June 13, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University Director of Athletics Dave Hart announced Friday the hiring of Sue Semrau, the top assistant at the University of Wisconsin, as the new head coach for the Lady Seminoles’ women’s basketball program.
“Sue’s integral role in the building process at two different programs, along with her tremendous energy and reputation as a recruiter, were the most important profile characteristics in her selection as our women’s basketball coach at Florida State University,” said Hart.
“We all look forward to continuing our collective efforts to establish a competitive women’s basketball program at Florida State,” added Hart.
Semrau becomes FSU’s new head coach after serving three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Wisconsin under Badger Head Coach Jane Albright-Dieterle. Semrau joined Albright-Dieterle at Northern Illinois in 1991 where she assisted in leading NIU to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
In her three seasons at Wisconsin, Semrau contributed to the Badgers’ three straight winning seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances, including the program’s first ever back-to-back 20-win seasons. Wisconsin also posted its best record in program history, a 21-8 mark in 1995-96, during Semrau’s tenure.
“With the hiring of Sue Semrau, Florida State has demonstrated its commitment to the total student-athlete,” commented Wisconsin head coach Jane Albright-Dieterle. “Sue will very much be a player’s coach. Every athlete in her program will become a better person, student and athlete.
“She is an accomplished recruiter, and her knowledge of the game is exceptional. This hire ensures a positive future for Florida State women’s basketball,” said Albright-Dieterle.
Semrau has also been noted for her recruiting efforts at Wisconsin with a 1995 recruiting class that ranked eighth in the country by Blue Star Index. The Badgers’ 1997 class features the program’s first WBCA Prep All-American and the first multiple Parade Magazine honoree.
Last summer, Semrau was the head coach of a team of college alumni that competed in the Athletes in Action Spring Australian Tour.
Semrau came to Northern Illinois after serving as head women’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Occidental College in Los Angeles for four years where she compiled a 51-47 overall record. She also coached soccer for two seasons, while also responsible for the administrative duties of fundraising and promotions at the Division III institution. At Occidental, Semrau was a member of the NCAA regional selection committee and chaired the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for women’s basketball.
Prior to her appointment at Occidental, Semrau worked as the public relations and promotions director for the L.A. Heat professional soccer team from 1986-87, and the public relations director for the Seattle Storm soccer team in the previous year. In 1986-87, she also served as an assistant basketball coach at Santa Monica High School.
A 35-year-old native of Seattle, Wash., Semrau is a graduate of Shorecrest High School where she earned all-conference honors in her senior year. She went on to attend the University of Puget Sound for two years, garnering Freshman of the Year honors. Semrau transferred to the University of California-San Diego in 1984 where she ranks 13th in all-time scoring and fourth in all-time assists. In 1985, she graduated from the University of California-San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and received her master’s degree in athletic administration from the University of Southern California in 1988.