Feb. 3, 2001
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida State University and the University of Florida have gained national notoriety for the success of their phenomenal football programs. But ask those close to either university, and they will tell you of another sport on their campuses that has achieved record-setting success with a little less national acclaim. The women’s volleyball programs at FSU and UF are led by two women who have become legends on their respective campuses.
In the sixth installment, FLORIDA SPORTS PROFILES features FSU volleyball coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud and Florida volleyball coach Mary Wise, both of whom have built their programs into national powerhouses. The special, entitled “Aces of the Sunshine State,” will premiere Sunday, February 4th at 12 Noon, with encore performances scheduled throughout the month.
Reynaud sat down and talked with Sunshine Network’s Tom Block. In the special, Reynaud discusses the path that brought her to her current position, with help from select colleagues and former players who pay tribute to Reynaud.
Reynaud has been Florida State’s head volleyball coach for the past 25 seasons and is currently the ninth all-time winningest coach in NCAA history. And in this, her silver anniversary at FSU, she was selected for her second ACC Coach of the Year award. Her influence and involvement have spread to international borders as well, as she was chosen Deputy Competition Manager for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
Some of those discussing Reynaud for the show include Florida State president Sandy D’Alemberte, Linda Dollar, Reynaud’s college coach, and former player and current supermodel Gabrielle Reece.
Encore presentations of the one-hour program are scheduled for Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 15 at 1 p.m., March 1 at 8:30 p.m. (in south Florida only), March 4 at 12 Noon and 9 p.m., March 10 at 6 p.m., and March 20 at 11 a.m. The show will be seen statewide in over 5.3 million homes on Sunshine Network.
Sunshine Network is Florida’s largest and leading regional sports network and, with no national sports affiliation, is the state’s only sports network devoting its entire schedule to local programming. For more information of Sunshine Network, visit their website at www.sunshinenetwork.com.