, six at FSU, Nugent developed the “I Formation,” now used by a majority of pro and college teams. He also invented the “Power I.”
Arriving at Florida State in 1953, Tom Nugent’s six year record as Seminole head man was 34-28-1. Two of his teams went to bowl games. As head coach, Nugent took Florida State from small college schedule to one in which Georgia, Miami, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee were opponents. Most significant schedule change in the Nugent era was FSU’s first battle with Florida in 1958. Nugent’s men registered the Seminoles’ first victories over Miami and an SEC team (Tennessee).
Tom Nugent, who also served FSU as athletic director, brought color and visibility to Florida State football, which took a giant step forward under his able guidance.
In 1953, a New Yorker named Jack Veghte came to Florida State where he played number 1 on the Seminole golf team for the next four years. He won more than 30 dual matches while losing only 3. In 1957, Veghte was Florida Intercollegiate runner-up and winner of the New York State Amateur Championship. In that same year he received a BS in Business Administration from FSU. After graduation the Seminole Alum continued his career as an amateur golfer. Three times he had been Florida State amateur champion. In 1975, Veghte was a U.S. Amateur quarter finalist and in 1980 and 1981 he was Southern Amateur runner-up. Jack Veghte, a successful Clearwater business executive, has been active civic leader while continuing a career as an amateur golfer that has made him one of the nation’s best. One of the finest golfers in Florida State history, Jack Veghte has well represented his alma mater as student, athlete and citizen.
J. EDWIN WHITE
The Florida State University Athletic Department Presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to J. Edwin White.
Born in Kentucky, Mr. White moved to Tallahassee in 1911 and resided there until his death on March 2, 1983. A prominent banker, Mr. White was deeply involved in civic and charitable work in Tallahassee. A life-long supporter of Florida State College for Women and Florida State University, he was a great friend of FSU football. His special interest was Florida State baseball and the Seminoles’ great success in that sport has been due in no small part to the generosity of Mr. White. Seminoles everywhere thank him for his steadfast support and mourn his passing.
Dick Artmeier was a farm boy from Clarksburg, Indiana who came south to play for Florida State from 1952 through 1956. His coach, Bud Kennedy, described him as “a defensive ace who was an important factor in all our victories – particularly the close ones.” In his greatest defensive game Artmeier held high scoring West Virginia All-American “Hot Rod” Hundley to 7 points in the 1955 Orange Bowl tournament. The 1954-55 Seminoles, who went 22-4, were led offensively by Hall of Famers Jimmy Oler and Ham Wernke, while Artmeier provided the defensive spark. “Arty” ranked third in scoring behind Oler and Wernke on his last two teams and was an outstanding rebounder. He received his Bachelors and masters degrees from FSU and a doctorate from Indiana University. As Florida State moved forward to greater national recognition in basketball Dick Artmeier made a major contribution to Seminole athletics.
From 1967 through 1969 number 14, Bill Cappleman, re-wrote the Florida State record book, claiming all career and season passing records. “Cap” threw 42 TD passes, completed 349 of 639 and gained 5,135 yards in the air. His total offense mark was 4,173 yards. His single season records include: 25 TD passes, 2,467 passing yards, 2,342 total offense yards, 344 passes and 183 completions. Against Memphis State in 1969 this brilliant signal caller gained 508 yards in the air. Perhaps Cappleman’s greatest game under center came as he led FSU to a 40-20 victory over powerful Houston in 1968. He was unstoppable and his performance won Sport Illustrated’s designation as national back of the week. Cappleman was chosen All-Southeastern Independent and honorable mention All-American. In ’69 he was named Florida’s finest football player. Bill Cappleman well represented his alma mater as he carried on the FSU tradition of exciting football.
Bradley Cooper, Florida State’s greatest field event performer, came to Tallahassee from the Bahamas. In 1978, his junior year, he won All-American honors when he finished fourth in the NCAA discus with a throw of 189′. The mark was an FSU school record and a Bahamian national record. In his senior year Brad won the NCAA championship in the discus. His throw of 212’6″ broke the NCAA record, making Brad Florida State’s first NCAA record holder in track and field. His mark stood for four years. Cooper is also FSU’s second best all-time shot putter with a toss of 60’2″. Co-captain of the ’79 squad, Cooper returned after graduation to help coach Seminole weight men. He currently serves as Minister of Recreation for the Bahamas and remains a world class discus thrower and a Bahamian Olympian. The soaring discus throws of this splendid giant brought great honor and distinction to the Garnet and Gold.
In his Florida State career, 1974-77, Larry Key made number 44 famous. As a senior, Larry, a Seminole captain, led the 10-2 Tribe and re-wrote the record book. Key broke game, season, and career marks for rushes. He became FSU’s first thousand yard ball carrier with 1,117 in ’77. Over his career number 44 gained 2,953 yards rushing. Ten times Larry gained more than 100 yards rushing. His 97 yard dash against VPI in ’76 was the longest run ever by a Seminole. That same play also set a new Florida State career rushing standard. Key scored 18 TDs and 108 points in his four years and set four kick return marks. In 1977 he was a national leader in all-purpose yardage as he blazed down the field with especially brilliant efforts against Oklahoma State, Florida, and Texas Tech. In that year, Florida State fans shook their keys every time Larry touched the ball-a salute to this sensational leader.
Jim Lyttle came to Florida State from Ohio in 1965 and stayed to become a genuine two sport star. IN 1966 Lyttle was named a first team All-American in baseball by Sporting News. He was also an All-District III NCAA selection. That year Jim re-wrote FSU slugging records. His 13 home runs, 51 RBIs and 131 total bases set school marks that lasted for years. He was also a fine defensive outfielder with an arm like a rifle. On the hardwood Jim Lyttle started at point guard and was an excellent player and defender. In 1966, he signed a professional baseball contract with the Yankees. His major league career spanned a decade with the Yankees, White Sox, and Expos. More recently he has played baseball in Japan. In both hard ball and round ball, Jim Lyttle well represented Florida State University.
From 1966 through 1968 a 198 pound linebacker from Live Oak, Dale McCullers, blazed his way into Seminole grid annals as one of the most brilliant defenders to play for Florida State. He led FSU defenders into three consecutive bowls: Sun, Gator, and Peach. In 1967, Dale was named AP lineman of the week after making 17 unassisted tackles against Memphis State. The following year AP honored McCullers again after he made 20 unassisted tackles in the Texas A & M game. He was the defensive leader in the ’67 victory over Florida. At the close of his senior season Dale McCullers was chosen 1st team All-American by NEA and 3rd team All-American by AP. He was on AP’s All-Southeastern Independent squad and played in the post-season All-American bowl. Quick, aggressive, and intelligent, Dale McCullers was truly an all-time Garnet and Gold football game.
Jack Miles was an integral part of Florida State gymnastics teams which won five NCAA and AAU championships in the 1950s. A versatile athlete, Miles was AAU national champion in the flying rings in 1951. As a senior in 1955 he was national champion in both long horse vaulting and the still rings. In that year this Seminole gymnast scored 327 points at the AAU national championships and tied as the best All-Around gymnast-a highly coveted honor. In 1955 Miles represented the United States in the Pan Am games and one year later he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team. Combining strength and grace, Jack Miles represented Florida State well as Hartley Price’s Seminole gymnasts brought national recognition to this young university’s growing athletic program.
Bobby Renn transferred to Florida State from Davidson and in his FSU career, 1956-58, became one of the most complete football players ever to wear the garnet and gold. When his career was over, Renn held FSU career marks in points scored, touchdowns scored, rushing yardage and punting. He not only ran and punted, Bobby was a brilliant defensive back, a fine pass receiver, and filled in at quarterback in 1957. He gained 150 yards rushing in one game, raced 72 yards for TD against VPI and gained 1,468 yards rushing in his career. He remains one of the most powerful and accurate punters in FSU annals. However, Bobby Renn is perhaps best remembered for a single play. He returned the opening kickoff in the FSU-Florida series 75 yards to the Gator 15, setting up a quick Seminole TD. He was co-captain of that fine 1958 squad. Bobby Renn’s great versatility as a Seminole football player well merits his selection to the athletic hall of fame.
DR. VON VELLER
Don Veller was a brilliant halfback at Indiana University. In his senior year he was a Hoosier MVP and played in the East-West Shrine game. After leaving IU he coached at Hanover College and as an assistant to Indiana. In 1948 he came to Florida State as head football coach. In five seasons Coach Veller’s teams went 31-12-1, a 70 percent victory mark. He gave Florida State its first football victory, its first winning season and one of two undefeated seasons in FSU history. In his first three seasons in Tallahassee his squads won 24 of 26 games. Veller made the Seminoles a small college Southern grid power. Later Veller became Seminole golf coach, serving in that post on three different occasions and amassing a 78-23 dual meet record, a winning percentage of .772. For thirty-one years Don Veller, as coach and teacher, has provided innovation, leadership and service to Florida State University.
F. WILSON CARRAWAY
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to F. Wilson Carraway.
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for outstanding service to Florida State athletics to the late Wilson Carraway. Senator Carraway guided the bill through the legislature that created Florida State University. He also took the lead in bringing athletic competition between Florida State and the University of Florida. Furthermore, Senator Carraway led the fight to increase the size Campbell Stadium so as to make possible home and home grid competition between FSU and Florida. The phenomenal growth of both academics and athletics at Florida State University was due in great part to the efforts of citizens such as Wilson Carraway.
In 1962 and ’63 the Florida State defense was among the best in the South an in 1964 among the best in the nation. A three year starter at linebacker and key of that powerful defense was Dick Hermann from Marianna. Few FSU defenders have matched his combination of toughness and quickness. He played well in the big games, Auburn and Kentucky in ’62, Auburn in ’63 and in ’64 in the wins over Florida and Oklahoma. Hermann was a leader of the ’64 defense called the “Seven Magnificents” and is the first member of that unit to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dick Hermann won the Crenshaw Award in 1964 as the “Seminole with the biggest heart.” Roaming the field from linebacker, Dick Hermann brought honor to the garnet and gold.
In four years at Florida State, Jimmy Jordan, #15, threw 595 passes, completed 298 for 4,173 yards and 39 touchdowns. He was honored by AP as Southeastern back of the week vs. LSU, Sports Illustrated as national back of the week vs. Oklahoma State, and ABC-TV as player of the game vs. LSU and Navy. In 1976 Jordan threw FSU’s longest TD pass, a 96 yarder to Kurt Unglaub vs. Virginia Tech. Beyond all the statistics and honors, what Jimmy Jordan and his friend and fellow qb Wally Woodham did was win! From 1977 through 1979, Jordan was a key factor in making FSU a major national power with a record of 29-6 and 3 straight victories over Florida. One of the most popular players ever to wear the garnet and gold, the qb with the rifle arm from Tallahassee Leon made Seminole football the college game’s most exciting.
H. DONALD LOUCKS
Donald Loucks began his coaching career in 1936 at the University School of Florida State College for Women where he coached all sports. This was the beginning of an association with Florida State which crossed six decades, 1936-1980, ending in his retirement as Professor Emeritus of Physical Education. In 1942, while serving as an officer in the Army, he stationed at West Point where he coached plebe basketball ball and tennis.
In 1947, Donald Loucks was the first FSU basketball coach and a year later was named the school’s first tennis coach. His basketball team scored the first athletic victory (12/10/47) in Florida State history. His tennis team was the first athletic team to have a winning season. The varsity tennis courts were named for him in 1981.
Donald Loucks served as Dean of Men at FSU from 1957-1967. His record is one o f leadership, service and devotion to Florida State University.
Gene McDowell came to Florida State from Waycross, Georgia and stayed to become one of the Seminoles’ greatest linebackers. McDowell played guard and linebacker from 1960 through 1962. He was captain of the 1962 Seminoles and that season was named to AP’s third team All-America, the first FSU player to be so highly honored. In ’62, McDowell was named the team’s MVP and Florida’s College Player of the Year. He also played in the North-South All-Star game.
Following graduation, McDowell coached at FSU in 1968-69, then moved to Kansas State for four years before returning to Tallahassee where he coached the Tribe linebackers from 1974 to 1984. In 1985, he was named head coach at Central Florida. As player and coach Gene McDowell has well represented the garnet and gold.
James McFatter came to Florida State from west Florida in 1950 and lettered in Volleyball in 1951 and 1952. After four years in the Navy, he returned to Tallahassee to play for Coach Bill Odeneal’s NCAA championship teams in 1957 and 1958. McFatter was the versatile leader of those two great squads and was named to the NCAA All-American first team in both 1957 and 1958. James McFatter was an important force in Florida State’s rise to national visibility in its first decade in intercollegiate athletics.
A pioneer in the development of intercollegiate volleyball, Bill Odeneal became the nation’s first full-time college coach at Florida State University in 1949. Dr. Odeneal’s Seminole spikers were the nation’s best in the fifties, winning three NCAA championships. The Garnet and Gold, under Odeneal’s direction also claimed eight state AAU titles and many regional championships.
In addition to his coaching, Dr. Odeneal has written many articles about the sport and co-authored the book “Beginning Volleyball.” He has served on many national athletic bodies and was a charter member of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament Committee. Bill Odeneal played a vital role in gaining national attention for the athletic program for the young Florida State University.
A World Class sprinter all four years, 1976-1980, at Florida State, Mike Roberson set records at all levels of competition. He set FSU indoor and outdoor marks in the 60, 100, and 200, and Metro Conference records in the 100 and 200. Roberson won a gold medal in the 100 in the World University Games and was a member of the gold medal winning 400 meter relay team in the Pan American Games.
In 1980, FSU’s greatest team, led by Roberson, finished 3rd in the NCAA. Mike finished 2nd in the 100 and ran on the 3rd place 400 meter relay team. His last race as a collegian was his greatest. Mike won the NCAA 200 meter championship at 19.96, becoming the first human in history to break 20 seconds at sea level. Anyone who saw Mike Roberson run the curve in the 200 will remember the sight as a supreme example of athletic grace and power.
In 1970 and 1971 a tall, lefthander came out of the bullpen to make hi mark as Florida State’s greatest relief pitcher and one of the finest relievers in NCAA history. Mac Scarce, from Richmond, Virginia by way of Manatee J.C., was a vital force on the ’70 Tribe, runner-up for the national championship. His brilliant 7 innings of relief in the NCAA finals stands as one the finest moments in Seminole diamond annals. Scarce had 30 saves over the ’70-’71 seasons and 18 in ’71 alone, career and season records for FSU and the NCAA. In 1970 he gave up only 13 hits in 33 relief innings, a school record. Mac was co-captain of the ’71 Seminoles. After leaving Florida State, Scarce pitched for the Phillies and Mets. His poise under pressure made Mac Scarce one of the major reasons for FSU’s reputation over the years as a perennial baseball power.
From 1963 through 1966 Gary Schull was the leader of Florida State’s basketball Seminoles. The Pompano Beach prep star, short for college center made up for lack of size with hustle and aggressiveness. In his career, Schull averaged 14.8 points a game and grabbed more than 10 rebounds a contest. He scored 1,122 points and came down with 769 rebounds in his three years. Schull grabbed 27 rebounds against JU in ’66 and led FSU to a memorable 51-50 victory over Florida in 1964. Gary Schull, a fine student, graduated in 1966 and went to Europe to become one of Italy’s best known and most popular pro cagers. The personification of hustle and determination, Gary Schull represents the best in the Seminole athletic tradition.
In four years at Florida State, 1976-1979, Wally Woodham, #12, threw 476 passes, completed 273 for 3,550 yards and 22 touchdowns. In his greatest performance, Woodham ripped the Florida Gator defense to shreds in 1978 completing 16 of 24 for 179 yards. He was AP’s Southeastern back of the week. Beyond all the statistics and honors what Wally Woodham and his friend and fellow qb Jimmy Jordan did was win! From 1977 through 1979 Woodham led Florida State to the top nationally with a record of 29-6, including 3 straight victories over Florida. The brilliant quarterback from Tallahassee Leon whose finesse destroyed defenses and put the ball in the end zone, brought FSU football to its pinnacle of success.
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to George Langford.
This attorney, businessman and civic leader has served two terms as president of the Seminole Boosters. His projects have run from major stadium improvements to books on Seminole football. George Langford has generously devoted hi drive, organizational ability and great enthusiasm to the improvement of Florida State athletics.
Ralph Chaudron was true athletic pioneer at Florida State. The Pensacola High star came to Tallahassee and in 1947 his name appeared in write ups and box scores in three sports, football, basketball, and baseball. Ralph started FSU’s first football game and made the first ever interception for the garnet and gold. He played both ways from 1947 through 1949, starting at both quarterback and tailback as well as safety. Ralph was the floor general of the first Seminole basketball squad and played baseball as well in 1947. After graduation, he returned to Pensacola and has become one of the best known coaches in the state. He was president of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and a member of that body’s Hall of Fame. Chaudron has been a devoted Seminole Booster and thus his contributions to Florida State athletics span its entire 40 year history.
In 1954, Don Fauls left his job as trainer in the St. Louis Cardinals organization to become head trainer at Florida State University. With only a two year break, the man called “Doc,” and “Rooster,” was Seminole trainer until 1986. He became a national leader in his field and is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Hall of Fame. Four decades of Seminole athletes have been taped by him, advised by him and had their aches and pains treated by him. He has been a wise friend to players and coaches alike. Don Fauls has also been a community resource with his professional expertise available to the entire community. “Doc’s” resume says he is 5’7″ tall and weighs 145 pounds. To four decades of Seminoles he has been a giant. More than any person, Don Fauls has been the central force in Florida State athletics.
