June 3, 2010
Coming off of a season that saw the Florida State University women’s basketball team advance to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the first time in program history, earn the program’s highest national ranking (No. 6), record the program’s most wins in a season (29) and tie for first in the ACC regular season for the second straight year, Director of Athletics Randy Spetman has announced that women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau has been given a contract extension through the 2014-2015 season.
“It is sometimes as difficult to maintain excellence in a program as it is to build one and Sue has done both,” Spetman said. “Each and every year, our women’s basketball program reaches greater heights which is remarkable and that’s a tribute to Sue and her staff’s constant hard work and dedication. We are very proud of Sue and our women’s basketball program.”
Recently elected to the WBCA Board of Directors, Semrau, who just completed her 13th season with the Seminoles, was recognized this season by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) as the Russell Athletic/WBCA Regional Coach of the Year for Region 2. She has guided Florida State to six straight NCAA Tournaments, and seven overall, where the Seminoles have advanced past the first round each time, and to five top-four finishes in the ACC in the past six seasons. A three-time ACC Coach of the Year, Semrau is Florida State women’s basketball’s all-time winningest coach.
“As I have said many times before, I came to Florida State because I believed that the women’s basketball program here could be a national contender and with a lot of hard work and the help of a great staff and support staff, we have been able to achieve great things,” Semrau said.
Semrau will depart for Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend to begin her duties as an assistant coach for the 2010 USA Women’s U18 National Team. The squad will compete this summer at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be contested June 23-27 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs.