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Seminole Dispatch: The Year Of The Seminole ? Part II

Seminole Dispatch: The Year Of The Seminole – Part II

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Seminole softball’s Women’s College World Series appearance in 2004 helped FSU achieve its highest Directors’ Cup finish.

07/12/2004 – Florida State Athletics


Florida State Athletics Enjoys Best Finish In Directors’ Cup Standings

Florida State athletics had a lot to celebrate in 2003-04. In fact, you could make a strong case to prove that it was the most successful all-around athletics year in school history with another BCS Bowl appearance, the 2003 Soccer College Cup and the 2004 Softball College World Series – just to name a few accomplishments. The point is also reflected by Florida State’s No. 22 finish in the United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup Division I final standings. The No. 22 final standing, which is an improvement of 16 spots over last year’s, ranks third among all ACC schools and is FSU’s top finish in school history.


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Patrick Baker was named Soccer America’s National Coach of the Year.

07/12/2004 – Women’s Soccer


Patrick Baker – Soccer America National Coach of the Year

Last year was quite a year for Florida State head soccer coach Patrick Baker. He led his Seminoles to the school’s first-ever College Cup. He took his squad to its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament and second ACC Championship final in the last three seasons. He and his wife Kelly had their second child and he coached his first-ever second team All-American in Leah Gallegos. He also guided FSU to a consensus top five ranking. As big as 2003 was though, 2004 got off to a pretty impressive start also when Soccer America, the country’s most-respected soccer publication, named Baker their 2003 national coach of the year Friday. This is the fifth year coaches’ first national coaching award. In 2001, he was SoccerBuzz’s runner-up national coach of the year and he has been named a regional coach of the year on three occasions during his 15-year career.


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07/12/2004 – Softball


Dr. JoAnne Graf became the second Division 1 coach ever to win 1,000 games and only the third in NCAA history at any level to reach that plateau

Florida State’s trip to Mercer was a very memorable one for head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. The living legend joined the 1,000-win club for NCAA fast pitch wins with FSU’s 5-1 win over the Bears in Macon, GA. She is only the second Division I coach to ever reach that milestone and just the third coach overall in NCAA history to record 1,000 victories. Reaching that milestone erased any doubts that Graf is the greatest DI softball coach in the history of the game. No other coach with 1000 wins in any division has a higher winning percentage than Graf and no coach has more NFCA wins (slow pitch and fast pitch combined) than Graf’s 1218, almost 100 more than her next competitor. In 20 years at FSU Graf has never had a losing season and her teams have advanced to 16 NCAA Tournaments despite the fact that many came as at-large bids due to no conference affiliations. She currently ranks in the top four of every Division I ranking for coaches and is coming of her induction into the NFCA Hall of Fame.


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07/12/2004 – Football
Bobby Bowden Became the Winningest Coach in College Football History – Head coach gets 339th victory in win over Wake Forest.


07/12/2004 – Cross Country
Braman Earns ACC Coaching Honors – Florida State head cross country coach Bob Braman was awarded the ACC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.


07/12/2004 – Swimming and Diving
Neil Harper – Swimming Coach of the Year – Seminoles win award for first time in school history.


07/12/2004 – Women’s Tennis
Lise Gregory – Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year – Eighth year head coach Lise Gregory was named the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, after guiding the Seminoles to a 16-6 record, including six conference wins.


07/12/2004 – Softball
Dr. JoAnne Graf was elected into the NFCA Hall of Fame – Legendary Seminole softball coach enters National Fastpitch Coaches Association HOF.


07/12/2004 – Baseball
Mike Martin became the fifth active head coach in NCAA history to reach the 1300-win plateau and the eighth all-time – Martin becomes the fifth active head coach in NCAA history to reach the 1300-win plateau and the eighth all-time.


07/12/2004 – Men’s Basketball
Stan Jones, Associate Head Coach for men’s basketball, has been named as one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com – Seminoles bringing the nation’s top players to Tallahassee under Hamilton.



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