From 1969 through 1972 Florida State basketball teams won 67 and lost 18, the best 3 year mark in Seminole history. A key to that record was Rowland Garrett from Canton, Mississippi, one of only two men to play on FSU’s two finest clubs, 1969-70 and ’71-’72 Rowland, an FSU co-captain, averaged 13.0 points a game and was a major force in his team’s drive to the NCAA finals. After graduation Garrett played for five years in the NBA. From tiny Tully to Pauley Pavillion, Rowland Garrett well represented Florida State and was a leader of its greatest basketball teams.
Walter McCoy came to Florida State in 1978 from Daytona Beach and stayed to fill the record book. In his freshman year Walter was NCAA 600 yard champ indoors. Before his career ended in 1981 McCoy had made All-American on twelve different occasions (indoors and outdoors) and had anchored FSU’s NCAA championship mile relay team in 1980. He captained the Seminoles, set 400 meter records for the university and the Metro Conference. In both 1980 and 1984, Walter was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, winning the gold medal in the 4×100 relay in ’84. He remains in 1986 what he always been both on and off the track-world class.
When he was signed out of Warner Robbins, Georgia, he was one of Florida State’s greatest recruiting victories. Midway through his freshman season Coach Bowden said, “Simmons is turning the program around.” In 1977 he was the difference in his first game at FSU and against North Texas State he was national lineman of the week. Ron made number 50 famous. He was ABC-TV player of the game four times and Football News freshman defensive lineman of the year. In 1979 and 1980 Ron was consensus All-American and in 1980 a Lombardi Award finalist and captain of the Seminoles. This powerful middle guard led FSU to the top of the polls, into two Orange Bowls and a Tangerine Bowl and to four consecutive victories over Florida. For four years Ron Simmons made opposition backs miserable and Seminoles deliriously happy.
One of the greatest all around athletes ever to wear the garnet and gold, Rohn Stark transferred to Florida State in 1978. In his four years he re-wrote the FSU record book in punting. Stark has most career punts, 244, highest season average, 46.0, and highest career average, 42.7. His best single game was his last as a Seminole, against Florida in 1981 when he averaged 54.8 yards. Rohn was captain in ’81 and was named 1st team All-American in 1980 and 1981. His magnificent performance against Pitt in 1980 was the most brilliant punting exhibition ever seen in Campbell Stadium. In the spring Rohn Stark became FSU’s finest decathlon athlete. Since graduation he has become one of the greatest punters in the NFL. Rohn Stark’s soaring punts made number 3 a potent weapon and gave the Seminoles the best kicking game in the nation.
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Godfrey Smith.
A native of Tallahassee, Godfrey Smith began his banking career in 1937. With the exception of service in the Army Air Force in World War II he has been with the Capital City First National Bank ever since. Godfrey Smith has served on the Board of the FSU Foundation and since 1981 has been a member of the Florida State Athletic Board. The university and its athletic endeavors have greatly benefited from wise counsel and good sense of this concerned citizen.
Although Delray Beach’s Bobby Butler was just 5-10 and 163 pounds when he wore the Garnet and Gold, he was a big man in the Seminoles secondary. During his four-year career that spanned from 1977 until 1980, he literally covered Seminole territory. His 11 interceptions rank seventh on FSU’s career list despite opponents who consistently steered clear of him. In his senior year, Butler received his due recognition when the Associated Press picked him to the third team on its annual All-American squad.
During Butler’s four years at Florida State, the Seminoles were 39-8 and played in three bowl games, including the 1980 and 1981 Orange Bowls.
When Butler put his football cleats away in the fall, he donned track cleats for the spring season, running the sprinting events and helping Florida State’s track team to a third place finish nationally in 1980.
The Atlanta Falcons made him their first round draft pick in 1981 and he still makes his living today with the National Football League club.
One of the most celebrated walk-ons in Florida State history, Mike Fuentes went from the humble beginnings of being cut from the Seminole team to winning the Golden Spikes Award in 1981, symbolizing college baseball’s best player.
After making the Seminole team in 1978 on his second try, Fuentes went to bat just five times. But before his career was over, he would leave a trail of honors after his name in Florida State record books.
He was twice named the Metro Conference Tournament’s MVP and twice he was named to college baseball’s All-America team. The Coral Gables native, who was nicknamed “Tito” by his teammates, became the first Seminole to hit .400 in a season when hit .408 as a junior while leading Florida State into the 1980 College World Series. He capped a brilliant career with a senior season that included 27 homeruns, 81 RBI and a .360 average. During that storybook season, he broke Arizona State Slugger Bob Horner’s NCAA career homerun mark, finishing with 64. Fuentes also hit .377 and drove in 182 runs over his four-year career.
One of Florida State’s top student-athletes, Fuentes was a second round draft choice of the Montreal Expos in 1981. He now plays in the Houston Astros’ organization.
When he retired as assistant football coach in June, 1986, Bob Harbison took with him a huge chunk of FSU athletic history. He had coached football at Florida State for 37 of the school’s 39 years on the gridiron. Harbie was also the first Seminole golf coach.
This fine Indiana Hoosier lineman joined Don Veller’s staff in 1948 and spent most of his career coaching offensive and defensive linemen. His most famous unit was the 1964 defensive forewall named the “Seven Magnificents.”
Harbie was renowned as a scout and as a precise teacher of the technique of line play. A major factor in FSU’s rapid rise from small college to national power in football was Bob Harbison’s leadership.
From the second game of his freshman season in 1977 to the last seconds of the 1981 Orange Bowl, Ken Lanier started every Florida State football game on the offensive line. Over that span of time, where FSU football reached the pinnacle of success, the Seminoles were 39-8 and played in three bowl games.
Lanier won All-South Independent honors both his junior and senior years, and in 1980 as a senior, was chosen to the second team of the Associated Press All-American squad. That honor is shared by only two other FSU linemen in history – the late Del Williams and current Atlanta Falcon’s lineman Jamie Dukes. The Denver Broncos made Lanier their fifth round draft pick several months after the 1981 Orange Bowl and since that time, the 6-3, 275 pounder has anchored down a starting position on the Broncos’ line. He was one of three Seminoles who player in the 1987 Super Bowl.
The Columbus, Ohio native was a two-sport athlete at FSU, and his 1979 shot put record of 60-feet, 4 inches is still etched in Seminole record books today.
One of the hardest hitters to ever roam the Seminoles secondary, Lee Nelson earned his place in the Florida State Hall of Fame after spending just two years on the campus. Upon transferring from Pensacola Junior College in 1974, Nelson walked on to the Seminole team and promptly won a starting cornerback job. He led the Tribe in tackles that year (86) and as a senior, was named the Seminole MVP on defense. He finished his collegiate career by playing in the American Bowl All-Star game.
As a 15th round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976, no one expected the little-known Nelson to make an NFL roster. Yet with odds against him once again, Nelson not only made the club but went on to spend the next 11 years with the Cardinals, playing in the defensive secondary and on the kickoff and return teams. He retired from pro football in 1986.
WYATT “RED” PARISH
The late Wyatt “Red” Parish starred as a running back on the first three Florida State football teams, 1947-48-49. He started the Seminoles’ first game and made the school’s first run from scrimmage. Called a “great competitor” by his coach, Don Veller, the versatile Parish made his mark rushing, passing, and receiving. By the time he had completed his career, Parish held the FSU career scoring mark of 99 points and the record for most TDs in one season, 9 in ’49-the latter not broken for 15 years. For many years after graduation, the west Floridian remained a strong supporter of Seminole athletics. “Red” Parish was one reason Florida State got off the ground running into college gridiron prominence.
He was a true pioneer. In 1947, just weeks before Florida State began its football tradition, Ed Williams was asked to be head coach. He had little equipment and players who were largely strangers to him and to each other. His team did not even have a nickname. Williamson continued to teach full time and received no supplement for coaching. When he asked for money to scout his first opponent, Stetson, President Campbell asked, “Do you mean you want to spy on them?” In ’47 Williamson’s team went 0-5, but played three opponents on even terms. Some one had to begin and Ed Williamson did it with good humor, good sense and dignity. He has remained a staunch supporter of the program he whistled into existence 40 years ago.
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Rainey Cawthon.
A Tallahassean, Cawthon was a football star at the University of Florida and captain of the 1929 Gators. When Florida State University was created, Cawthon, a prominent Tallahassee businessman, led the drive for construction of Doak Campbell Stadium. That important step forward in the FSU program was due in large part to his efforts. In the years following, Rainey Cawthon has continued to be a vital supporter of Florida State athletics.
When Paul Azinger completed his collegiate career in 1981, many predicted greatness for the native Floridian. After transferring from Brevard Community College, Azinger led the Seminole golf team to its highest ranking ever. He was the Metro Conference champion and was named the Most Valuable Player of the ’81 team. Following graduation, it took Azinger only a few years to make his presence felt on the PGA tour. During the 1987 season, Azinger won three tournaments, finished second at the British Open and finished second on the Tour in earnings.
DARBY COTTLE VEAZEY
Darby Cottle made such an impact on Florida State softball from 1979 to 1982 that she is the only player to have her number retired. Cottle, who won the prestigious Broderick Award in 1982 as the nation’s finest softball player, led the Lady Seminoles to consecutive AIAW slow pitch national championships in 1981 and 1982. The Ty Ty, Georgia native was named All-American in both her junior and senior years and also was selected to the All-Region and All-National teams.
After she finished her career at Florida State, Jane Geddes had left an indelible mark on the Lady Seminole golf program. As a sophomore, Geddes helped FSU to a school record five tournament titles, including the program’s first national title in ’81. It was at the national championships that Geddes birdied number 17 to cement the title for the Lady Seminoles. After working for several years to make a niche for herself on the LPGA Tour, Geddes won her first event in 1986 at the Tour’s biggest event of the year – The US Open. To prove the victory was no fluke, Geddes returned the following year to win five tournament championships and finish in third place on the LPGA money list.
During his career as a four-year starter at Florida State (1975-78), head coach Bobby Bowden called Willie Jones “the best player in the country at his position.”
Jones was one of the main building blocks in Bowden’s move to mold Florida State into a national powerhouse. Three times Jones was named to the All-South Independent team and as a senior, the defensive end was named to three All-American teams, including AP and UPI. He was the 1977 Tangerine Bowl MVP and finished his career by taking MVP honors in the 1978 Senior Bowl.
A second round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1979, Jones led the club in quarterback sacks (10) in his rookie season. He played five years for the Raiders and was a member of the 1981 Super Bowl squad.
Jones returned to FSU in 1987 to finish his degree and serve as a student coach for the Fiesta Bowl champions.
Today, Willie Jones’ 20 career sacks still remain in second place on FSU’s all-time list.
One of the most prolific scorers in Florida State basketball history, Ron King helped lead FSU to its first appearance in the Final Four, and ultimately the national championship game with UCLA.
From 1970-73, King’s jump shot netted 1,252 points for the Seminoles. After scoring 35.7 points per game for the freshman team, his sophomore average of 22.7 points per game is still the third best single season average in FSU history. A 46 point outing against Georgia Southern that season still remains the top FSU single game scoring mark.
King averaged 17.9 points as a junior in 1971-72 in what was the Seminoles’ all-time storybook season – a 27-6 record and the nation’s runner up title. King was the third leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament with 92 points in five games, and his 27 points against UCLA in the final helped him to a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Although the 6-4 swingman average 19.6 points per game in his career, the fourth best mark ever at FSU, his scoring total is just 10th on the all-time list. An expected great senior season was cut short when King broke his leg after six games.
During his playing days as a starting quarterback and defensive back, Vic Prinzi embodied the early days of Florida State football. Prinzi began his career as a freshman in 1954, grabbing national headlines for his three touchdown performance against VMI as a fifth-string quarterback. Prinzi was joined in the backfield that year by long-time friend Burt Reynolds. Later in his career, the Waverly, New York native displayed his versatility, playing both offense and defense. As a senior co-captain of the 1958 team, Prinzi helped guide the Seminoles to a 7-4 record and a berth in the Bluegrass Bowl while leading the team in passing.
Prinzi played briefly with the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos before joining the high school and college coaching ranks for 12 seasons. Today, Prinzi serves as vice president of a major brokerage firm in Tampa, in addition to working as a color analyst on the Seminole Radio Network. The second generation of “Prinzi Seminoles” will begin in 1988 as son Pete signed with FSU.
DR. WILLIAM LEE PROCTOR
During his years at Florida State, Bill Proctor wore many different hats. A former Seminole tackle who graduated in 1956 with the first of his three degrees from FSU, Proctor returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 1962. He left the football staff to become Assistant Dean of Men in January of 1966 and in 1968, earned hi Ph.D. in educational administration. In 1970, Proctor became the President of Flagler College in St. Augustine, a position he has held for 18 years. Florida State honored one of its finest graduates in 1986 when he was chosen to receive one of the University’s Distinguished Educator Awards.
Former defensive end Tony Romeo is best known for a sophomore season in 1958 that produced honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press and United Press International. Romeo keyed a strong FSU defensive effort that led to an appearance in the Bluegrass Bowl. He was named Florida Defensive Linemen of the Week three times. Although he was often injured in his junior and senior seasons, Romeo played both ways for the Garnet and Gold, making the Florida All-State team as a senior.
After being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and traded to the Boston Patriots, Romeo played seven years for the Pats. He still holds the tight end record for catches in a game (10 for 149 yards) and was Florida’s Pro Athlete of the Year in 1966.
Romeo was also known for beginning the first chapel services in professional football. Following his pro career, he spent time in the ministry before putting his FSU business degree to work.
MARGIE WESSEL SCOTT
Named team MVP the last three years of her college career, Margie Wessel led the Lady Seminoles volleyball team to a 127-60 record during her four years at FSU. Twice during her career the Lady Seminoles advanced to the AIAW national tournament. The Miami native was co-captain of the FSU squad as a senior and was named to the AIAW Region III All-Star team in 1979 and 1980.
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Herb Morgan.
Florida State University alumnus Herb Morgan has, from his prestigious position in the Florida House of Representatives, been a prime mover in the affairs of his State, his City and his University. Recognized as one of the State’s most effective and conscientious legislators, he has championed the cause of higher education.
As chairman of the Appropriations and Rules Committees, Herb’s leadership resulted in major funding of athletic facilities, statewide equity for women’s athletics, College of Business expansion, the FAMU/FSU Engineering College, the new University Union and numerous other FSU capital projects.
Winfred Bailey began his Florida State football career in 1961 as a highly recruited halfback, playing behind the great Fred Bilentnikoff. By his junior year, Bailey, an outstanding two-way player, had made a name for himself at defensive back. Bailey’s finest year was 1964, his senior season, when he intercepted a team-best 6 passes and was also a leading punt and kickoff returner. That year his efforts helped lead Florida State to an 8-1-1 record and a victory over Oklahoma in the Gator Bowl. Although his overall statistics are impressive, Bailey’s contributions were perhaps greater because of his unique ability to come up with the big plays. Several times during his career, Bailey produced game-saving plays that made him one of Florida State’s best defensive backs. Still an active supporter of the FSU program, Bailey is a successful businessman in Atlanta.
CHARLES R. DURBIN
Charlie Durbin was associated with FSU athletics for an amazing 41 years. He truly fulfilled his duties with care and dedication and in every instance focused on what he thought was best in the interest of Florida State University and the athletic program.
During the early years when Charlie was exclusively driving athletic teams across the country at all times of the day and night, he always took personal interest in each athlete and his welfare. No coach, athletic administrator, or university representative ever worried about a trip when Charlie Durbin was in charge.
In 1960, when Charlie was given additional responsibilities in cinematography and the operation of a training film production laboratory, he was most eager to learn and to become proficient in film production technology.
Charlie Durbin is one of the innovative and resourceful people ever to serve Florida State. He was a real genius at devising and perfecting techniques. He took a personal interest in cost and quality.
Not only was Charlie dedicated to his responsibilities, but he was always willing to offer assistance to anyone who needed it. During the sixties, Charlie assisted a major of the high schools in the Big Bend area with their training film problems and needs.
Charlie Durbin went out of his way to help people and to save money for the athletic program and the University, but what is so invaluable about this person is that he did it all so unselfishly and without seeking recognition for himself.
By the time Sue Galkantas graduated from Florida State in 1984 her name was atop almost every individual category in the record books. Galkantas was one of the most prolific scorers ever to play for Florida State, averaging 19.4 points per game. She scored an unbelievable 2,323 points over her four year career (1981-84). That total is the most points ever scored by a basketball player – male or female – in Florida State history. In addition to her individual ability, Galkantas will be remembered for her contributions to the women’s basketball team during her All-American junior season. She led Florida State to a 24-6 record and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Galkantas is the only woman athlete at Florida State to have had her jersey number retired.
During her four years at Florida State (1981-1984), Randy Givens rewrote the record books in women’s track and field. She was a star on a Florida State women’s track team that never finished worse than third at the National Championships during her career. By her junior year she had established herself as an international class sprinter, winning numerous national titles and leading Florida State to 2nd in the 1983 NCAA Outdoor Meet. Givens topped this accomplishment in 1984 when she won NCAA titles in the Champion 400 meter and mile relay teams. Her efforts led Florida State to its first National Championship in women’s track and field. In addition to her outstanding FSU career, Givens also brought honor to the University when she represented the United States at the 1984 Olympic Games. She was also awarded the prestigious Broderick Award, annually given to the nation’s top female amateur athlete.
