May 13, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau and men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton were recognized by the Florida State Senate on April 23 for their accomplishments, both on and off the court, in leading their respective teams to national prominence. Both coaches were named the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches of the year and both led their teams to the NCAA Tournament this season with Semrau taking her team to the tournament for a school record fifth consecutive season.
This past season was one of Semrau’s best. In addition to tying for first place in the ACC regular season for the first time and earning the most conference wins in school history, Semrau guided a team that set numerous other school records. Semrau’s Seminoles set the program standard for most wins over top-10 opponents (three), highest national rankings (No. 11 AP poll and No. 12 USA Today/ESPN poll) and highest ACC Tournament seed (No. 2 seed). For her stellar efforts, she was named the 2009 WBCA Region 2 Coach of the Year and the 2009 ACC Coach of the Year.
In 12 seasons at the helm of the Florida State women’s basketball program, Semrau is used to making magic happen as she became the program’s winningest coach in her ninth season in 2006. She has guided Florida State to double-digit victories in nine straight seasons and to five straight NCAA Tournaments and six overall. Her current coaching record is 205-160. She earned her 200th career victory in Florida State’s victory over then-No. 8 North Carolina on Feb 13, 2009.
The Florida State men finished the 2008-09 season with a 25-10 record, were a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, finished in fourth place in the ACC standings with a 10-6 record, played in the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history and had an All-ACC First Team pick (Toney Douglas) for the second time in three seasons. The Seminoles’ 25 wins is tied for second most in school history while their 10 conference wins is the third highest in school history. It marked the first time since the 1992-93 season that the Seminoles had won at least 10 ACC games in a single season.
Hamilton, the 21st winningest coach in ACC history, has put the Seminoles on the cusp of becoming the next great program in the nation’s greatest basketball conference. Florida State is ranked as the fourth winningest program in the ACC in the last three seasons with a cumulative record of 67-38 for a winning percentage of .638. During the last four seasons, Hamilton has elevated the Seminoles’ play in the ACC as he has guided Florida State to a 33-31 record (.516 winning percentage) – tied for the fourth highest win total in ACC Play since the start of the 2005-06 season.
Semrau and Hamilton were both named the ACC Coach of the Year marking only the third time in conference history (also at Duke in 1999 and at North Carolina in 2006) that the men’s and women’s basketball coaches of the year came from the same school.