Jan. 16, 2009
Florida State’s Bob Braman will be recognized for his accomplishments throughout his 25 years of coaching this weekend when he is inducted into the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame.
“It’s quite an honor to be inducted into any hall of fame but an extra special honor to be lucky enough to be selected into the Florida Track & Field Hall of Fame,” Braman said. “So many coaches that I’ve looked up to are members of this Hall and I can’t believe I’m among them now. All I can do is thank all of those who have taught me how to do this profession and hope that I’m helping others get there too.”
The induction ceremony will take place in Lake Mary, Fla., on January 17 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary in conjunction with the 4th Annual Florida All-Star Track and Field Clinic. In addition to being inducted, Braman will also be a guest speaker at the clinic.
Braman took over Florida State’s track and field program at the start of the 2004 season, after four years as the head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach, and what he has done with the program has been nothing short of phenomenal. Last spring Braman did something that no other coach at Florida State has done: win three national championships as the Seminoles’ men’s team claimed a third straight NCAA Outdoor National Championship.
In addition, Braman has guided the Seminoles to five ACC Indoor and four ACC Outdoor championships. He has earned 20 Coach of the Year awards for cross country and track and field at the conference, region and national level since taking over the reigns of the FSU program.
“What Coach Braman has been able to accomplish not only at Florida State, but in his entire career, speaks volumes about his coaching abilities,” Florida State Director of Athletics Randy Spetman said. “We are very proud of Bob and congratulate him on this much deserved honor. We feel very fortunate that he is a Seminole.”
Before joining the Florida State family, Braman enjoyed 17 years of national success at the University of South Florida where he began his coaching career as a men’s cross country assistant in 1983.