Reggie Herring was one of the most talented linebackers to play at Florida State. The leading tackler in each of his final three years, Herring combined with fellow linebacker Paul Piurowski for more than 200 stops in 1979 and 1980. The Seminoles garnered an 11-0 and 10-1 regular season marks behind the pair, and consecutive trips to the Orange Bowl. Herring had an All-Star senior campaign with an incredible 170 tackles and 6 sacks in 1980. He has since gone on to an outstanding coaching career at Oklahoma State and Auburn.
Paul Piurowski, one of the best linebackers to ever play in the garnet and gold, carved his way into Seminole history with an outstanding career. As the team’s fourth leading tackler in 1978, despite missing several games due to injury, he improved to second in both his junior and senior years. Combining with fellow linebacker Reggie Herring for more than 200 stops each year, the pair led the Seminoles to back to back Orange Bowl Classics. Piurowski’s best season came in 1979 when he made 123 tackles, had 6 sacks, and scored a touchdown off an interception while helping Florida State to a perfect 11-0 regular season mark. During his final two seasons the Tribe posted 21 wins against 3 losses. Piurowski went on to play for the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits.
Dick Roberts completed a 25-year love affair with Florida State’s track and field program when he left his post as head coach on August 5,1988.
Roberts joined Rekortan Sports USA as its North American Marketing Director.
A former Seminole track athlete, Roberts coached at FSU for 21 years. Following graduation in 1964, he remained on campus for two seasons as a graduate assistant, receiving a master’s degree in 1966. Roberts coached at Dunedin High School before returning to FSU in 1970 as academic advisor for all athletes as well as head cross country and assistant track and field coach. He replaced Mike Long as head coach in 1978.
Robert’s 1980 team enjoyed the school’s highest finish ever when it was third at the Outdoor NCAA championships. He coached four national champions and 36 athletes who won 74 All-American awards. Roberts’ squads never lost a Metro crown and they beat Florida 10 of 11 times in dual meets. Overall, they put together a 119-31-2 record in scored meets during his tenure.
Roberts also helped guide the FSU Cross Country team to eight top 20 finishes and five top 10 showings.
Roberts is a member of the State of Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame. He was named NCAA District III Coach of the Year twice, Metro Conference Coach of the Year six times and has served two years as the president of the NCAA Track and Field Coaches Association. He also coached several national teams.
Jeff Sluman came to Florida State in 1977 with the potential to be a great golfer. In 1978 the Rochester, NY native showed just how good he could play when he won the New York State Amateur Tournament. During his career at Florida State, Sluman was one of the best golfers on a talented team. The Florida State golf team won three tournaments and the Metro Conference Title in 1979, his junior year, and the 1980 team advanced to the NCAA tournament. After graduation, Sluman joined the ranks of former Florida State golfers on the PGA Tour, and one of only two Americans to win a major U.S. tournament when he won the prestigious PGA Championship. Despite his small frame, Sluman is considered a giant by other tour players who respect not only his ability to play the game, but also his outstanding wit and personality.
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Louis Hill.
A life-long Tallahasseean who grew up about one block from campus, Louis Hill has played one of the largest and most enduring roles in the development of Florida State athletics.
Twice president of Seminole Booster Inc., Hill says his interest goes back to the time the school was FSCW, “when it had all the girls.” He bought original season tickets when Campbell Stadium was built, and still holds tickets for the same seats.
Now he says of FSU and its people: “I just love’em, and love anything about ’em.”
A former president of the city’s chamber of commerce, Hill for many years was president of People’s Bank, which under his leadership made more student loans – most of them to FSU students than any bank of its size in the nation.
Breaking FSU records in both football and track, soft-spoken Greg Allen was born to run. As a freshman running back, he ran for more than 500 yards in just two games, back to back, breaking school records and acquiring Sport Illustrated and UPI Player of the Week honors, a feat accomplished by few freshmen in college football history. Allen also broke NCAA records, gaining more than 400 all-purpose yards in just one game and rushing for 322 yards. With 624 carries for 3,769 yards and 44 TDs, his career totals broke FSU’s all-time mark. On the track, Allen long-jumped for 24’11?”, ran a 10.82 100 meters, and even more impressively, was clocked at 4.28 in the 40-yard dash. He still stands as one of the truly great all-around athletes in Florida State history and perhaps its most prolific football runner.
JOHN D. BRDIGERS
As Florida State’s Athletic Director from 1973 to 1979, John Bridgers achieved many things for the Seminole Athletic Department, leading it from mediocrity to the top of the ladder. Named to the prestigious NCAA Division IA Steering Committee during his time at FSU, Bridgers instigated and worked to conclusion the cancellation of a $370,000 debt on Doak S. Campbell Stadium as well as many other outstanding debt responsibilities. He was primarily responsible for FSU’s admission to the Metro Conference. In addition, Bridgers made the decision to schedule night home football games which increased attendance by almost 100 percent and brought Auburn, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Tulane to the football schedule. Under Bridgers, Bobby Bowden was brought in as the Head Football Coach. During his tenure with FSU, the Seminole football team went from an 0-11 record in 1973 to an 11-1 mark and a trip to the Orange Bowl in 1979. In the 1977-78 season, the football, basketball, and baseball teams all received post-season invitations, a feat claimed by only one other school that year and few in college athletic history. In addition he saw cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field, and golf Metro Conference Championships. Bridgers was the unquestioned leader during a period of Florida State’s greatest leap in college athletic stature nationwide.
FSU’s kick-off man for three seasons, Bill Capece was finally given the opportunity to shine and score some points for the Seminoles during his senior season. During his final season with the Tribe, Capece and his soccer-style of kicking, helped lead the Seminoles to a 10-2 record and a trip to the Orange Bowl. In that 1980 season, Capece lead the team in scoring with 104 points and not a single blocked kick. Time and again he used his talented toe to help put away opponents. He was almost automatic when the team got inside midfield, making an amazing 22 of 30 field goal attempts and going a perfect 38-38 on extra points. His outstanding season earned him rave reviews from the scouts and a stint in the NFL.
“Not only may he be as good as there is in America, but he may be the best tackle to have ever played at Florida State.” Behind those words of Assistant Head Coach Chuck Amato, Alphonso “Chub” Carreker led the Seminole defensive line for practically his entire tenure at FSU. Following the likes of Hall of Famer Ron Simmons, Carreker became well known to opposing offensive lines, often being double or even triple-teamed. One of the hardest working players ever to play at Doak Campbell Stadium, he was an intense player and team leader who provided the Seminoles with inspiration and the drive to endure. Says Coach Bobby Bowden, “We have gotten everything from him we have asked for.” Today, Alphonso Carreker stands as a challenge to all Seminoles to live up to their potential.
An incredible 12-time All-American and two-time national champion, Michelle Finn was ranked among the top 10 sprinters in the United States. Finn holds the Florida State record for 100 meters and also boasts FSU’s two best times. In addition, she ran on the United States gold medal-winning 400 Meter Relay team in the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow. An international world-class athletes since her graduation from Florida State, Finn recently became the 1990 TAC/USA’s National Indoor Champion. Michelle Finn without question is one of the truly great women athletes to compete at Florida State.
PATRICK W. HOGAN
Although he finished his 33-year career at Florida State as a Vice President, Pat Hogan’s roots were in athletics and the Seminole sport program has always been his true love. Upon his retirement he was affectionately called the University’s Chief “Friend-Raiser.” But people in and around could have given him that tag as early as 1952 when he first stepped onto the FSU campus as a student, taking a job as an assistant in the Sports Information Office. While Florida State’s athletic program bounded from new-born to major college contender, Pat Hogan cultivated the public image and opened wide the FSU gates to a statewide press corps that for years had known only one college program. He literally set the standard for which all college SID’s strive. The student-athletes, coaches, administrators and colleagues from his days in the world of sports still fondly recall his friendliness, hard work and ability in the public relations field. During his climb to the Vice Presidency he never forgot his roots in FSU sports, helping the Seminole program virtually on a daily basis with his behind-the-scenes goodwill and thoughtfulness. Pat Hogan has truly been an invaluable cog in Florida State’s drive to national prominence.
A few months after Kenny Knox started playing golf at age nine, he knew this was the game for him. “I never though about anything else,” he says. A two-time All-American at Florida State, Knox won the 1977 Southeastern Amateur Championship his junior year with the Tribe. His dedication at Florida State led him all the way to becoming a winner on the PGA Tour. Knox went from winning Tallahassee’s Jim Lee Open the summer after his freshman year at Florida State to big time wins on the PGA Tour like the 1986 Honda Classic and the 1987 Hardee’s Golf Classic. In 1989 he brought in five top-ten PGA finishes. A resident of Tallahassee, Kenny Knox has never ventured far from home, returning to the city every time he has a break from the tour. He has opened several local businesses and is a frequent visitor to FSU athletic events. One of the most well-liked pros on the tour, Kenny Knox has made his city and his alma mater proud.
A world-class international athlete, Don Merrick came to Florida State from Seminole Community College. The national community college champion in the 100 and 220 yard dash, Merrick also ran with the United States team that toured China. While at Florida State he broke a world record in the 60 yard dash, set FSU’s record for the 100 meter dash at 10.0, co-held the school record for the 100 yard dash at 9.3. He also ran on the record-setting 4X100-meter relay team and won the 100-meter championship, amazing achievements in just two years with the Tribe. Don Merrick will go down as one of the greatest sprinters in Florida State history.
BARBARA JO PALMER
When Barbara Jo Palmer assumed her position as FSU’s Women’s Athletic Director in 1977, the total budget for the women’s program was $163,000. In just five years, Palmer raised that number to over one million dollars and gave FSU as strong a women’s program as any school in the country. Recalling her years spent with the Athletic Department, Palmer said, “When I started here, my goal was to have a program that could offer our talented female athletes the best educational and athletic experience possible. I believe that athletics is an integral part of education. It assists in the development of the total person. I firmly believe a quality education, such as FSU offers, combined with quality athletic experiences, prepares young women and men to confidently enter the challenges of society after college. I believe we have succeeded in attaining this goal.” Palmer achieved this goal and much more. Named in “Outstanding Young Women in America” and also a member of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. She went on to a stint in Governmental Relations at FSU and has long been held in the highest esteem both by the FSU community, her native Tallahassee and the State of Florida.
All-American Lisa Young-Walters led the Seminole Lady Golf Team from 1978-82. A third place finisher in the Seminoles AIAW National Championship, she finished only one stroke behind the winner. Young-Walters was also a medallist in several other collegiate events, breaking the individual tournament record. Joining the LPGA in 1983, she has been a consistent money winner. She finished on a strong note in 1989, collecting over half of her season’s earnings in the final three domestic events. Her 1987 season represents her best on the LPGA Tour. That year she earned five top-20 finishes, posted her career-best finish when she tied for third at the McDonald’s Championship and recorded her lowest LPGA scoring average. Lisa insured a long-standing relationship with FSU when she married former tour professional Maik Walters, a Florida State graduate and club pro at the Seminole Golf Course.
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Billy Parker.
From the time Billy Parker played on Florida State’s first basketball team in 1948, he has had an intense love for the university. Parker has been one of the greatest leaders of the Florida State athletic program. He has not only helped implement the Endowed Scholarship Program, the Affinity Marketing Program, and Basketball’s Tip-Off Club, but he was also the first Endowed Scholarship donor. Currently chairman of the Endowed Scholarship Committee, Parker is also co-chairman and a charter member of the Gold Chiefs. A member of the Seminole Boosters Board of Directors for 15 years, Billy Parker was chairman in 1986 and the first chairman to reside outside the Tallahassee area.
Perhaps no other individual has done so much in so many different areas than Clearwater’s Billy Parker. Through his efforts, Seminole athletics have moved from those formative years of the last 1940s to today’s major college giant.
One of the most exciting two-way performers for the Tribe from the mid to late 60s was T.K. Wetherell. As a sophomore, T.K. was the second leading receiver on the squad, hauling in 19 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown. He also returned five kickoffs for another 194 yards. His junior year, Wetherell had a touchdown-kickoff return against Miami that was one of the highlights of the ’66 season. It was the second time he and Bill Moreman had pulled a lateral playing resulting in a kickoff return for a touchdown. He also had a touchdown reception against Wyoming in the Sun Bowl. On the year, he caught 16 passes for 215 yards, returned one punt for 36 yards. On defense, T.K. finished out his senior season with the Seminoles with three interceptions for 65 yards and ten punt returns for 18 yards. Today, he continues to serve Florida State as an avid fan and booster. He also represents his current alma mater well on the state level as he is the current speaker of the state of Florida House of Representatives. T.K. Wetherell’s accomplishments both on and off the field make him an outstanding member of Florida State’s Hall of fame and recipient of the prestigious Moore-Stone Award.
Collen Walker has proven to be one of the most successful golfers in Lady Seminole history. Tabbed most valuable player at Florida State in 1977 and ’78, Walker was a catalyst in leading her team to a national collegiate championship. She joined the LPGA in 1982 and captured her first LPGA title at the 1987 Mayflower Classic. One of the most consistent players on the Tour, she has claimed 25 top-ten finishes and 28 top-20 finishes since joining. In 1990 alone, Walker won the Circle K LPGA Tucson Open, tied for second in the Sara Lee Classic, finished fifth in the Nabisco Dinah Shore Classic, tied for sixth in the McDonald’s Championship and recorded 14 additional top-20 finishes. Following the McDonald’s Championship, Colleen became only the 21st LPGA player to reach the $1 million mark in career earnings. Additionally, Colleen’s consistency has placed her in the LPGA record books in several categories. She’s posted a string of seven consecutive rounds in the 60s, setting an all-time LPGA record, and also led the Tour in birdies (325), rounds under par (55) and rounds in the 60s.
“Jamie Dukes wears T-shirts the size of pup tents. His shoulders could be used to park a helicopter. His legs look like they’re pilings on loan from the Sunshine Skyway. Jamie Dukes is, as you might guessed by now, large.” That’s how a St. Pete Times sportswriter described Florida State’s fifth consensus All-American, offensive guard Jamie Dukes. And large he was, in stature and in spirit. Leading FSU’s offensive line from 1982-85, Jamie started every single game over those four years, 48 total games. And behind the lead of Dukes over the course of those four years, the Seminoles finished in the top ten nationally in scoring offense, rushing offense, and total offense. His All-American honors could almost fill a page of their own in Florida State record books. His senior year, he received almost every All-American honor available including Walter Camp, Football Writers, UPI, AP, Football news and NCAA Consensus. Following his illustrious career with Florida State, Dukes signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent in 1986 and has been a stalwart on the NFL club ever since.
One of Florida State’s most proficient pass receivers was Tallahassee’s native Mike Shumann. Hailing from the same high school that produced Hall of Famers Jimmy Jordan and Wally Woodham, Shumann set records for pass receptions and yardage gained during his years at Florida State, 1973-75 and ’77. His best years at Florida State was ’74 when he grabbed 43 for 515 yards. In ’75 he topped that yardage gained, bringing in 38 passes for 730 yards. Returning in ’77 after a one year absence, he finished his senior year with the Tribe as the second leading receiver with 33 receptions for 701 yards. For his career, Shumann had 134 receptions for 2,306 yards and 16 touchdowns. Those total ranks second, third, and sixth, respectively, on the all-time Seminole receiving lists. His efforts earned him first team All-South Independent honors. Following his career with Florida State, Shumann singed with the San Francisco Forty Niners as a free agent in 1978 and remained with the club for three years, and he played in the Super Bowl game against Cincinnati in 1981.
When John Crowe came to Florida State in the fall of 1965, he came as a football, baseball, basketball and track star. He also came as the top student from his high school class, with a 3.9 cumulative average. During his years with Florida State, he further developed his outstanding athletic and academic abilities, quarterbacking the defensive secondary and leading the way in the classroom. A big play man, Crowe was one of the hardest hitters on the team and was acclaimed the best safety in Florida State history. His junior and senior years with the Tribe, John did his best to live up to that accolade. His junior year he recovered a fumble in the Texas A&M game to set up the winning touchdown, leading Florida State to its first victory of the season. He finished his senior year with 104 total tackles, an incredible total for a defensive back, and five interceptions. John Crowe’s hard-hitting style started a Florida State tradition of producing some of the hardest hitting safeties in the game.
Nicknamed “Tree” by his teammates, 6-10 Whiteville, North Carolina, native Reggie Royals was one of Florida State basketball’s most proficient players. His play was vital to Florida State’s most successful basketball season ever – – a season that led to the NCAA national championship in 1972. His name dots the record book in almost every category. For his career, Reggie had 1,006 rebounds, placing him in the number two spot all-time. Additionally, Royals is in tenth place in the FSU Point Club with 1,402 career points scored. On top of those two outstanding records, Royal’s name can be seen under the categories of career assists with 202 and career field goals made with 580. In the single season category, Royals is a member of the esteemed 500 point club, as he scored more than 500 points in his 1971-72 season. Finally, Royals also held a single game record of 35 points and 15 field goals made in a game against UC-Irvine during the 1970-71 season.
