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Overall, 17 of FSU’s 19 sports were represented in postseason competition.
June 25, 2004
Another BCS Bowl appearance, the 2003 Soccer College Cup, the 2004 Softball College World Series… it was indeed a good year for the Seminoles and over the summer months, Florida State fans will have the opportunity to relive some of those recent memories with the “Seminole Dispatch 2003-04 Year in Review.” Over the next few weeks the Seminole Dispatch will rerun stories about some of Florida State’s greatest moments throughout the past year.
The baseball team’s Super Regional appearance concluded an athletic season that may prove to be one of Florida State’s most successful in terms of the overall program. The football Seminoles once again finished atop the ACC, but they weren’t alone. Eleven Seminole teams overall finished in the top three of the ACC, including four squads who were crowned league champions in their respective sports. Track’s Vicky Gill was the ACC champion in both the indoor and outdoor 5000-meter race – one of 20 Seminoles or Seminole relay teams that earned ACC champion status. Matt Cloer became the first player in FSU history to twice be named ACC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year as 38 student-athletes garnered All-ACC accolades including five Player/Performer of the Year honors.
The Seminole softball team made its second College World Series appearance in the last three years giving the Garnet and Gold even more prominence on the national scene. Overall, 17 of FSU’s 19 sports were represented in postseason competition. Leading these teams were some of the best coaches in the nation. Over the past year, Bobby Bowden became the winningest coach in the college football history. Dr. JoAnne Graf was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame while Patrick Baker was named Soccer America National Coach of the Year. Four FSU coaches garnered ACC Coach of the Year honors.
There were several Seminoles who excelled individually. Jessica van der Linden, who has been nominated for an ESPY as Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year, added USA Softball National Player of the Year to her list of achievements. She and 28 other Seminoles were named to All-America teams in 2003-04.
So grab a cool drink, sit back, pick your feet up off the floor and enjoy the Seminole success of 2003-04.