March 6, 2001
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association announced on Tuesday that Florida State University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sue Semrau has been named the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. Semrau, who is in just her fourth season at FSU, has guided the Seminoles to an 18-11 record, including a third-place finish in the ACC regular season. It is Florida State’s first winning season since 1991-92 as well as the school’s best league finish since joining the ACC 10 seasons ago.
“You would have to understand the magnitude of the task that she undertook four years ago in order to fully appreciate just how deserving this honor is for Sue Semrau,” FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart said. “In a conference full of outstanding coaches, Sue very much earned this recognition. I’m very happy for her.”
In 1997, Semrau, a native of Seattle, Washington, inherited a Seminole team that had gone winless in the ACC the season before. Four years later, Florida State, who was picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll, placed tied for third with a 9-7 league mark and was the only team in the nation to defeat Duke on its home court this season. The Seminoles earned their highest-ever seed in the ACC Tourney at No. 4 and advanced to the tournament’s semifinals for the first time. Other firsts this season included defeating Virginia for the first time. FSU took two of three from the Cavaliers, including a win in the ACC tournament.
Semrau and her team now await news of postseason play. The NCAA Tournament 64-team field will be announced on ESPN on Sunday, March 11th at 5 p.m.