An outstanding pitcher on one of Florida State’s earliest baseball teams, Tony Avitable led the Tribe in 1955 and ’56. With a fast ball in the 90s and a great curve ball, Tony’s record with the Seminoles was 10-1. He pitched two one-hitters and struck out 135 batters in 95 2/3 innings. Twenty-four of those batters were struck out in one game, against Furman in 1956, giving Avitable the Florida State record for strikeouts in a game. That FSU record also stood as an NCAA record for 17 years until broken in 1973. Additionally, Avitable was the pitcher in FSU’s first NCAA regional appearance. He threw one of his two-hitters in that game vs. Duke, coming out on top 2-1. Following that performance, Tony was named to the NCAA All-Region team. During his junior year with the Tribe, Avitable signed with the Kansas City Royals and spent three seasons with the club, bringing Florida State baseball greatness to the professional level.
Seminole pitching great Gene Ammann threatened opposing batters from 1968-70. His final season with the Tribe, although only his junior season, was his most successful. That 1970 season, Ammann appeared in 17 games, starting contests, two of which came in the 1970 College World Series. Gene made his way into the FSU record books with the fewest losses in a season, and that 15-0 mark is a record that still stands. Additionally, Gene pitched an NCAA record eight shutouts and the first eight innings of a ninth early in the season. He had one string of 41 1/3 scoreless innings and another of 29 and pitched a no-hitter, the second of his career, in a 7-0 victory over South Florida. Those strong performances earned him an ERA of .66, still in the record books as the lowest ERA in a season. Ammann also claims the lower career ERA with an average of 1.45 over his three years. Following his junior year with the Tribe, Gene was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, continuing the tradition of Florida State athletes moving on to the professional level.
JEFF A. LEDBETTER
When Jeff Ledbetter was a freshman pitcher and outfielder at Florida State in 1979, he blasted 13 homeruns. Four years later, he had racked up 97. Each of his four years with the Tribe were very successful, but to say that Jeff had a “successful” year in 1982 would be the understatement of all time. During his senior year, Jeff, nicknamed “Treetops” for his prestigious blasts into the pine trees behind the right field wall at Seminole Field, set varsity records in almost every category available. In addition, he placed himself in NCAA record books for homeruns in a season (42), homeruns in a career (97), homeruns in a game (4), RBIs in a career (346), most total bases in a season (273) and most total bases in a career (346). Ledbetter capped off that outstanding 1982 season by being named All-Metro, All-Metro Tournament, Metro Player of the Year, All-American, and Sporting News Player of the Year. Drafted in the first round by the Boston Red Sox, Jeff spent three years with the organization. Today, many of his records still stand in FSU and NCAA record books as a challenge to current and future sluggers.
A twenty-one time NCAA All-American, Concord, Ontario, native Marita Payne was one of Florida State University’s most prolific runners. Even before her senior year at Florida State she was the fastest runner ever in the Western Hemisphere at the 400 meter, achieving that mark (50.06) at the World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in August 1983. She bettered that mark running 49.91 in 1984 to claim the NCAA championship, her second in that event for Florida State. Additionally, Payne won national championships as part of relay teams in the 1981 indoor 800 and 1600 meter relays, the 1983 outdoor 400 and 1600 meter relays and the 1984 outdoor 400 meter and one mile relays. In addition to those accolades, Marita was also an Olympic medal winner. After claiming fourth place in the 400 meter, she won silver medals in the 400 meter and 1600 meter relays in the 1984 summer Olympics. Her Florida State ties run deep as she is married to former Seminole basketball great Mitchell Wiggins.
One of Florida State’s foremost members of the Physical Education department was Ken Miller. From 1949-77, Ken touched every aspect of the athletic department, serving as professor, coach, and acting athletic director. A physical education professor for his entire 28 years, Ken also served as chairman of the department for thirteen years. Additionally, Miller was Florida State’s first men’s track and field coach from 1949-54 and led the men’s team to its first ever victory over both Georgia and Georgia Tech in the same season. And this he did not only once but twice, in 1953 and ’54. But Miller’s coaching career did not stop there. He also coached the women’s track and field team from1971-74. In addition to his professorial and coaching duties, Ken served the university as acting athletic director in 1957. And since retiring in 1977, he has remained an active part of the athletic department. With a track record of service this outstanding, Ken Miller is a fitting addition to Florida State University’s athletic Hall of Fame.
DR. RAY BELLAMY
On of the truly outstanding “student-athletes” ever to attend Florida State University, Dr. Ray Bellamy continues to represent his alma mater with pride and dignity. Dr. Bellamy will go down as one of the more consistent and outstanding tennis players in the history of the school. He was the captain of the tennis team and No. 1 player in 1960 and 1961, his junior and senior years. He lost only three matches during that two-year span.
Ray was a model student and athlete during his undergraduate years of 1957-61. While pursuing rigorous pre-medical studies he was also a strong campus leader. He was vice president of his senior class, a member of the Gold Key Honorary Society and ODK Honorary Society. In addition Ray was president of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Dr. Bellamy went on from Florida State to serve as a flight surgeon in the United States Navy and continued his fine tennis career. He was an All-Navy doubles champion and played on the All-Navy team in 1967 and ’68.
After returning the state of Florida to begin his practice, Dr. Bellamy became the state 35 and older singles and doubles champion during the 1970s. Dr. Ray Bellamy stands as a shining example to those who seek to get the most from both athletics and academics.
Chic Cicio has been an enthusiastic leader for physical fitness for 40 years. A perfectionist in gymnastics, he always led by doing. In his years at Florida State University, he led the Seminoles by winning many championships, including the 1956 National AAU Free Exercise Competition and placed first in vaulting in an International meet against Cuba. He was a runner-up in free exercise events at the National AAU Meet in 1957 where he came in sixth in the All-Around Event.
In regional meets, Chic was the Southern Intercollegiate All-Around Champion in 1956 and in the Florida AAU meet he won five first places and was the All-Around Champion. Cicio was a gymnastics All-American and has been inducted into the National Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Cicio has always been a coach. As a student he was an assistant coach to his teammates, an important contributor to the youth in Florida State University’s nationally known Gymkana Program. Later as a Counselor/Coach in Dade County Public Schools he instructed swimmers and divers as well as gymnasts. After college, Cicio stayed in good enough shaped to win third place in the Free Exercise Event in the 1967 National Professional Gymnastics Tournament.
Well rounded, he won the “Most Muscular Man” trophy in the Mr. Florida contest of 1958 while representing Florida State University. As a senior, in 1959 he was runner-up in the “Mr. South” bodybuilding championships, found time to perform in several musical productions and was featured at FSU football games as Sammy Seminole.
Consistency and control were the marks of former Florida State pitching great Jeff Gray, currently one of the top relievers in the American League.
After four years with the Seminoles, Gray signed with the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 1984. In 1990, Gray emerged as the top reliever in the Boston Red Sox organization, leading the major league club in its stretch drive for the AL East title.
Gray came to Seminole territory in 1981 as a high school All-American and quickly made a name for himself by pitching well in big games. Gray posted a 3-1 mark in 10 appearances as a freshman and won a career-best nine games in 1983. In his four year stint, Gray won 28 games for the Seminoles.
The right-hander was selected to the Metro Conference all-tournament team in 1983, picking up the win in the championship game against Tulane. During that year, Gray blanked defending national champion Miami 5-0.
Referred to as one of the nation’s best “little men” during his tenure at Florida State, 5-7 Otto Petty led FSU to its only Final Four appearance in 1972.
Petty not only brought the Seminoles his great ball-handling wizardry, he also contributed his charismatic spark on the basketball court. A three-year letterman at FSU, Petty seemed to have a sixth sense of knowing when and where to put the ball.
He put the ball in the right guy’s hands 602 times during his career and still holds the all-time assist record at Florida State. Petty’s 227 assists during the 1970-71 stands as the school record for assists in a season. He also holds the school record for assists in a game, handing out 16 in a game with South Alabama in 1972. Not to be forgotten in that season was Florida State’s march through the NCAA tournament – a sting a victims over Minnesota, Kentucky, and eventually North Carolina in the National semi-final game. A string which landed Petty and the shocking Seminoles on the cover of Sport Illustrated.
Petty’s eminent talent and achievement are still honored today. He is unquestionably one of the best point guards to ever attend Florida State.
Jody Reed stands as one of the great all-around baseball players ever to attend Florida State University. After working his way through the minor league system, Reed has been a mainstay in the Boston Red Sox infield for the past five years.
A transfer from Manatee Community College, Reed was drafted twice before he stepped on the field at Florida State. He was a two-year starter at shortstop for the Seminoles, leading FSU to a pair of Metro Conference Tournament titles.
“If there is one factor you can credit to the success of our club, it’s the addition of Jody Reed,” FSU Head Coach Mike Martin said of Reed during the 1983 season.
Reed was an All-South Regional selection in 1983 and Metro Conference MYP in 1984. In 1983, Reed led the club in runs scored (97), doubles (23), walks (68) and stolen bases (31). With Reed at short, FSU turned a school-record 88 double plays.
Drafted in the seventh round by the Boston Red Sox, Reed immediately began his climb to the major leagues. He continues to live the game, fastly becoming Florida State’s most recognized major leaguer.
William M. “Billy” Rhodes, Jr. is still one of the highest drafted offensive lineman to come out of Florida State. A fourth round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969, Rhodes played in the 1969 Senior Bowl and is considered one of the best lineman ever to attend Florida State.
During his four years, 1965-68, Rhodes played for legendary FSU Head Coach Bill Peterson. He lettered on three teams that went to bowl games, the 1966 Sun Bowl, the 1967 Gator Bowl, and the 1968 Peach Bowl. He was one of only two Seminoles, the other being Ron Sellers, to play in the 1969 Senior Bowl.
Rhodes was picked by Bill McGrotha to the all-time FSU football team. Longtime Seminole line coach Bob Harrison’s lists Rhodes as one of the toughest and best lineman to play for him. He has continued his involvement and support for Florida State over the years. Rhodes has been a Seminole Booster and Tomahawk Club member, always available to give help and support at any time.
The Eustis, Florida native has been a very successful business and family man. He continues to be a tribute to his alma mater just as he was as a player and student.
DR. BERNARD SLIGER
They called him “Bernie” and that in itself may tell you something about the man who served as Florida State University’s President from 1976 through his retirement in 1991. Marvelously effective as a leader and universally popular as a human being, Dr. Bernard F. Sliger guided FSU through 15 years of unprecedented growth and achievement.
It was not a coincidence that Florida State’s athletic fortunes exploded during Sliger’s tenure as President. Always a proponent of a strong athletic program and its place among college campus life, Bernie brought in strong administrators and pushed for coaches that not only knew how to win, but could win with integrity. So sound was Sliger’s philosophy regarding college athletics that he became one of the prime national movers in setting standards and giving direction from his position on the prestigious NCAA Council. H e was the presidential point-man during the most recent push for reform in college sports.
Under Sliger’s leadership Florida State’s women’s sports programs began to flourish and non-revenue sports programs began making a national impact. During Sliger’s tenure Florida State baseball teams went to 14 regional tournaments and five College World Series. FSU basketball enjoyed six NCAA Tournament trips and twice went to the NIT.
But Bernie’s pride and joy had to be FSU Football, which he saw rise to the absolute pinnacle of the sport. Thirteen bowl games in his 15 years bringing 11 championships. An unprecedented nine straight bowl games without a loss and four consecutive top four national finishes marked the end of his tenure.
And as Sliger bade farewell he left a final legacy for the ages. For under his hand, Florida State University abandoned its independent status and aligned itself with the nation’s most highly-regarded academic and athletic conference, the ACC.
Dr. Bernie Sliger will be remembered for many, many things as time goes by, but he’ll certainly remain most dear to those who follow and support FSU athletics.
BILL “RED” DAWSON
The “…big redhead (who) could be one of the best in the country,” said his head coach, Bill Peterson, was recruited out of Valdosta High School in southern Georgia. A two-time all state performer, Dawson was also a member of two state championship teams from the tradition-rich football school.
The FSU coaching staff wasted little time going after the scrappy country kid who played both sides of the ball. Dawson enrolled at The Florida State University weighing 170 lbs. soaking wet. By his senior season, however, Dawson had exploded to a monstrous 6’3″, 220 lbs.
Settling in at the tight end position, Dawson became a premier player for the Seminoles. He hauled in 34 aerials for 416 yards and three touchdowns during the “Fred Biletnikoff-era” at FSU.
When he was not a receiving threat, Dawson was very much a blocking threat. He had the grit to dispose of any defensive pass rushers who dared challenge.
A respected quality was his role of a team General. Coach Peterson described him as ,”…one of the best team leaders I have ever been associated with. When “Red” spoke, his teammates listened.”
Dawson was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams as a junior in 1963. But professional football had to wait a year when he decided to remain a student – and a part of Seminole football.
Dawson co-captained the 1964 Seminoles with Biletnikoff. That Florida State team stifled their cross-state rivals, the Florida Gators, 16-7. It was an unprecedented victory forever ending the University of Florida’s reign as the state’s dominant football program.
“Red” Dawson enjoyed his final triumph as a Seminole in the 1965 Gator Bowl against the University of Oklahoma, 36-19. Soon after, Dawson slipped off into the professional ranks with the Boston Patriots.
He became an assistant coach at Marshall University following his retirement from professional football. He later went on to serve as the school’s acting head football coach.
LUIS R. ALICEA
Alicea arrived to The Florida State University in the summer of 1983 from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. His first conquest came not on the playing field, but against an English-speaking environment to which his Latin ears and tongue were not accustomed. He took on intense lingual courses, spending nights in his room, learning the English language.
Once inside the confines of Dick Howser Stadium, however, the all-star second baseman/shortstop was “home” again. As a freshman, Alicea set a school record with a 27-game hitting streak and led the team in triples. His Seminole team won a Metro Conference Championship while Alicea won a spot on Baseball America’s Freshman All-American team.
The switch-hitting sophomore continued to blossom throughout his second season. He averaged .325 and crossed home plate 100 times in 116 hits. His swift speed-of-foot allowed him 26 stolen bases.
In 1986 the quiet confidence behind Alicea’s ever-present smile spoke loudly – “All-American.” Batting .392 and bringing home 73 base runners, Alicea’s eight homerun junior season was his finest. Pro scouts hailed him as the nation’s premier collegiate 2nd baseman. His speed, style, and hand/foot quickness rated high on the scouting evaluations.
Alicea won the South II Regional MVP award en route to FSU’s appearance in the ’86 College World Series. While the Seminoles fell one game short of a national championship, Alicea was named to the CWS All-Tournament team.
He was the only CWS player chosen during the first round of the ’86 draft. The St. Louis Cardinals made him their #1 choice and 23rd overall selection.
Carlos Fraundorfer’s athleticism was too much for just sport at Florida State. He shared his athletic talent with the football, basketball, and track and field teams. It was with track and field, however, that Fraundorfer ran, threw, and jumped his way into the annals of athletic history at Florida State.
As captain of the track team Fraundorfer held school records in four different events. He excelled in the 100 and 440 yard dashes, sprint medley, mile relay and 880 yard relay.
When he stepped inside the track, Fraundorfer grabbed yet more records. He set such unprecedented marks as, “most points scored in a season,” shot put (48’4″) and discus throw (146’4″), as well as, long jump (23’3 ?”).
He received his degree from Florida State University in Education. In 1976, he earned a Masters degree in Education Administration and Supervision. Today, Fraundorfer is still very involved in both education and athletics. A teacher in the Hillsborough County school system, Fraundorfer has filled vacant gaps in his teaching schedule by coaching football, basketball, and his beloved track/cross country.
Still competitive, Fraundorfer has gone on to win several Masters National Championships in the hammer throw. In 1992, he was inducted into the State of Florida Hall of Fame.
The Dutchman from Eindhoven, the Netherlands came to Florida State University in the Fall of 1986. With no intercollegiate tennis in his native homeland, Haarhuis began his career at tiny Armstrong State in Savannah, Georgia.
He breezed through two years of competition at the school (64-2) before transferring to Florida State. His last season at Armstrong State, Haarhuis posted an unblemished 35-0 record. His addition to the Florida State roster elevated the Seminoles to a higher level of competitiveness.
His inaugural season with the Seminoles, Haarhuis went 35-5 in singles competition and 25-5 in doubles play. His winning the first ever Men’s Intercollegiate Invitational Tennis Championships in Panama City, Florida was a tennis shot heard round the nation.
At one point, Haarhuis had 24 consecutive wins. He concluded his junior season by winning MVP honors in the Metro Conference Tournament. He took both the number one singles crown and, with teammate Henner Lenhardt, the doubles title. Haarhuis and Lenhardt were rewarded with an invitation to the NCAA Tennis Championships doubles play.
Victories over several pros during the Summer of 1987 in Holland proved a successful glimpse into Haarhuis’ tennis future.
He became the fist men’s tennis player from Florida State to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships since Joey Rive.
When Haarhuis’ Florida State career ended, he had built a 72-9 record over two years. Each year saw him named the Metro Conference Tournament MVP and make it to the NCAA Tennis Championships.
Since turning pro in 1988, Haaruis has defeated some of the world’s best tennis players as Boris Becker and four-time U.S. Open Champion, John McEnroe.
An imposing 6-5, 215 pound right hander from Short Hills, N.J., Loynd was blessed with an illusive curveball and a very lethal slider. Most will remember Loynd as a fiery, self-assured hurler for the Seminoles. A day at the park for Loynd usually meant stalking around the mound, gritting his teach, fists clinched and giving opposing batters glowering stares.
