TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford announced Tuesday that volleyball coach Chris Poole has signed a contract extension that takes him through the 2024 season.
“I am very pleased that Coach Poole will continue to lead our volleyball program,” said Alford. “Coach Poole is one of the most highly respected coaches in the game. He does an outstanding job with our team on the court, while also fostering excellence from our student-athletes in the classroom and the community. We are fortunate to have him.”
In his 14 seasons coaching at Florida State, Poole has guided the Seminoles to three ACC titles, earned two ACC Coach of the Year honors, enjoyed an 11-year run of making the NCAA Tournament and led the Seminoles to unprecedented territory with an NCAA National Semifinal run. FSU has reached five NCAA Sweet 16s as well as two Elite Eights under his watch.
“I appreciate the faith and support from our administration,” Poole said. “My goal has always been to build a competitive program that competes at a high level, and to have players that are great role models on and off the court and in the classroom. We had the youngest team in the Power Five this season. I’m excited to build on that success.”
Poole is the fourth-winningest active NCAA Division I coach with 876 wins, owning a 326-105 record at Florida State. This past season in 2021, he became the fastest head coach ever to reach 200 ACC wins, reaching the milestone in just 256 conference matches.
The Heber Springs, Ark., native has coached 19 of FSU’s 22 All-Americans, amounting to 37 All-America honors by those 19 student-athletes during his tenure. Poole also owns 31 of FSU’s 39 American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 wins. His teams have made the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the last 13 seasons and in 12 of his 14 seasons at FSU.