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Q&A With Latavia Coleman, ACC Legend

March 5, 2007

Sports Information graduate assistant Maryjane Gardner sat down with Florida State‘s 2007 ACC Legend Latavia Coleman Thursday, March 1st at the Greensboro Coliseum and caught up with the former Seminole.


About Latavia Coleman at FSU:

Four-year starter who lettered for the Seminoles from 1996-2000?a two-time All-ACC second team selection (1998 & 2000)?named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 1996?earned ACC Tournament first team honors in 2000 after averaging 23 points and six rebounds in two games?scored 31 points, a mark that at the time tied for fifth best in single game points in ACC Tournament history, in the come-from-behind win over Maryland in FSU?s first ever victory in the actual ACC Tournament (had won the play-in in 1996)…her 15 field goals in the Maryland win tied an ACC Tournament record?despite missing the majority of her junior year with a torn ACL, still finished her FSU career ranking fifth in points with 1,428 (now ranks sixth), fifth in scoring average at 15.7 points per game and 10th in rebounds with 603 (now ranks 11th).


How does it feel to be an ACC Legend?

“It kind of makes me feel old. It’s awesome, it’s a great honor and I’m enjoying the weekend. It’s great and I’m loving it, taking it all in. I flew in last night and went to the hotel and had nice things waiting for me there and coming to the game today. The main things will be Saturday.”


What are you doing now?

“I’m teaching at the high school I graduated from (Southwest High School in Macon, GA) and coaching the girl’s basketball team. We actually are in the state playoffs right now and we have a game tomorrow.”


What do you think about FSU and where it is heading as a program?

“They are taking off. Coach Sue has done a great job with this program. If we continue what we’re doing and recruiting great players, we are looking for a national championship soon.”


What do you think of Coach Sue as a coach?

“I love her. She’s a great people person and cares about you as a person, not just trying to have great athletes. She is a great role model and a great person. The kids can relate to her, she spends a lot of time taking care of you as a person.”


How did playing at FSU and for Coach Sue prepare you for the future?

“Coach Sue taught me a lot; the little things like being disciplined and being on time. It’s the little necessities that you need in life to work. You have to be on time, be disciplined and you have to do things that you sometimes won’t like. She instilled that in me along with hard work. I learned a lot from her when I was at Florida State.”


Do you model your coaching style after Coach Sue?

“I actually do a lot of my coaching style after her; especially person first, student second and athlete third. I really believe in that and I love that. I teach my kids the same thing and that is why I’m here. I told them that I would miss a game or two games and I asked them what they thought about me coming here and they all said I had to go. They said, `I should be a person first and this is something personal, so we think you should go.'”   


What do you remember about playing in the ACC Tournament?

“I just remember winning our first ACC game. My freshman year when Coach Sue was not there we didn’t win an ACC game at all. I was hurt a lot of years but I just remember at this same coliseum winning our first game. We beat Maryland in the first round. I just remember that was a great game and everyone was so excited. That is my best memory here.”

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