As a freshman, Loynd led all Seminole pitchers in victories with 12 while striking out 79 batters. Showing the poise to excel at the collegiate level, Loynd possessed ferocious intensity and concentration on the mound.
After a 13-4 sophomore season and 113 strikeouts, the young Loynd was selected as an alternate on the U.S. Olympic baseball team.
During his junior season with the ‘Noles, Loynd went on a school record tear. By the time the season’s final out was completed, Loynd had set school records for wins in a season (20) and career (42), and for strike outs in a season (183) and career (377). His 20 wins tied an NCAA record and made him the winningest pitcher in all of college baseball for 1986.
Loynd became the 10th recipient of the Golden Spikes Award considered the “Heisman trophy” of college baseball. He was named “Pitcher of the Year” by Baseball America for 1986 and won MVP honors in the Metro Conference Tournament. He was named to the all-tournament and All-South II Region teams en route to the College World Series where his FSU team finished #2 in the nation.
He left FSU after his junior year with a career record of 45-10 (.880 avg.) and 377 strike outs in less than 396 innings of work. He is remembered as the pitcher who, after striking out his 16th batter in one game, yelled to the team’s dugout, “Next!”
It took Loynd only six weeks once he departed Tallahassee to continue his winning ways for the Texas Rangers. In his first major league game, Loynd ended a Rangers seven-game losing streak by beating the Cleveland Indians and future Hall of Famer, Phil Nekro.
AL Makowiecki was one of those tough, rugged athletes from the Tom Nugent-era of Seminole football. The 6’2″, 215 lbs. Monaca, Pennsylvania native was an outstanding two-way player for the Tribe.
Playing both offensive and defensive tackle during the 1953-54 season, Makowiecki climaxed an incredible career when he was named captain of the 8-4 Seminoles in their 1954 Sun Bowl appearance.
Vic Prinzi, Burt Reynolds and other Seminole running backs gave “Big Al” much of the credit for making defensive debris of would-be tacklers. His ability to clear the way enabled Seminole backs to run wild in Doak Campbell Stadium.
His former head coach, Tom Nugent, regards Makowiecki as having the gift of “great leadership.” Nugent credited him as a premier player on both sides of the ball.
Said former athletic director and assistant coach at Florida State, Vaughn Mancha, “I’ve coached many great linemen and Al was one of the best. If a ball carrier stayed in bounds big Makowiecki would have a piece of him.”
Makowiecki received acclaim for his play in 1954, earning “All-State” and “All-American” honors.
After graduating from FSU, Makowiecki served two years in the U.S. Army. After which, he returned to pro football playing three years with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. In 1991 he was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Since the early beginnings of Florida State’s football program, Al Makowiecki, is still regarded as a “big-time” Seminole.
The 5’11”, 185 lbs. speedster from Albany, GA took little time in dismantling all competition for the defensive back at Florida State. Soon after freshman Bobby Jackson set foot on the Seminole practice fields he claimed his starting position.
Jackson’s speed and quickness blended dangerously with an appetite for aggressive hitting. His excellent hands and an outstanding knack for coverage receivers one-on-one made Jackson an immovable object in the defensive secondary.
As a freshman he picked off two aerials, while moonlighting as the Tribe’s leading punt-returner, slipped through defenders for 182 yards and one touchdown on 10 returns.
A d?j? vu sophomore season saw Jackson not only lead the Seminoles again in punt returns, but also led the team in interceptions with five.
During a solid senior season in 1977, Bobby Jackson broke the Seminoles’ career interception record at that time (eight) with a total of 10. He also helped the Tribe end a nine-year string of losses to their intra-state nemesis, the University of Florida, by soundly thumping the Gators, 37-9.
The NFL finally did what no one else at Florida State could – separate Jackson from his defensive back position. Jackson went on to become a successful eight-year veteran for the New York Jets.
SYDE PATRICK DEEB
Syde Deeb’s home was the beautiful southern of Tallahassee, Florida. Born and raised in the community decorated with thick oaks dripping of Spanish moss, Syde cared deeply for Tallahassee, The Florida State University and the people who were a part of it.
A graduate of Leon High School and the University of Florida, Deeb is remembered for his gracious generosity toward The Florida State University. He was a true philanthropist whose charitable contributions were wide-ranging.
He endowed a one million dollar chair to the Political Science school along with establishing a memorial scholarship at FSU for his late son, Joseph. In addition, Deeb gave substantially to the Center Treatment Center in Tallahassee.
Syde Deeb was a charter member of the FSU Alumni Association Century Club. In 1966 he was selected as one of the first “Friends of Florida State University,” an award bestowed by FSU students to those who have made major contributions to their university.
Deeb’s generosity was felt on the campus of Florida A&M, as well, with donations to that university’s scholarship fund. In 1973 his financial contribution helped FSU initiate construction of a new athletic facility.
Deeb’s interest in athletics was evident around his beloved Tallahassee. He served as President and Director of Seminole Boosters. He was also a member of the Gator Bowl Committee. For three decades he personally financed trips for the entire Leon High School football team and coaches to Gator Bowl games.
Syde Deeb’s friendship knew no boundaries and included the likes of governors, university personnel, state officials…and especially FSU coaches and players.
Charlie Armstrong was a true pioneer in Florida State athletics. An Army Corps veteran and outstanding football player on Indiana’s Big 10 Championship of 1946, Armstrong was hired by Don Veller as Florida State’s first assistant coach in the spring of 1948. Besides his football duties, Charlie was also named FSU’s first ever baseball coach. Armstrong led the Noles to winning records in each of their first four baseball seasons (1948-51).
During Charlie’s four years on the football staff, the Noles won 30 of 34 games. Coach Don Veller gives Charlie much credit for the team’s first football success which culminated in FSU’s first bowl win against Wofford College in the 1949 Cigar Bowl.
Armstrong was called back into the military service in 1951. He went on to coach winning programs at several high schools following his retirement from the military in 1970.
Charlie and Millie, his wife of 47 years, live in Tallahassee and have four children and ten grandchildren.
At the age of 10 Barbara Bunkowsky picked up a golf club and met her destiny. Twelve years later, the Burlington, Ontario native would leave Florida State as one of its finest golfers ever.
Bunkowsky’s performance in the team’s first national championship is still talked about in Tallahassee golfing circles. Barbara shot even par in the last round of the AIAW National Championship in Athens, GA. Her efforts were even more dramatic as she birdied the final five holes to seal the championship. The victory was a record fifth tournament win for the Lady Seminoles in 1981.
Barbara made a quick impact on the LPGA Tour picking up her first tournament win at the Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Classic in only her second professional season. Bunkowsky is now in her 11th season with the LPGA and ranks among the top 30 money winners on the Tour.
All George McCloud needed was a change. The arrival of Pat Kennedy as head basketball coach at Florida State was just what he needed. With an unusual switch from forward to point guard, McCloud became one of the finest players in FSU basketball history.
After posting only average numbers is his first two seasons, McCloud, a 6’6″ native of Daytona Beach, Florida, would blossom his junior season and become one of the nation’s top scorers leading the Seminoles t back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
McCloud was twice named to the All-Metro Conference team and earning Most Valuable Player honors as a senior following the 1988-89 season. George would finish his career as the Seminoles’ second all-time leading scorer and as a finalist for the John Wooden Award which recognizes the nation’s top player.
A lottery pick by the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, McCloud enjoyed several outstanding seasons with the Pacers and currently continues his professional career.
Middle linebacker Paul McGowan forged a name for himself with consistent play and ferocious tackling that eventually distinguished him as Florida State’s first Butkus Award winner.
McGowan, a native of Winter Park, FL was a terror for four seasons in the Seminole defense from 1984-87. While fans cheered his ability to stop ballcarriers with bone-jarring tackles, coaches marveled at his sound fundamentals and dependability.
McGowan would mold an emerging Florida State defense into one of the country’s most feared units, leading the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons. His 14 tackle performance against Nebraska as a sophomore brought Associated Press player of the week honors to a young McGowan who proceeded to become one of the finest defenders in the nation.
When Paul McGowan accepted the Butkus Trophy signifying the nation’s top linebacker, he became the first Seminole to take home a national award. He ushered in an era that saw FSU’s defense join the offense in national stature.
If there was a quintessential athlete, a guy everybody wants, someone who is so unique that his nearly indescribable, then that athlete would be Deion Sanders.
Deion proved from the start at Florida State he would be something special. As a freshman, Sanders started in the Seminoles’ secondary, played outfield on the baseball team which finished 5th in the nation, and led the track team to its 10th conference championship.
A two-time All-American at cornerback, Sanders was the 1988 Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s finest defensive back. He led the Seminoles to some of their most memorable wins including picking off an Auburn pass with seconds left to preserve a win over the Tigers in the 1988 Sugar Bowl.
Deion was drafted as a professional by both the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball. Sanders continued to play two sports earning him All-Pro honors with the Falcons and becoming a superstar in centerfield for the Braves, and now for the Reds.
An extraordinary athlete, Deion Sanders is around it’s always “Prime Time.”
Ron Schomburger seemed destined to succeed from his earliest days at Florida State. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was a standout player for a fledging FSU football program that would evolve into one of the nation’s finest.
A three sport high school star and Army veteran, Schomburger came to FSU in 1954. His aggressive style and indomitable will were immediately evident. Tom Nugent, the Seminole head coach at the time, described him, as a “tough, complete package.” A starter both offensively and defensively, Ron was named to the all-state as well as several All-American teams after his senior season.
Schomburger was equally exceptional as a student earning membership on the Collegiate All-American Academic Team, the FSU men’s leadership honor society and Gold Key.
Ron was drafted by the Washington Redskins but elected to go into the paper business later known as UNIJAX. After 33 years of service, Ron and his wife Annella enjoy Seminole action with their three children and two grandchildren.
Few athletes have had as stored and successful a career at Florida State and beyond than Roger Slater. A diver and swimmer in the Navy, Slater was recruited by FSU Coach BIM Stults in 1948 and become a one-man swimming gold mine.
Roger won All-State low board diving honors three straight years and was an All-American swimmer and boxing champion in high school. Slater came to Florida State where he became famous for his half-gainer twist with a layout, and forward one-and-one half somersault pike with a full twist. So dominant was Slater that he finished his intercollegiate career undefeated. In 1950, Slater became FSU’s first All-American in any sport earning the title in one-meter diving, completing his pre-med degree.
Slater excelled academically as well, completing his pre-med degree in just three years. After attending Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Slater now lives in Blythe, California where he has practiced medicine for 34 years.
Mitchell Wiggins, an All-American and Florida State’s career scoring leader, made his mark at FSU in just two short seasons. The North Carolina native came to Florida State via McDonnell Junior College where he was a junior college All-American.
As a junior in 1982, his first season at FSU, Wiggins averaged 23.8 points per game to become the school’s first Metro Conference scoring champion. He averaged just under 10 rebounds per contest, the best mark in the country for a guard. Wiggins represented Florida State while touring with the United States national team in the summer of 1982.
A first round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers in 1983, Wiggins was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he spent five of his six NBA seasons. He also played for the Golden State Warriors and Seattle Supersonics, averaging over 10 points per game in his NBA career.
Wiggins is still enjoying his professional career overseas in Europe.
WELDON “BABE” STARRY
The Florida State University Athletic Department Presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Weldon “Babe” Starry.
Weldon “Babe” Starry made as strong a contribution to Florida State as any athlete though he never completed in a single event. A graduate of the University of Florida and Cumberland University Law School, Starry set his sights on a political career.
Starry’s career took off quickly as he was elected Chief Clerk of the Florida House of Representatives in 1935 and then appointed a Special Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in 1936. A commitment towards community and civic projects motivated Starry to establish the Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 designed to promote business development in the Tallahassee community.
“Babe” became an avid Florida State booster and furnished the Starry Conference Room in the FSU School of Business. He served three terms as the President of the Seminole Booster Club.
This spirit of giving will never be forgotten in Tallahassee.
When Monk Bonasorte came to Florida State in 1977, he was a fifth-string walk-on with virtually no shot at playing time. When his college career was over, the defensive back had etched his name in FSU football history.
After a solid sophomore campaign in 1978 with 72 tackles and three interceptions, Bonasorte stepped into the spotlight. Bonasorte starred on one of the toughest defenses in FSU history and led the nation in interceptions for the majority of his junior season in 1979. The Pittsburgh, PA native finished with eight interceptions, which ranked fourth in the nation and set a new Florida State record.
With four interceptions in his senior season, Bonasorte set the FSU career mark with fifteen. Both his season and career interception record stood for eleven years.
Bonasorte enjoyed a brief pro career and served as an assistant coach in the USFL before settling in Tallahassee.
Davy “Point Man” Cappelen was the starting place kicker and leading scorer at Florida State from 1976-79. The four-year letterman was a team leader who made kicking accomplishments seem effortless.
Cappelen broke FSU’s career scoring record against Florida his junior year. As a senior, he scored 70 points, converting 14 of 22 field goals and 28 of 29 extra points. In 1979 against South Carolina, Cappelen connected on 4 of 4 field goal attempts, which included a kick of 51 yards. His four-year scoring total of 250 points is now third on FSU’s all-time list. Cappelen was named to the All-Independent Team in both his junior and senior years.
Cappelen signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and later with the New Orleans Saints, but injuries cut short his kicking career. Cappelen began teaching and coaching at the high school level with the same commitment he did as a player and is achieving the same kind of success.
JIM CASTEEL, JR.
Jim Casteel was the finest recipient of a full track and field scholarship at Florida State. Casteel wrote the track record book after his arrival in 1954.
As a freshman, Casteel was unbeaten in the 44- and tied a school record with at time of 49.5 seconds.
Upon his return form the military in 1957, Jim picked up where he left off and led the Seminoles to a team championship in the Florida Relays. The 1958 squad was one of the best in FSU’s history breaking 20 school records and tying two. Casteel, now a junior, was an outstanding point producer on the team with 90.25 total, setting two records himself including a 47.0 in the 440 and was a member of the relay team that set two other marks. His 440 record stood for 17 years. Casteel was named Outstanding Athlete his senior year in numerous events after a stellar season.
Jim and his wife, Eleanor, reside in Flowery Branch, Georgia. They are proud parents of two sons, James Mitchell and Ronald Keith.
Julie Larsen-Baker was one of FSU’s all-time greatest softball players and one of the finest athletes in school history. Larsen’s power pitching style led the Lady Seminoles to their first ever top twenty ranking in 1986. But for a player of Larsen’s drive and determination a national ranking was not nearly enough. The following year she led Florida State to its first appearance in the fast pitch College World Series.
The California native had one of the most successful softball careers in Lady Seminole history and helped to launch Florida State into national prominence where it remains today. Larsen’s career totals include a school record 834 strikeouts, 12 no hitters, 6 perfect games, and an amazing 50 shutouts.
Following her standout athletic career at Florida State, Larsen married Seminole Assistant Baseball Coach Chip Baker in a memorable ceremony at home plate between games of a double-header on May 7, 1997 at Dick Howser Stadium.
Mike Kowalski was one of the most successful swimmers in Florida State history. Kowalski was the finest Seminole two-time All-America in swimming since the early 1960s.
Kowalski was the team MVP and captain in his junior and senior year. Before his career at Florida State was over, the Michigan native had broken records in the 100 Free Style, 100 Backstroke, 400 Free Style Relay and 400 Medley. Mike combined with Dan Akre, Brian Jones and Pablo Morales to win a national championship in the 4 X 100 medley relays at the United States Swimming Long Course National Championships.
After leaving Florida State with a degree in Business Administration, Mike had one dream left to participate in the Olympics. In the summer of 1988 he qualified for the 50-meter free style and 100 meter backstroke swimming events. He finished 12th in the 100 meter backstroke, setting the world’s best time at 50 meters and placing him 30th in the world’s ranking.
In the business work, he is now CEO of the largest meat purveyors in Detroit, Michigan.
With determination equal to his enormous talent, Richie Lewis established himself as one of the finest pitchers to ever take the mound at Florida State. Lewis coupled with competitive spirit with his blazing fastball and devastating curve to dominate opposing batters.
In only three seasons (1985-87), Lewis recorded 520 strikeouts in 392.2 innings. This not only remains a Seminole all-time record, but is also second in the NCAA record book. With overpowering arsenal, Lewis led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings in 1986 with a 14.2 average. He finished his career with 38 wins against only 12 losses. After leading FSU to consecutive College World Series appearances, Lewis collected rare back to back First Team All-America honors.
After his junior season, Lewis was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the second round and has enjoyed a long professional career with Major League appearances for both the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins.
As Florida State football emerged into national prominence, Danny McManus was at the helm. His never-say-die attitude created a last impression on Seminole football and he is still listed among FSU’s all-time greats at quarterback.
In 1987, McManus’ finest game came against Nebraska in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl. McManus orchestrated a 97-yard scoring drive with the game winning touchdown pass coming on fourth and goal from the 15. He broke Fiesta Bowl passing records and was named MVP. He was named College Football’s Exemplary Player of the Year by New York’s Downtown Athletic Club following the season.
McManus has enjoyed a successful career in the professional ranks. After two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, he joined the Canadian Football League.
During her four years at Florida State, Kim Batten established herself as one of the finest track athletes in school history. Batten starred in multiple events for the Lady Seminoles including the long jump, triple jump, and the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes.
