Jan. 21, 2005
When the Florida State men’s basketball team comes away with a victory, much of the credit goes to Leonard Hamilton and the coaching staff. However, getting the Seminoles ready goes well beyond the five coaches as there is a support staff that is doing everything they can to make Florida State a winner.
No member of the support staff is more visible than athletic trainer Sam Lunt as he is the first onto the court when ever a Seminole is injured. In his 21st season at Florida State, Lunt is often one of the first to arrive at the training center before on the game or practice and one of the last one to leave.
Lunt took over the duties with the men’s basketball team in 1988 after joining the training staff full-time in 1986. A 1983 graduate of Miami, he first came to Florida State as a graduate assistant. He got his first full-time job as an assistant at Louisville. Lunt, 43, is married with three children.
Apart from the coaches, no member of the support staff has a greater affect on the Seminoles than strength and conditioning coach Michael Bradley. Bradley oversees all phases of FSU off-season and in-season workouts and is a vital part of the Seminoles’ pregame warm-up.
A 1989 graduate of San Diego State, this is his second stint with coach Hamilton as they worked together in Miami for three years. Bradley spent four seasons at Stanford training the men’s basketball team before reuniting with Hamilton at Florida State in 2002.
Keeping the Seminoles looking their best is equipment manager Shaun Downey. In his third season at Florida State, Downey was the head manager at his alma mater Towson while FSU assistant Mike Jaskulski was the head coach. Prior to joining Florida State in 2002, Downey was the clubhouse manager for the Aberdeen Ironbirds on the New York-Penn League.
If you ever wondered how sportscaster and sportswriters find the obscure facts that they put into their broadcasts and articles, then look no farther than Florida State associate sports information director Chuck Walsh. Along with the production of the school’s 240-page media guide, Walsh produces game notes and coordinates all interview requests among his many duties. A graduate of ACC-rival Maryland, Walsh is in his fifth year at Florida State.
The coaching staff watches hour upon hours of video tape of itself and its opponents and the man who puts it all together for them is video coordinator Martin Unger. The 1997 graduate of Western Carolina, Unger breaks down the film of every Florida State game and practice, while also handling the film exchange with upcoming opponents. Married to the former Heather Kepley and a father of two daughters, Unger is in his fourth season at FSU after working on the men’s basketball staff at Richmond.
Getting the Seminoles to and from their next away game is just one of the many duties handled by director of basketball operations Guy Rancourt. A graduate of Western Connecticut State, Rancourt wears many hats, including fiscal maters, academic development and serving as director of the program’s annual basketball camp. Rancourt is in his second season with the Seminoles after serving as head coach and athletic director at John Jay College.
By Michael Smoose
Florida State Sports Information