Aug. 16, 2005
Florida State University Director of Athletics Dave Hart, Jr., announced Tuesday that women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau has been granted a three-year contract extension. Semrau, who is in her ninth season at Florida State, is now committed to the Seminole program through the 2008-09 season.
“This extension represents both a reward for last season’s accomplishments and an acknowledgement that our women’s basketball program can achieve at a very high level which is our collective ongoing goal,” Hart said. “We want to be successful on a consistent basis within our conference and nationally. We look forward to Coach Semrau, and her staff, leading us to the attainment of that goal.”
With a 24-8 record and an NCAA Tournament second round appearance in 2004-05, Semrau guided the Seminoles to one of the program’s most successful seasons, which earned her Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in her career.
“With the help of a great coaching and support staff and many talented student-athletes, we have been able to make great strides in this program over the past several years and I am looking forward to taking this team to even greater heights,” Semrau said.
The program has continued to excel under Semrau’s direction, including four postseason appearances in the past five years. Prior to Semrau’s arrival in 1997-98, the Seminoles had never finished higher than fifth place in the ACC and had placed last in three of the four previous seasons. The 2004-05 season was FSU’s third top four ACC finish in the last five years. Last season, the Tribe began the season a perfect 12-0. It was not only the best start in program history, but the most consecutive wins an FSU women’s basketball team has ever strung together. The Seminoles also earned their highest ranking ever in the Associated Press poll at No. 19. And the team’s 24 wins last season marked the first time since 1990-91 that FSU earned 20 or more wins and just the fifth time ever in the program’s history.
Florida State returns nine players from last year’s squad in 2005-06 and will welcome six freshmen to the team.