As nine time All-American, Batten set school marks in all three hurdle events (55 m, 100 m, and 400 m) from 1988-91 and advanced to the NCAA Championship each year. Batten was named to the Metro Conference’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete in each of FSU’s last three years in the league.
As a professional, Batten has recorded some of the greatest honors on the world track and field circuit. She set the world record in the 400 meter hurdles with a mark at the 1995 World Championships in Goteburg, Sweden with a of 52.61.
In February of 1996, Batten received the ESPY Award for Women’s Track and Field Performer of the year, beating out Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gwen Torrence in the voting. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the FSU graduate won the silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles.
Batten cam to FSU relatively un-recruited despite being a prep All-American at East High School, Rochester, NY. She served as a volunteer assistant coach during the 1996 season.
A four year letter-winner for the Florida State women’s tennis team, Buffy Baker ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in victories.
Leading the Seminoles each season, the native of Nashville, Tenn., accumulated 94 singles wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions throughout her career. She was named to the All-Metro Conference team in each of those seasons and was the team’s MVP all four seasons.
Besides her impressive singles accomplishments, Baker was also an established doubles player as well. She was crowned the Metro Conference champion at the No. 1 doubles position for three straight years, 1989-91.
Ranked among the nations top 30 singles players following her freshman campaign, she entered her sophomore season ranked No. 26 by the Volvo Collegiate Rankings. In the 1989 season, she began the fall with the top singles titles at the Roberta Alison South Intercollegiate Championships all the way to a 28-7 overall record at the Seminoles’ top singles spot.
She closed out her playing career in 1991 by winning the Metro Conference crown at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. She earned all-tournament team and the Metro’s Most Valuable Player honors while leading the team to a first-place finish ahead of South Carolina.
Lawrence Dawsey came to Florida State as a little known tailback from Dothan, Ala., and left the program as one of the Seminoles all-time great wide receivers. Over his four-year career from 1987-90, Dawsey caught 128 passes for 2,129 yards-only FSU legends Ron Sellers and Fred Biletnikoff caught more passes for the Seminoles.
Dawsey was named first team Associate Press All-American following a spectacular senior season in 1990 when he caught 65 passes for 999 yards. The reception and yardage totals ranked fourth on the FSU all-time lists and his performance was the best for a Seminole receiver in 18 years.
A remarkably consistent player with great determination and courage, Dawsey tied Ron Sellers’ school record of 30 consecutive games and at least one reception with a dramatic 76-yard touchdown catch on the second play on a 45-30 win over Florida. He had 20 touchdown receptions over his career, which ranks as the fourth highest total in Seminole history. Dawsey was a team captain as a senior and the Seminoles posted a 42-6 record over his four years including four straight finishes among the Associate Press Top Four.
Perhaps there is no more fitting a person in the Florida State Hall of Fame than 1997 inductee Dee Frye-Davis. From 1956 until her retirement in 1990, Dee was one of the most recognizable figures within the Florida State Athletics Department. Dee worked for every Athletic Director in the history of Seminole athletics and she remained on duty part-time following her retirement to coordinate the annual Hall of Fame and team reunion ceremonies.
Dee Frye-Davis’ first assignment was secretary, under FSU’s first Physical Education and Athletic Director, Howard Danford, and for most of her 34-year career she was in charge of the department’s personnel matters. However, her talents make her invaluable to the fledging athletics department and over her career her responsibilities ranged from selling tickets, to the design and advertising sales for the football program, to hosting in the football press box, to just about every duty one could imagine.
Dee Frye-Davis helped establish the FSU Hall of Fame under then athletic director John Bridges in 1977 and has been instrumental to its success ever since. She likes to tell people that she was the first to urge FSU to hire Bobby Bowden back in the early 70s, but would not get her wish until the third time around.
Ms. Davis truly was FSU “right hand lady.”
RONALD O. HARRISON
In only two years of action on the Florida State track team, Ron Harrison made his mark as one of the Seminoles’ all-time greats.
Harrison joined the FSU track program as a junior after transferring from Florida Southern. He was a major contributor in his first year of competition, but it was not until his final year of 1960 that he made his mark on the track scene. At the News-Piedmont Relays, Harrison won the 100-yard dash and anchored three winning relay teams on his way to earning the meet’s most outstanding performer award. The Orlando native also led Florida State to victories over Miami, LSU, and Florida. In a match-up with the SEC’s top sprinter from LSU, Harrison won the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.7 seconds. His finest performance came in the Florida AAU 220-yard dash when he set a school record and track record at 20.3 seconds, one 3 tenths of a second of the world record.
Following his senior year, Harrison was given the first even James Litcky Award. He was also named the Florida State Athlete of the Year by the Florida Flambeau becoming the first track athlete to win the award.
While at FSU, Harrison began his military career as an ROTC cadet. Harrison received several meritorious awards in his three years with the army as a Major General. On March 1, 1992, he was appointed as the Adjutant General of Florida with the responsibility of supervising the administration, training, and operation of the Florida National Guard.
Nolan Henke was a member of the Seminole men’s golf team form 1983 thru 1987 and has already been inducted into the Florida State Golf Hall of Fame.
While playing for the Seminoles, Henke won seven tournaments along with the 1986 Porter Cup, the 1987 American Amateur and the 1987 Monroe Invitational. Henke earned first team All-American honors in 1987 after finishing second at the NCAA Tournament. He also garnered All-American honors in 1985 and 1986, and is Florida State’s only three-time All-American.
Henke qualified for the PGA Tour immediately after graduating from Florida State. He has won three tournaments on the PGA Tour. Henke won his first professional tournament, the B.C. Open, in 1990.
In 1991, Henke won the Phoenix Open, finished tied for 5th in the Tour Championship and had six top 10 finishes. In his last 6 years he has finished in the top seven in 3 different major championships and has been in the top 10 nine times in that span. Henke won the Bell South Classic in 1993, a year he also finished sixth on the PGA and seventh in the U.S. Open.
The most famous alumni of Florida State Volleyball, Gabrielle Reece has gone on to pursue a career in the sport she loves.
A Lady Seminole from 1987-90, Reece quickly established herself as a force on the volleyball court. She holds the FSU career and single season record for solo blocks (240 and 69) as well as the career record for total blocks (747). She garnered AVCA All-Region honors in 1989 and was a Metro All-Conference selection in 1989 and 1990. As a junior, Reece was named to the Metro All-Tournament Team after helping to lead Florida State to the Metro Conference Championship.
Reece did not go unnoticed nationally either. She was pegged the 1989 Dodge National Athletics Awards Most Inspiring Collegiate Athlete and was among Rolling Stone Magazine Wonder Women of Sports that same year.
Reece went on to play professional volleyball as the captain of Team Nike for the Bud Light four-women beach volleyball tour. In addition to her playing career, Reece is also a supermodel, Nike spokesperson and television celebrity.
She has served as co-host for a popular MTV sport television show and had her own syndicated show, “The Extremist,” on CBS. Reece was chosen as on of the five most beautiful women in the world by Elle Magazine and was among People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people. She recently added author to her resume. Reece co-authored her first book entitled “Big Girl in the Middle,” which was released in the summer of 1997.
Derek Schmidt rewrote the Florida State record books as the Seminoles’ kicker from 1984-1987. When Schmidt graduated in 1987, he left as Florida State’s all-time leading scorer and had set the NCAA record with 393 career points.
Schmidt led Florida State in scoring in each of his four seasons as a Seminole. As a sophomore, Schmidt was selected to the All-South Independent and All-Metro Conference team and received Associated Press and UPI All-American honorable mention. In 1986, he made 108 consecutive PATs, was named to the All-South Independent Second Team and earned Associated Press All-American honorable mention.
As a senior, Schmidt was second in the country in scoring and was named Associated Press Third Team All-American. Schmidt set several records at Florida State including the longest field goal of 54 yards, most field goals made with 73, best career field goal percentage at 70.2 percent, most PATs made with 174 and most consecutive PATs with 108. All but one of Schmidt’s Florida State records still stands today, and he ranks fourth on the all-time leading scorer list in the NCAA record books.
JOHN D. “JACK” SHARP
After a stunning win on rings for the University of Illinois at the Big Ten Championship in 1949, Jack Sharp followed his Illini head coach, Dr. Hartley Price, to the newly formed Florida State University Gymnastics team. He would join a number of Olympic and international athletes who flocked to the new FSU program making it one of the nation’s best.
As a captain of the FSU team in 1952, Sharp led the Seminoles through a remarkable string of wins that included in succession, the Florida, Georgia, and Alabama AAU’s, the Southern Intercollegiate and, ultimately, the 1952 National College Championship. The national championship was the second in a row for the FSU Gymnastics team. Individually, Sharp won a gold medal to become the National Collegiate Association Swing Rings champion in 1952.
A native of Philadelphia, John D. “Jack” Sharp rose to the ranks of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force following his graduation from FSU and was a member of the Military Advisory Committee at the Center of Defense Information in Washington, D.C.
Paul Sorrento, the Seminoles’ starting rightfielder from 1984-86, was one of Florida State’s most feared hitters in FSU history.
Sorrento, a left-handed hitter from Peabody, Mass., began his Seminole career with a bang as he hit 17 homeruns and drove in 68 runs in his freshman campaign to earn a spot on Baseball America’s Freshman All-American team. In 1985, he set a school record by reaching base 13 consecutive times in the Metro Conference Tournament and garnered all-tournament team honors for his efforts. Sorrento earned All-Metro and All-Metro Tournament team honors in each of his three seasons with the Seminoles.
Sorrento was the clubs power man as a junior, leading the Seminoles with 22 homeruns and 86 RBI in 1986, as Florida State came up on game short of a national championship in the College World Series. His achievements of that magical season earned him Baseball America All-American (2nd team) honors. He finished his three-year career at Florida State with a .352 batting average, 48 homeruns and 222 RBI.
The California Angels organization selected Sorrento in the fourth round of the 1986 amateur draft, and he made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 1989. As a member of the Twins, Sorrento helped the team to a 1991 World Championship. Sorrento played for the Cleveland Indians during 1992-95 and was a member of the 1995 American League Championship team. He has played first base for the Seattle Mariners since 1996.
DR. SCOTT WARREN
When Bobby Bowden became the Seminoles head coach in 1976, Scott Warren became his starting defensive end for the next four years.
Bowden named Warren a starter for the Oklahoma game in the 1976 season and he started every game from then on out. One of the toughest and most consistent players in the early Bowden era, Warren, was also a member of the all specialty teams.
Warren’s shining moment as a Seminole was against Florida in his junior season. Warren intercepted a Gator pass leading to a Florida State game – clinching touchdown. He earned Atlanta Journal Lineman of the Week for his outstanding performance. Warren also garnered first team honors for Churchman’s Sports Hall of Fame for the second straight season.
After a spring of pulling double duty between spring drills and working at the Tallahassee Regional Medical Center, Warren returned as a leader of the Seminole defense. He showed he had a nose for the ball as he blocked a kick, recovered a fumble, caused three fumbles and recorded six tackles for loss as a senior.
DR. RICHARD BAKER
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Richard Baker.
The list of Moore-Stone Award winners read like a Who’s Who of intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and that list proved one step closer to completion with the addition of Dr. Richard Baker as the 1997 award winner.
Dr. Baker distinguished himself as one of Florida State’s finest teachers as a professor in the College of Business from 1950-81. He won the first ever Alpha Kappa Psi Award for outstanding instruction based on a student poll in 1963. He has authored a number of publications and has received countless awards for his teaching and research excellence. His skills in business marketing led to a number of consulting and research opportunities.
Dr. Baker’s selection as the Moore-Stone winner recognizes his contributions to the success of the Florida State Athletic Committee form 1974-80 and , in that role, led the program on the path to the success FSU now enjoys.
Dr. Baker’s outstanding career as a professor and member of the athletic committee make him a very popular winner of the Moore-Stone Award.
Jamile “Jay” Ashmore was one of the most successful gymnasts in the history of Florida State athletics. He competed from 1954-75 and led the Seminoles to the 1955 AAU National Championship.
Ashmore, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from FSU in 1957, was the NCAA floor exercise gold medal winner at the 1956 National Championship held at UNC Chapel Hill. He won the Florida & Georgia Championship competition in free exercise, rings and tumbling while at Florida State, and was the Southern Intercollegiate Champion in tumbling and free exercise.
Ashmore’s competitive career extended past his days at FSU as he won National AAU gold medals in free exercise (1959 & 61) and rings (1959), while earning All-America honors in both 1959 and 1961. He was the Pan American Rings Champion in 1959 and 1963.
After his competing career was over, Ashmore became a nationally recognized gymnastics coach serving as an assistant coach at Illinois and the U.S. Military Academy and as the head coach at the University of Texas.
In 1993, Ashmore was elected to the United States Gymnastic Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Federation of International Gymnastics Executive Committee in 1996, where he serves on the Hall of Fame Committee.
One of the most consistent performers and accurate shooters in Florida State basketball history, Harry Davis was a two-time Most Valuable Player during his career from 1974 through 1978.
The Cleveland, Ohio native’s best statistical season was his senior year when he averaged 19.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while making 57.7 percent of his shots from the floor (217/376). He was named Most Valuable Player of the Seminoles that year while leading FSU to a 23-6 mark and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The win total was the second most for an FSU team ever and it was the Seminoles’ third trip to the NCAA Tournament.
As a sophomore during the 1975-76 season, Davis also earned team MVP honors. He shot 63.9 percent from the field that year while averaging 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Davis, who helped the Tribe to a 78-31 record over his four seasons, averaged 14.0 points per game during his career and is still among FSU’s all-time leading scorers with 1,514 points. He also ranks among the school’s career top 10 in field goals (third, 640), field goal percentage (fifth, 58.5) and rebounding (ninth, 734).
When Davis’ career ended in 1978, he had played more games than any Seminole basketball player in history. He was also the most accurate shooter ever and made more field goals than any FSU player before him. He was a second-round NBA pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1978.
Michele Guilbalt was a member of the Seminole women’s golf team from the fall of 1978 through the spring of 1982 and was a key factor in Florida State’s 1981 women’s golf national championship.
Guilbault, a native of Pointe Claire, Quebec, was tabbed by AIAW All-American in 1981 after leading the Lady Seminoles to five team titles, including the AIAW National Championship. Guilbault also took individual titles in the prestigious Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C., during her junior season. She tied the tournament record of 218 at the Dick McGuire and set a new Lady Paladin Invitational tournament record of 214. The record eclipsed the previous low held by professional golfers Nancy Lopez and Betsy King. While playing in the Lady Paladin, Guilbault also tied a course record with a round of 69.
As a sophomore in 1980, Guilbault captured three individual titles including the Tribe-Auburn, Beacon Woods and Peggy Kirk Bell. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player for her efforts. A back injury during her senior season cut Guilbault’s remarkable collegiate career short.
After a brief period of time off from school in an effort to rehabilitate the back injury, Guilbault returned to Florida State in 1984 to finish her bachelor’s degree in physical education. She went on to play on the Futures Professional Golf Tour and in the 1990 U.S. Open at the Athletic Club in Atlanta.
DR. BILLIE JONES
As head coach of the Lady Seminole volleyball (1970, 1972-75) and softball (1971, 1972-74) programs, Dr. Billie Jones played a major role in paving the way for the success of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State University.
Dr. Jones earned her Ph.D. from Florida State in 1972 and began serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of Movement Science and Physical Education in addition to her coaching duties. Under Dr. Jones’ direction, the volleyball program compiled a remarkable 107-22 record and made appearances at the AIWA National Championship Tournament in 1973, 1974, and 1975 while competing for state and regional championships along the way. Dr. Jones also coached the 1971 softball team to the state championship and the 1974 squad to a runner-up finish.
Dr. Jones devoted herself to teaching full-time in 1975, but continued to be instrumental in the advancement of women’s athletics at Florida State. Her selection as the 1982 Herb Morgan Award winner recognized her service and dedication to FSU’s women’s athletics.
In 1985, Dr. Jones became a Service Professor in the Department of Movement Science and Physical Education and in 1989, she was honored with the distinction of Professor Emerita. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Jones has also co-authored four books on coaching and fitness.
A scholarship by an anonymous donor, given in the name of Dr. Jones, is awarded annually in the College of Education to a female student who intends to coach.
Dr. Jones’ vision, dedication and persistence is one of the reasons that Florida State athletics has become one of the nation’s top overall programs.
The first athlete at Florida State to received a full scholarship in track and field, Jerry McDaniel was one of the finest sprinters in school history.
McDaniel was undefeated in the 220 yard dash in his three-year Seminole career from 1963-65 and was not beaten in any event on the track during his junior and senior seasons. By the time his Florida State career ended, McDaniel owned school records in the 220, 440 and the 4 X 100 relay.
In 1964, McDaniel was a pivotal performer in two of the greatest days in FSU track and field history. He won four events as the Seminoles defeated Florida for the first time in school history in Gainesville, 74-71. The next day, McDaniel again placed four times as FSU defeated SEC power Tennessee in Knoxville, 75-70.
McDaniel won 15 gold medals in state and national meets as a junior and senior. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State in 1965, and went on to a very successful career in private enterprise.
Wayne McDuffie’s dedication to working out as a football player at Florida State in the 1960s was legendary, and his enthusiasm for perfection continued as a tremendously successful football coach with the Seminoles and a number of other teams.
