June 24, 2003
Florida State Director of Athletics Dave Hart, Jr., announced Tuesday that women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau’s contract has been extended by two years and now runs through the 2005-2006 season.
“Sue has worked very long and hard to build a solid foundation for our women’s basketball program and she has accomplished that task,” Hart said. “I believe we are now poised to demonstrate consistent competitive success and progress within our league, and beyond, with a solid base of talent and new facilities which speaks volumes about our commitment to basketball at Florida State.”
Semrau is entering her seventh season at Florida State where she has compiled a 77-95 overall record, including a national ranking, two winning seasons and two postseason appearances in the last three years. In 1997, Semrau inherited a Seminole team that had gone winless in the ACC the season before. Four years later in 2000-01, Florida State had a breakout season as Semrau guided the Seminoles to a No. 25 final ranking with a 19-12 record, a third-place finish in the ACC and its first NCAA Tournament since 1990-91. It was Florida State’s first winning season since 1991-92 as well as the school’s best ACC finish since joining the league. Her efforts were recognized and rewarded when the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association announced Semrau was named the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. Florida State has now finished in the top four in the ACC twice in the last three seasons.
Semrau returns 10 letterwinners from last season’s 17-13 squad and welcomes a highly-touted recruiting class that has been ranked among the top five in the nation.