Tully Gymnasium has been home to Florida State volleyball for many years. Overall, the friendly confines of the gymnasium have made the Seminoles one of the powerhouse programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as they have accumulated a record of 492-159 (.756) at home since the start of the 1972 season as they enter the 2020-21 campaign.
Since the arrival of head coach Chris Poole in 2008, the Seminoles have dominated their opponents at Tully Gym, posting a 143-25 (.851 winning pct.) mark through the end of the 2019 season. That includes a 37-match overall winning streak (42 vs. ACC opponents) that stretched from a Sept. 7, 2013 win over No. 16 Western Kentucky to a setback against No. 22 Louisville on Nov. 15, 2015.
The facility, constructed in 1956, was named for the late Robert Henry (Bobby) Tully, a 1952 FSU graduate and football player. Active on campus, Tully was a member of Gold Key, ODK, the Arnold Air Society and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He died in May of 1954 after battling illness. With a capacity of 1,162, the gymnasium has undergone several renovations in recent years. Prior to the 2004 season, the playing floor was replaced with a new state-of-the-art Nike Shox floor. New lighting was added before the 1999 season. Most recently in 2011, locker room renovations occurred to add to the facility’s appeal. Tully Gymnasium also features new arena-style padded seating with armrests which were installed to create a more comfortable atmosphere for Seminole fans while watching Florida State volleyball.
On November 2, 2000 in a special ceremony, Florida State dedicated the floor of Tully Gymnasium to Lucy McDaniel, the first woman in the state of Florida to donate more than one million dollars to a women’s athletic program.
The facility became known as the Lucy McDaniel Volleyball Court at Tully Gymnasium prior to the 2001 season, in honor of the wonderful gifts and support that McDaniel has provided to the Lady Seminole volleyball program and Florida State athletics.
The dedication ceremony included an address from former Athletic Director Dave Hart, Jr., as well as an appearance by former University President and Florida State volleyball fan, Sandy D’Alemberte. Former head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud said a few words regarding the magnificent gift, which was followed by a touching tribute by FSU volleyball players Kristin Frye and Martha Hamilton. Frye presented McDaniel with a ball signed by all the players followed by poem written by Hamilton about the relationship of the 2000 squad with McDaniel.
McDaniel first gave $100,000 to endow volleyball scholarships at Florida State and later donated another $50,000 so the team could take a European tour in May of 2000. McDaniel wanted to do more, she asked her accountant to run through her financial statements to see what she would be able to give now and later in her will. After gathering the information from her accountant, she called Seminole Boosters’ Planned Giving Director Joel Padgett and started the process.
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