McDuffie came to Florida State as a 6’2″, 223 pound physical marvel from Hawkinsville, Georgia. He was a star on FSU teams that defeated Oklahoma in the 1965 Gator Bowl, lost to Wyoming in the 1966 Sun Bowl, and tied Penn State in the 1967 Gator Bowl. He played center, defensive end and offensive guard for the Seminoles with a passion and commitment that he would later demand from the Florida State offenses that he coordinated for seven years from 1983-90.
McDuffie coached at New Mexico, Oklahoma State, and with the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia twice in his career, but it was the stint at his alma mater that gave him the greatest distinction. In addition to being credited with talking the Seminoles coaching staff into signing a skinny quarterback out of Thomasville, Charlie Ward, McDuffie engineered Florida State offenses that became some of the most prolific in the history of college football. In fact, McDuffie’s FSU offenses never finished below eighth in the country in scoring during his tenure.
McDuffie received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State in 1968 and his master’s in 1971. He married Toni, a former FSU cheerleader, and had three children.
A member of the Florida State volleyball team from 1987-90, Maggie Philgence made a name for herself not only at FSU, but as the conference and national levels as well.
Philgence broke five school records during her senior season, including kills (579) and career kills (2110), career kill attempts (4793), kills per game (4.41) and career digs (1185). She earned All-Metro Conference and AVCA All-South Region team honors while leading the Metro Conference in hitting percentage (.33) and kills per game (4.41) throughout her final season.
A powerful hitter, Philgence still ranks among FSU’s Top 10 in 14 statistical categories and remains the FSU leader in career kills and kill attempts, as well as single-season kills, and still ranks 17th in the NCAA in career kills. During her four-year career, FSU made appearances in the NCAA Tournament each season.
Upon graduation, Philgence was drafted to the South Team for the Olympic Festival in Los Angeles and helped lead her team to a gold medal. She went on to play professionally with the international league in France.
Mike Tschirret carved his name into the Florida State record books with a remarkable career as a swimmer from 1954-57. Over that four year span, Tschirret posted a 41-4 record that led the Seminoles to two undefeated seasons.
Tschirret grew up in Toledo, Ohio and was recruited by Florida State by legendary coach Bim Stults, who used his roots in nearby Fremont, Ohio, to ply Tschirret away from Ohio State and Columbia. The decision proved to be a great one for both FSU and its new star swimmer as Tschirret would set new school records in the 400 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly, 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay over his career. He qualified for the 1956 Olympic Trials finishing seventh in the 100 meter freestyle. As a senior in 1957, Tschirret was selected team captain, was named FSU Most Outstanding Athlete in swimming and earned All-America honors with a top five finish at the national championship.
After a tremendous career at Florida State, Tschirret moved into coaching with stints at Leon, Fort Lauderdale and Stranahan high schools. Over 13 years as a coach, he compiled a 263-27 dual meet record with 15 district championships. He led two teams to state championships and his 1965 Fort Lauderdale boys team was voted the mythical national champions. He was voted Florida Coach of the Year in 1965 and 1969, and national Coach of the Year in 1965.
Once his coaching career was finished Tschirret moved into school administration and later would head the Tallahassee Sports Authority. He remains an accomplished U.S. Master’s swimmer, winning the 200 meter butterfly in 1997.
PETER TOM WILLIS
Simply put – Peter Tom Willis had the finest season of any quarterback in Florida State history before him when he led the Seminoles as a senior in 1989.
Willis, who came to FSU from Morris, Alabama, had to bide his time and wait for his chance behind some great Seminole signal callers. In fact, he did not start until his senior year, but he made the most of it by setting a total of 15 new school records in 1989. He surpassed Seminole great, and fellow Hall of Famer, Gary Huff to become Florida State’s top single season passer with 3,124 yards. He also set the record for passes completed in a season (211), most 300-yard passing games (six), as well as touchdown passes in a game (six). In addition to a fantastic senior season, Willis set five Florida State career records including best passing efficiency at 148.5.
Willis’ senior season saw the Seminoles lose their first two games before roaring back with 10 straight wins over the likes of Syracuse, Auburn, Miami, and Florida. On a team that many considered the nation’s best at year’s end, Willis helped put the exclamation point of that notion with a 41-17 win over Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.
P.T. went on to an NFL career with the Chicago Bears and a stint with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena league. He was named color analyst for the Seminole Radio Network just prior to the 1998 season.
DR. GRACE FOX
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Dr. Grace Fox.
During the infancy of Florida State’s intercollegiate athletic program, a number of people took la leadership role in moving FSU into its current position as one of the most successful athletic programs in the country. Dr. Grace Fox is widely regarded as one of the pioneering architects of the Seminoles’ modern success.
Dr. Fox first came to Tallahassee in 1924 when she enrolled at Florida State College for Women from her home in Lakeland. She earned an “F Club” letter in volleyball, basketball, and soccer and graduated from FSCW in 1928. After teaching in Lakeland, she returned to FSCW to teach physical education using sabbatical time, and while teaching at FSU she was on numerous local, state, and national professional committees, including a stint as the president of the National Education Association’s division for girls’ and women’s sport.
She was responsible for and wrote the rulebooks and handbooks on soccer, basketball, and folk dance.
In 1947, Dr. Fox was named to Florida States’ Athletic Committee by the schools first Athletic Director, Dr. Howard Danforth. Her appointment made her the first female in the country to serve on a committee that governed men’s intercollegiate sports at the 1947 NCAA convention.
Dr. Fox’s leadership made the transition form FSCW to FSU a successful move for the university and her determination and foresight insured the success of the Seminoles on the athletic fields.
Though he only coached the Florida State baseball team for five years, Fred Hatfield’s impact on the program has been felt long after his departure.
A standout baseball player, Hatfield broke into the Major Leagues with the Boston Red Sox and played professionally from 1950-57. He then went into managing at the minor league level before being selected as Florida State’s head coach in 1964.
Hatfield wasted no time in keeping Florida State’s winning tradition going as he guided the ’64 Seminoles to a 23-13 record and a No. 6 final national ranking. In his second season, FSU won the NCAA District III Championship and advanced to the third round of the College World Series, finishing fifth nationally. Over the next three years (1966-68), his teams represented FSU at the NCAA District III playoffs. Hatfield went 35-6, his final year, and that winning percentage of .854 ranked as the best single season winning percentage at the time of his induction.
Hatfield was instrumental in a number of projects for FSU baseball including spearheading the effort to install lights at the baseball stadium. To get the ‘Noles under the lights, Hatfield called on a number of his friends from his years in professional baseball.
After leaving FSU after the 1968 season, Hatfield went back into professional ball where he coached and scouted until 1997.
Hatfield put together a record of 161-57 during his five-year tenure at Florida State. That winning percentage of 7.37 ranked third all-time at FSU at the time of his induction behind only Woody Woodward and Mike Martin, who was a centerfielder for Hatfield from 1965-66.
The Florida State women’s basketball program enjoyed its greatest success during the four-year career of Tia Paschal, who lettered for the Seminoles from 1989 to 1993.
A forward from Thomson, GA., Paschal was a three-year starter for the Seminoles who made an immediate impact averaging 20 minutes of play as a rookie. She averaged 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds as a senior earning first team All-ACC honors and second team All-America by the American Women’s Sports Federation. Over her career, she helped lead the Seminoles to two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1989-90 and 1990-91 as well as a Metro Conference championship in the 1990-91 season.
Paschal’s versatility made her a weapon in every facet of the game which is evident by the records she still held at FSU five years after her playing days. At the time of her induction, Paschal held the records for points in a game (38), free throws made (14) and attempted (19) in a game, as well as steals in a season (96) and career (269). Paschal was also among FSU’s top 10 in six season and seven career records and ranked second all-time in scoring with 1,662 points.
Honors came in abundance for Paschal throughout her career. Paschal took the conference by storm as a freshman in 1989-90, earning Metro Conference All-Rookie Team honors. She earned Metro All-Tournament Team honors twice and was a two-time conference Player of the Week.
Paschal played professionally in Europe following her graduation with a criminology degree in 1993. She played for teams in Germany, Sweden and Spain in addition to playing for the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA in 1998.
One of the greatest men’s tennis players in Florida State history, Joey Rive was a Seminole standout from 1981 through 1985.
Rive capped his outstanding Seminole career by winning the 1985 Metro Conference Championship singles championship. He was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player for that same year.
Following his collegiate playing days, Rive had a distinguished professional career. He was ranked among the world’s top 100 from 1985 through 1991 and won five singles titles on the ATP Tour. He was a member of the United States’ 1989 Davis Cup Team and played for Puerto Rico in that event from 1992 through 1994.
Rive returned to Florida State in 1992 as an assistant coach for the Seminoles’ men’s team. He held that position until 1994 when he was named the head men’s coach at the University of Alabama. He coached there for three years and guided the Crimson Tide to national top 20 rankings and a pair of bids to the NCAA Tournament.
At the time of his induction, Rive worked for the United States Tennis Association as a men’s national coach, training and developing elite junior players.
The success and hard work of FSU players and coaches like Rive made it possible for FSU to build one of the nation’s top tennis facilities, which hosted the NCAA Women’s Championship in 1996.
The most decorated player in the history of college football, Charlie Ward won literally every award he was eligible for as a senior quarterback on Florida State’s 1993 championship team. In addition, Ward was the sparkplug on three Seminole NCAA Tournament basketball teams.
A native of nearby Thomasville, GA., Ward became Florida State’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1993 after completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 3, 032 yards with 27 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also won the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards and was named Walter Camp Player of the Year and Toyota Leader of the Year. He is only the second college football player ever to win the Sullivan Award. Ward still owned 14 FSU football records at the time of his induction.
On the basketball court, Ward pushed the Seminoles to the brink of the 1993 Final Four, falling one game shy. He also started on FSU’s Sweet 16 team in 1992 and hit the game winning shot in its Metro Conference Tournament Championship game win over Louisville in 1991. Ward still holds Seminole basketball records for steals in a game (9) and career (236) and ranks sixth all-time in assists (396).
At the time of his induction, Ward had just finished his fifth season in the NBA as the starting point guard for the New York Knicks. He helped his team to the NBA finals in 1999. Ward remains an active member of his home community in Thomasville, running various youth clinics and sports camps during the summer.
Casey Weldon came to Florida State in 1988 as a hometown Tallahassee product who seemed destined for greatness. He left FSU as the runner-up for the 1991 Heisman Trophy and with the reputation as one of the Seminoles’ finest quarterbacks ever.
Casey starred at North Florida Christian High School in FSU’s backyard and waited for his chance to lead the Seminoles. As a senior in 1991, Casey completed 189 of 313 passes for 2,527 yards and 22 touchdowns – all with the pressure that comes from playing for a team ranked number one in the country for the first 12 weeks of the season. He led the Seminoles to a 10-2 record and a win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. He was named the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award signifying him as the best quarterback in college football. He was named first team All-America by Walter Camp and the Football News among others.
Casey’s 4,643 career yards of total offense ranked as the second highest total in school history when he graduated. He threw 41 career touchdown passes which also ranked as the second highest total ever for an FSU career, and he ranked among the top four in six other statistical categories when he left campus. Casey led the Tribe to a 16-2 record as the starting quarterback including memorable wins over Michigan, LSU, BYU, Penn State and Florida.
Casey went onto a long career in the NFL, playing for Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, San Diego and with the Washington Redskins at the time of his induction.
Atlanta, GA., native Al Williams earned a reputation as one of the finest throwers in Florida State track and field history when he dominated meets for the Seminoles from 1960-64.
Williams set FSU school records in both the shot put and the discus while in Tallahassee, marks that stood for nearly 20 years. He finished fourth at the 1963 NCAA Championship in the shot put as a junior to earn All-American honors.
As a senior in 1964, Williams took first place in the shot put in seven meets and won the discus in four. His win in both those events on consecutive days at Florida and at Tennessee helped provide the Seminoles with two of their greatest triumphs in the track and field program’s history.
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree from FSU in 1964. He won a pair of prestigious awards for his service to the United States Agency. He earned a Certificate of Exceptional Service and won The Medal for Civilian Service in Vietnam both in 1970. He is now retired after a successful career in healthcare administration.
DR. GREGG PHIFER
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Dr. Gregg Phifer.
Dr. Gregg Phifer’s role as a distinguished professor and supporter of Seminole athletics for more than a half century has been unmatched. Phifer, who is professor emeritus after many years of service in communications, has officiated track and field meets during the tenure of every FSU head coach.
A native of Cincinnati, Phifer ran track at the University of Pacific after successfully campaigning for a program as a student writer at the Pacific Weekly school newspaper. From Pacific, he moved on to the University of Iowa where he received his doctorate in 1949. Dr. Phifer joined the faculty at Florida State that same year and taught speech while also starting a debate program. He also began a nearly life-long effort of helping with the FSU track program, as both a meet official and photographer, shortly after his arrival in Tallahassee.
In addition to officiating FSU’s home track meets, Phifer has officiated a the Junior Pan American Games and Junior Nationals. He is an accredited master official by USA Track and Field and is a member of the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Governor’s Sunshine State Foundation. Since 1951, Phifer has officiated more than 250 meets.
Paul Wilson was one of the most dominating pitchers in Seminole baseball history. His blazing fastball and command of the game from the mound made him one of college baseball’s most intimidating pitchers. Over his three year career he led Florida State to some of its greatest wins and capped his career with his selection as the first pick of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft.
Wilson was selected to the Baseball America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American teams, in addition to being tagged All-ACC following an outstanding junior season in 1994. The Orlando native capped his FSU career by being named one of nine finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Wilson led the 1994 Seminole pitching staff to the College World Series with a 13-5 record and 2.08 ERA in 143.0 innings pitched. He struck out 161 batters while walking just 32. During his three year career (1992-94), Wilson compiled a 27-11 record with a 2.77 ERA. Along the way he struck out 299 in 304.2 innings of work. Wilson established himself as the ace of the 1993 Team USA pitching staff, starting in nine games.
Wilson made more Florida State history by becoming the highest Seminole ever chosen in any professional sport draft, when the righthander was named the first overall pick in the 1994 draft by the New York Mets.
Derrick Brooks came to Florida State as one of the most heralded recruits ever and left FSU having set a new standard for his outside linebacker position.
A two-time consensus All-American and an NFL first round draft choice in 1995, Brooks was a dominating linebacker who was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year as a junior in 1994 and was a three-time All-ACC first team selection during his career. His ability to run like a receiver and make plays like a defensive back made him one of the most exciting players in all of college football.
Brooks earned four varsity letters (1991-94) and was the defensive leader on Florida State’s first national championship team in 1993. He recorded 274 career tackles and was a finalist for the Butkus, Lombardi, and Football Writer’s National Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
Brooks was also a top scholar-athlete who won an NCAA post-graduate scholarship and earned Academic All-America honors following his senior season. He was a GTE Academic All-American second team selection and named the ACC All-Academic team as a junior.
Marvin Jones was one of the finest linebackers in the history of college football. In 1992, Jones became the first Florida State player to capture two national awards in the same year when he earned both the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker and the Lombardi Award signifying the nation’s top linemen.
A stunning combination of speed, strength, and instinct, Jones terrorized FSU opponents. He was called the finest linebacker in college football history by a number of experts over his FSU career. Nicknamed “Shade Tree” after resting under one following an early FSU practice his freshmen year, Jones went on to become such an intense competitor that opposing offenses all but conceded running the ball up the middle on the Tribe.
Jones tallied 111 tackles and seven tackles for a loss as a junior in 1992, while leading the Seminoles to an 11-1 record. He made 10 or more tackles in nine games and finished fourth in the balloting for the 1991 Heisman Trophy. Jones finished his career a two-time Consensus All-American and a first team All-ACC choice in 1992.
Jones was selected with the fourth pick of the 1992 draft following his junior season by the New York Jets. At that time, it was the highest an FSU player had ever been selected in the NFL draft.
Susan Painter was one of the finest players in the history of Lady Seminole softball. Her career spanned Florida State’s move from their highly successful stint in slow-pitch softball to the current fast pitch game.
A letter-winner from 1981-84, Painter led Florida State to a 197-33-2 record and two slow pitch national championships during her four seasons. The Plantation, FL., native was the starting pitcher for the Lady Seminoles for three seasons and then switched to first base for her senior year when the program went to fast pitch. Setting the groundwork for an outstanding career, Painter went 31-4 and batted .455 with 39 RBIs as a rookie. She earned All-American honors and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1982 National Championship team. A co-captain in 1983, she earned FAIAW All-State first team honors for the third straight year and was selected to the AIAW National All-Championship Team for the second time in her career. She was also named to the numerous all-tournament and regional teams throughout her career.
DR. JOE CAMPS
The Florida State University Athletic Department presents the Moore-Stone Award for Outstanding Service to Florida State Athletics to Dr. Joe Camps
Joe Camps, one of the first great defensive backs of the Bobby Bowden era at Florida State, proved to be as valuable to the Seminole athletic program after graduation as he was on the field. Dr. Camps’ achievements as a citizen, in his profession and as a supporter of FSU athletics have made him a role model.
Camps was a starting strong safety on the Seminoles’ 1975 team which ranked second in the nation against the pass, allowing only 63.5 yards passing per game. He was one of the hardest and most instinctive hitters of his time. Camps tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries as a junior.
Camps earned three varsity letter (1974-76) as a member of Bowden’s first Seminole teams. He earned the Bob Crenshaw Award, which is given annually to the “player with the biggest heart” as voted on by the members of the team, as a senior in 1976.
