During the infancy of Florida State’s intercollegiate athletic program, a number of people took a leadership role in moving FSU into its current position as one of the most successful athletic programs in the country. Dr. Grace Fox is widely regarded as one of the pioneering architects of the Seminoles’ modern success.
Dr. Fox first came to Tallahassee in 1924 when she enrolled at Florida State College for Women from her home in Lakeland. She earned an “F Club” letter in volleyball, basketball, and soccer and graduated from FSCW in 1928. After teaching in Lakeland, she returned to FSCW to teach physical education using sabbatical time, and while teaching at FSU she was on numerous local, state, and national professional committees, including a stint as the president of the National Education Association’s division for girls’ and women’s sport.
She was responsible for and wrote the rulebooks and handbooks on soccer, basketball and folk dance.
In 1947, Dr. Fox was named to the Athletic Committee by the school’s first Athletic Director, Dr. Howard Danforth. Her appointment made her the first female in the country to serve on a committee that governed men’s intercollegiate sports at the 1947 NCAA convention.
Dr. Fox’s leadership made the transition from FSCW to FSU a successful move for the university and her determination and foresight insured the success of the Seminoles on the athletic fields.