Troy Cameron joined the Florida State Softball staff for the 2020 season, coming to Tallahassee after seven years as the high school baseball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
During Cameron’s first full season with the Seminoles in 2021, he helped lead them to the Women’s College World Series as they earned a spot in the championship series against Oklahoma. Under his coaching, the Florida State defense recorded 33 double plays in 2021 which led the ACC and was second in the nation. Florida State was in the top-to in 11 different statistical categories, including No. 1 in double plays, fielding percentage, shutouts, stolen bases and walks. The Seminoles finished the season with a 49-13-1 record as they ended the season ranked second in the country.
Thrown into the fire immediately in his first season working in softball, Florida State posted a 17-7 record during the shortened 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as half of the players on the roster were new like him (11-of-22 with six freshmen, three transfers and two redshirt freshmen) and the Seminoles played nearly half of their games against ranked teams (11-of-24). The Noles earned five ranked win on the season, including a pair of wins over No. 1 Alabama, road wins at No. 21 Arkansas and No. 22 UCF, along with a win against No. 19 Baylor. FSU finished in the top 35 of the NCAA in 10 different categories, including ranking fifth in double plays (14), 11th in fielding percentage (.977) and 12th in scoring (6.83 runs per game).
A first-round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 1997 (29th overall), Cameron played nine years of professional baseball with five different organizations – Atlanta, Cleveland, Colorado, Chicago White Sox and San Diego. Cameron signed a national letter of intent to play college baseball at Florida State under Mike Martin, but pursued professional baseball out of high school after he was drafted in the first round.
Cameron reunited with FSU assistant coach Travis Wilson, as the pair made their professional baseball debuts in Rookie League together with the Danville Braves in 1997. Cameron and Wilson were roommates, as well as teammates, for five different seasons within the Braves organization through Rookie, A and A+ ball from 1997-2001.
Through his nine seasons of professional baseball as an infielder, advancing to AAA with the Portland Beavers, Cameron posted a career batting average of .238 with 782 hits, 178 doubles, 26 triples, 122 home runs, 477 RBI and 496 runs scored.
Along with being the coach of St. Thomas Aquinas, he has worked with USA Baseball in numerous capacities since 2013, including as an assistant on the 15U National Team in 2017, which won the gold medal at the Pan Am Championships and currently as the manager of the 2019 15U National Team, that will compete at the 2019 Pan Am Championships in Mexico in September.
At the helm of the STA Raiders, Cameron was named the District Coach of the Year in all seven seasons (2013-19), led the Raiders to District Championships and the Regional semifinals each year, including two regional championships (2013 & 2018) and the 2018 FHSAA 8A State Championship. He has coached seven players that have been drafted and are currently playing professional baseball, as well as 49 players that have gone to play college baseball, with 22 at the Division I level.
A graduate of Florida Atlantic in 2012, Cameron has worked in insurance along with coaching baseball at St. Thomas Aquinas. Cameron is married to his wife Lauren, and they have a daughter Jaden and a son Crew.