Camps was Bowden’s first player at FSU to become a physician. Dr. Camps has been active in the Seminole Boosters, serving as Chairman of the Board in 1997. He has continued his close affiliation with the university by serving as an educator and lecturer to Seminole student-athletes.
Clay Shiver grew up in the shadows of Seminole Territory. In his back yard he was usually the quarterback for the fantasy game. He never dreamed of becoming an All-American hero at center but that’s just what he did.
In 1993, Clay perfected the shotgun snap for a quarterback named Charlie Ward. He gave up just ? a sack over 700 snaps to help lead the team to its first National Championship trophy. By the 1995 campaign, Clay had become one of the top linemen in the country. He was a dominating blocker with quickness to pass block in FSU’s intricate offensive system. Shiver was named to the Football Writer’s first team All-American squad and the Scipps Howard All-America team. He was a three-time All-ACC selection and received numerous ACC Player of the Week honors as well. In his junior and senior years, Clay was awarded the prestigious Jacobs Trophy presented annually to the best blocker in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
In 1996, Clay was the first Seminole selected to the NFL draft, 67th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Clay played in 14 games for Dallas his first season, started in all 16 games in ’97 and nine games in the ’98 campaign. After three seasons with Dallas he became a free agent, signed in ’99 with Denver and Carolina before having to give up the game with a shoulder injury.
It was obvious to folks in Marion Country that Forest High School track star Angie Wright was headed for greatness. She broke the Class 3A state records in the 440-meter hurdles and 110 low jump and placed second in the 220. Angela also competed in the 220, long jump and high jump in high school, and played basketball and ran cross-country. As a senior she was honored for her accomplishments on and off the field receiving the scholar athlete award after finishing at Forest with a 3.5 grade point average.
As a Lady Seminole, Angela was a 15 time All-American. She received numerous honors including being named MVP of the Pepsi Invitation in Los Angeles, California. Her 1983 Seminole team placed second in Houston at the NCAA Division I outdoor Track and Field Championship finishing behind UCLA. Angela’s relay team set a new NCAA record in the 440-meter relay and the 1600-meter relay. As an individual, she placed third in the 400-meter hurdles.
In early 1984, she placed third at the U.S. Track and Field National Meet and second at the U.S. Olympic Trials. This gave Angela the opportunity of a lifetime to become an Olympic Athlete. At this time, she was ranked third in the United States and eleventh in the world in the 400-meter hurdles.
Angela graduated from the University of Virginia with her law degree and is currently a practicing attorney in the Tampa area where she lives with her son Julian.
He wasn’t a typical child growing up in the Blodgett Homes projects in Jacksonville, Florida. LeRoy Butler struggled with extremely weak bones in his feet causing a misalignment that prevented him from running. Several years in his youth were spent in braces, casts or even a wheelchair for a time. By the seventh grade, LeRoy’s feet had healed and the doors would soon open to a whole new world.
By 1986, LeRoy had become one of the most honored football players in the history on Lee High School. He was named to the Bally and Adidas All-America teams and ranked in Football News’ top 100 recruits.
Bulter became a household name for his role in the punt-rooskie play against Clemson in 1988. His senior season he moved from free safety to cornerback to replace teammate Deion Sanders. That season he had key interceptions in wins over Miami, Syracuse and Virginia Tech, finishing the year with seven interceptions, which to this day still lists him 4th on the Seminoles’ all-time single season record. He was named a defensive back consensus All-American and in the summer, LeRoy was named MVP of the Japan Bowl after an interception and 67 yard punt return. In 1990, LeRoy was selected in the NFL’s second round and 48th pick overall by the Green Bay Packers.
LeRoy Butler today is a feisty fixture in the Packers green and gold entering his 12th season with the NFL team. He is a five time NFL Pro-Bowler and is set to become the first NFL player in history to record 40 career interceptions and 20 career sacks. Butler is also known as the originator of the Lambeau Leap, where the players soar into the stands after scoring a touchdown on their home turf. In 1999, #36 was voted “NFL Man of the Year” for his extensive off-field community service.
Robert Clem, called “the most prolific hitter in city league history” by Georgia newspapers in the late 1950s began impressing the coaches early in his career. The Atlanta native attended Bass High School where he lettered in football and baseball for four years. He made All-State in football and was named to the North/South All-Star baseball team where he earned MVP honors. His 1957 batting average of .610 still holds the top spot in the city Atlanta.
After a brief season on the football team at Georgia Tech, Bob joined the Seminoles. His impact was immediate, batting .461 as a sophomore in 1958. The talent at the plate was noticed on a national scale as he was named to the District 3 All-Star team. Clem also became the youngest player named to the 30-man All-America squad in 1959 that made him only the second All-American in Seminole history behind Dick Howser who received the honor in 1957 and ’58. Before leaving Florida State, the 6’1″ second baseman broke the records for the most triples and doubles in a season and led his team in most hits, total bases, stolen bases, runs batted in and batting average. He is still listed in the Seminole record book for the highest single-season batting average.
On May 24, 1960 Bob signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. But after just four seasons in Baltimore, Clem saw his career cut short. While playing centerfield, Bob hit the fence going after a fly ball and injured his arm. Though his time in the pros was not as long as he liked, Bob did have the opportunity to hit a 3-run homer off a famous major league pitcher named Satchell Paige.
Bill Durham was a typical student in the 1960s at Florida State. He was active in campus intramurals, played in a band called the Velvets and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. During his sophomore year he was involved in the Homecoming committee when he came up with an idea to really bring alive the Seminoles of Florida State. It was idea that would not fly at the time and was tabled for nearly 15 years.
But as the saying goes, timing is everything. Bill entered the insurance industry and was talking with a client at home who happened to be the new football coach at Florida State. Coach Bowden shared his desire of establishing some new tradition at FSU and tossed out some ideas. And so, the opportunity arose for Durham to pitch the idea again. By the fall of 1977, Chief Osceola and Renegade began to materialize with the support of Bobby and Ann Bowden. One of Durham’s first steps was to seek the approval of the Seminole Indian Tribe. He then ran an ad in the Flambeau and received 168 applicants for the first rider. They were unable to locate the “right” horse so the original Renegade who premiered at the 1978 season opener against Oklahoma State was borrowed from a friend. Fans at that fame got a chance to witness the birth of a legend.
The sacred tradition is well known and well protected, thanks to the hard work and dedication of tonight’s Moore-Stone award winner, Bill Durham.
Warrick Dunn entered Florida State a fighter, a survivor and one of the top 10 high school football players in Louisiana. In his first year as a Seminole, the running back earned Freshman All-America honors as he helped lead Florida State to its first National Championship in 1993. The Baton Rouge native went on to become the first two-time 1,000 yard rusher in Florida State history, a pre-season Playboy All-American and the MVP of the 1994 Sugar Bowl. Dunn still holds the career rushing record of nearly 4,000 yards. He became only the sixth FSU football player to have his jersey retired. Dunn became a two-sport All-American after a standout spring season with the Seminole track team. Warrick was a first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he had two 1,000-yard rushing seasons and was invited to the Pro Bowl twice. Off the field, the former Seminole set up a Home for the Holidays program, awarding single working mothers a down payment for a furnished home. The program has gained national attention as over 40 children have benefited from his foundation.
Former Godby High School track star Leander McKenzie set the pace in high school and was listed as the top hurdler in the nation and held the state’s fastest time in the 800. At Florida State, Leander was listed as the number one junior hurdler in the world and captured Metro Conference titles in high hurdles, the intermediate hurdles and one as a member of Florida State’s 1,600-meter relay team. The relay team placed 12th at the NCAA Championship and as an individual, Leander became a national qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles. McKenzie also took titles at the USA Junior National Championship and the Junior Pan American Games. In 1984, Leander was listed as the 10th best intermediate hurdler in the United States and ran his personal best at the Olympic trials. He placed fourth and picked up points in the 110 hurdles with an 11th place finish. One of the most exciting moments of his career came when McKenzie’s 4 x 400 meter hurdle relay team set a world record at the Domino’s Pizza Relays. McKenzie never lost an individual Metro Conference race and was a six time All-American in the 400 hurdles and the 4×400. He was the only Metro athlete to win four consecutive MVP honors. Leander’s school record in the 400 hurdles that he set at the USA Championship held for 10 years until it was broken in 1995.
Doug Mientkiewicz led the Seminole baseball team with a .371 batting average, 19 home runs and 80 RBIs in his final year at Florida State. He was a member of Team USA where he led the team of all-stars with 10 home runs and 41 RBI’s and was awarded the Fighting Spirit Award. His leadership helped Florida State earn its first ACC Championship and he was named the MVP of the Atlantic I Regional as a senior. He ranks 10th in the Florida State record book for batting average and slugging percentage and was named to the CWS All-Decade Team of the 1990s. In 1995, the left-handed first baseman signed with the Minnesota Twins after playing several seasons in the minor leagues. He was a member of the Gold-medal winning Olympic team in Sydney, Australia and has earned numerous honors as a major leaguer including the Most Valuable Twin and the Rawlings Golden Glove Award.
Shamalene Wilson entered Florida State as a four-time All-Conference selection, MVP of the North-South All-Stars and Player of the Year in high school. The Dade City, Fla., native wasted no time making her impact on Seminole softball and was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 1993. The outfielder became a three-time All-American, a three-time All-Region selection and ACC Player of the Year during her career with the Lady Seminoles. She left her name in the record book in 11 categories and helped lead the Tribe to three ACC Championships, four NCAA Regional berths and a trip to the College World Series. After graduating, Shamalene spent two seasons in the women’s professional fastpitch league where she was named Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the All-Star team. In 1998, Wilson returned to Dade City and married Poncho Broner. She works for her alma mater, Pasco High and she and Poncho have two children, Kiara and Kobe.
GENE DECKERHOFF (MOORE STONE AWARD)
For nearly 30 years, Deckerhoff has been hosting coaches shows and serving as the on-air talent for the Seminoles. In 1989, he added the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to his weekend schedule and has also served as the play-by-play announcer for AFL teams, the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators. Deckerhoff is a nine-time winner of the Florida Sportscaster of the Year Award and 18-time winner of the best play-by-play announcer for college and pro ball. In 2000, he was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Gene also received an ADDY Award for the best regional TV promo for “The Bobby Bowden Show” in 1986 and in 1991 won a silver medal award from the American Advertising Association. Gene has been married to the lovely Ann Deckerhoff for over 37 years and they have three sons, Emerson, Dennis and Eric and six grandchildren. In the off-season, Gene enjoys traveling with his family, woodworking, photography and cooking.
Terrell Buckley, a defensive back from Pascagoula, Miss., entered the vaunted FSU program with a confidence that he could display throughout his career. Buckley was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball and track). He was the only football player in Mississippi to earn 5A all-state honors two consecutive years. As a senior, Buckley was rated one of the top high school defensive backs in the nation. He aver-aged better than 30 yards per punt return and returned seven for touchdowns while nabbing a school-record 30 interceptions. He was among a few 1989 rookies to see action and he ranked ninth in the nation in punt returns and saw significant time at cornerback. Buckley became a consensus All-America choice and one of the nation’s top defensive players by 1991. In 1992, Buckley was named the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award presented to the best defensive back in college football. During his career, Buckley established a new NCAA record for interception return yardage in a game with 55 yards on two picks against Florida. His career interception return yardage of 501 yards also broke the NCAA record set in the 1970s. After three successful seasons at FSU, Buckley opted to enter the NFL draft early and, in 1992, became the 5th overall pick to the Green Bay Packers.
J.D. Drew was an outfielder from the small town of Hahira, Ga., near Valdosta. He wasn’t a heralded player being recruited by colleges from all over, but it didn’t take long for coach Martin to realize that this kid from Hahira was destined for greatness. Drew had picked up the game of baseball at age 13 playing with his brothers and neighbors in the cow pastures across from his family home. He joined the Boys Club team in Valdosta and from there baseball became his focus. Drew went on to be named the Vikings’ best offensive player all four years, all-regional MVP and a member of the Team Georgia All-Star squad his senior year. Drew’s college career was impressive. He rewrote history as he established himself as one of the best hitters in college baseball. He was a consensus first-team All-American after becoming the only player in Division I baseball history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases. He was named Player of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, The Sporting News and the ACC, and received the Dick Howser Award given by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Drew was also a member of Team USA and crowned the Golden Spikes Award winner, given by USA Baseball to the best amateur baseball player. Drew batted an FSU-record .455 in 1997 while becoming one of just three players in Division I history to record a triple-triple — 100 hits, 100 runs, 100 RBI. He broke a total of 17 Florida State and ACC records, including the FSU season batting average, FSU and ACC career slugging percentage and ACC season and career home runs. Drew completed his third and final season being named to the College World Series All-Decade team and eighth in Baseball America’s collegiate “Player of the Century” poll.
Lori Sarah Sowell grew up in South Florida with her mother, Sigrid, and sister, Colette. After the passing of her father, Howard, when she was just three months old, the three Sowell girls took to heart that the family that plays together stays together. Her mother believed that both girls should have a versatile training in a lot of different areas while growing up, but what stuck for Lori was the sport of tennis. By age seven, Sowell had won her first tournament trophy and by 14 her first national championship. She was continuously ranked in the top five in the state junior rankings and the top 40 nationally. While a student at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Sowell earned All-America honors, two individual state championships, three consecutive doubles titles and led her team to a state championship. She played on a Florida team that won the Girls 18’s Intersectional Championship that was coached by former FSU women’s tennis coach Alice Reen. Reen began to heavily recruit Sowell to come to Florida State and she decided to head to Tallahassee. Sowell’s impact at FSU was immediate. She played at the No. 2 singles position and while compiling an overall record of 24-9, she was voted All-ACC and ACC Rookie of the Year in her first season. She was named to the All-ACC academic team and became a two-time All-American. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1995 NCAA singles championship, which was the furthest any Lady Seminole had ever advanced. During her career, Sowell maintained a national ranking, was a four-time All-ACC selection and took the singles title at the Lady Seminole Classic.
Born in a small town named Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Bob Sura picked up the game of basketball at the age of four thanks to help from his uncle who built a wooden goal for him to practice on. He played ball for G.A.R. Memorial High, leading his team to two consecutive state title games. He was voted Pennsylvania small-school Player of the Year in 1991 after averaging more than 35 points a game. He set a school record in total career points and led his team to a perfect 80-0 league record in four years. Still, Sura was not heavily recruited until scoring 68-points in a game that convinced former FSU head coach Pat Kennedy to offer him a scholarship. Three times as a true freshman, Sura was selected the ACC Rookie of the Week and he topped off his freshman season by being named ACC Rookie of the Year. He was the top scoring and rebounding guard in the ACC as a sophomore, averaging nearly 20 points a game. The 1993 team finished 25-10 and came within one game of making the Final Four. He would carry the load for FSU basketball his next two seasons, finishing as the first player in FSU history named to the All-ACC first team. He finished his career as the only player in ACC history to tally 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals. Sura is the all-time leading scorer in FSU men’s basketball history with 2,130 points and ranks second in three-pointers in a game, second in free throws in a game, third in all-time steals and fifth in all-time assists. The FSU star was the No. 1 pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers and 17th overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft.
JIM KING, MOORE STONE AWARD
In 1978, Charlie Barnes was hired by the Seminole Boosters to help expand new booster clubs outside of the Tallahassee area. Around that same time, prominent businessman Jim King was taking over the chairman post of the Seminole Booster Club in Jacksonville. Little did Barnes know at that time the impact King would have on the future and growth of the Booster and Seminole Clubs. Jim King graduated from Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg. He received his AA degree from St. Petersburg Junior College before heading to Florida State and
earning his bachelor’s degree and MBA. King served in the Coast Guard and worked for Proctor and Gamble before starting King Companies, a personnel recruiting and temporary help service. King went from very humble beginnings to becoming a successful entrepreneur in Jacksonville. In 1986, he was elected to the legislature where he served 12 years. In 1999, he was elected to the Florida Senate, a post he continues to serve today. Currently the Senate President, one of King’s most notable achievements in his political career was the passage of the Death with Dignity Act. He has consistently ranked as one of the Top 10 Most Effective Legislators in Florida and has received numerous awards for civic and charitable contributions.
JOHN THRASHER, MOORE STONE AWARD
John Thrasher earned his business degree in 1965 from FSU before entering the Army for a four-year tour. Thrasher attained the rank of captain before his honorable discharge in 1970. Captain Thrasher returned to FSU to earn his law degree with honors in 1972. After practicing law for nearly 15 years, Thrasher became a member of the Clay County School Board. In 1992, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served for four consecutive terms. On Nov. 17, 1998, the House of Representatives unanimously elected him as Speaker of the House for the 1999-2000 term. It was during this period that he saw opportunities to assist FSU in taking a step to the next level. Thrasher’s untiring support and visionary leadership has led to several major changes in Seminole Territory. Thrasher provided key leadership in the legislature during his time as speaker to appropriate the 12 million dollars to build the academic and athletic buildings surrounding the north end zone of Doak Campbell Stadium. He was also a key component in providing funding for the new professional golf center at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. Thrasher has received numerous awards through the years including four-time Legislator of the Year, Florida Sheriff ‘s Association Legislative Award, Miami Herald’ s Most Effective Representative and the prestigious Circle of Gold presented to distinguished alumni of Florida State. He also was presented the rare Westcott Award, given by former President Sandy D’Alemberte to honor friends of Florida State whose loyalty and support can be called extraordinary.