March 29, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
John Marks, the mayor of the city of Tallahassee, will be the featured speaker at the annual Florida State men’s basketball honors banquet at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Thursday, April 6. Head coach Leonard Hamilton and the entire Seminole team will be honored. The Seminoles will honor graduating seniors Todd Galloway, Diego Romero and Andrew Wilson who led the Seminoles to the 2004 and 2006 NIT and to nine victories over nationally ranked teams during their careers.
Marks received his B.S. degree from the Florida State University School of Business in 1969, and obtained his J.D. in 1972 from the FSU College of Law. While at Florida State, Marks’ witnessed the Seminoles first trip to the NCAA Tournament, along with its first trip to the NCAA National Title game. Still as much an avid basketball fan today as he was back then, Marks’ can be found often filling a seat at the Donald L. Tucker Center watching the Seminoles in action.
“It gives me great pleasure and is indeed an honor to be the keynote speaker at this event which honors a program so rich in tradition,” said Marks. “Not only will we celebrate the players’ achievements on the court but their overwhelming success in the class room. The city of Tallahassee is very proud of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and sees a very bright future ahead for this and every Seminole student-athlete.”
During the 2005-2006 season, Florida State advanced to the second round of the NIT and finished with a 20-10 record. It marked only the second time in the last 10 seasons that the Seminoles have won 20 or more games in a single season with 20 wins coming most recently during the 1996-97 season when the Seminoles played in the championship game of the postseason NIT. The Seminoles’ finished the season with a 9-7 record in the ACC with the nine conference wins marking the most in league play for the Seminoles since finishing with a 12-4 record during the 1992-93 season. Florida State’s winning ACC record ended a 12-year streak of losing records in conference play (1993-94 through 2004-05). Florida State’s 6-2 record at home in the ACC was tied for the second best home mark ever – tied with the Seminoles’ 2003-04 team that also finished with a 6-2 mark.
Reservations for the banquet can be made by calling the Chrystal Truesdell in the men’s basketball office at (850) 644-1461.