Florida State Seminoles
|Florida State Seminoles|
|University||Florida State University|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|NCAA||Division I FBS|
|Athletic director||Stan Wilcox|
|Varsity teams||20 (9 men's, 11 women's)|
|Football stadium||Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Donald L. Tucker Center|
|Baseball stadium||Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium|
|Soccer stadium||Seminole Soccer Complex|
|Other arenas||JoAnne Graf Field
Mcintosh Track and Field Building
Don Veller Seminole Golf Course
Sand Volleyball Courts
Speicher Tennis Center
Morcom Aquatics Center
|Symbol||Osceola and Renegade|
|Fight song||Florida State University Fight Song|
The Florida State Seminoles are the athletic teams representing Florida State University located in Tallahassee, Florida. They compete as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level (Football Bowl Subdivision sub-level for football), primarily competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for all sports since the 1991–92 season; within the Atlantic Division in any sports split into a divisional format since the 2005-06 season.
The Seminoles athletic department fields 20 teams. They have collectively won 17 team national championships, and over 100 team conference championships, as well as numerous individual national and conference titles.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Championships
- 3 National team championships
- 4 Varsity sports
- 4.1 Baseball
- 4.2 Basketball
- 4.3 Cross country
- 4.4 Football
- 4.5 Cheerleading
- 4.6 Golf
- 4.7 Women's soccer
- 4.8 Softball
- 4.9 Swimming and diving
- 4.10 Tennis
- 4.11 Track and field
- 4.12 Volleyball
- 5 Non-varsity sports
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 2006-2010 NCAA penalties
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Florida State Athletics began in 1902 when the then Florida State College football teams played three seasons. The 1905 Buckman Act reorganized the existing seven Florida colleges into three institutions, segregated by race and gender. As a result of this reorganization, the coeducational Florida State College was renamed the Florida State College for Women. The Florida State University became a co-ed institution in 1947 with most of the newly enrolled male students back from service in World War II. The "Seminoles" name, chosen by students in a 1947 vote, alludes to Florida's Seminole people who in the early nineteenth century resisted efforts of the United States government to remove them from Florida. Since 1978 the teams have been represented by the symbols Osceola and Renegade. The symbol represents an actual historical figure, Seminole war leader Osceola, whose clothing represents appropriate period dress. The athletic logo, in use since the early 1970s, shows a profile of a shouting Seminole warrior in circle. The model for the logo was Florida State music faculty member Thomas Wright, composer of the Florida State University Fight Song and Victory Song. The use of names and images associated with Seminole history is officially sanctioned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Athletic programs quickly resumed and Florida State fielded its first football team in 43 years with FSU facing Stetson on October 18, 1947.
Florida State was a founding member of the Dixie Conference in 1948 when other southern institutions seeking to create a "purely amateur" athletic conference based on the principle of complete amateurism, with no athletic scholarships. Three years later FSU left the conference to become an independent, having won 3 football, and 2 Men's Track and Field Conference Titles.
In 1976 Florida State joined the Metro Conference in all sports except football, which remained independent. The Metro Conference never sponsored football in the first place. For fifteen years Florida State competed and won 47 conference titles as well as a women's golf National Title, two Softball National Titles and two women's Track and Field National Titles. At the beginning of the 1992 academic fall term Florida State joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Since the 1991–1992 academic year, Florida State has been a member of the ACC. In 1993, 1999, and 2013 FSU Football won the National Championships. The Men's track and Field team have won three consecutive national titles since 2006. After the 2005 conference expansion was complete FSU was placed in the newly formed Atlantic Division. In the 2005 Inaugural ACC Football Championship game FSU defeated Virginia Tech 27–22.
In 2012, Florida State fielded their first Sand Volleyball team.
Florida State's school colors of garnet and gold are a merging of the University's past. In 1904 and 1905 the Florida State College won football championships wearing purple and gold uniforms. When FSC became Florida State College for Women in 1905, the FSCW student body selected crimson as the official school color. The administration in 1905 took crimson and combined it with the recognizable purple of the championship football teams to achieve the color garnet. The now-famous garnet and gold colors were first used on an FSU uniform in a 14–6 loss to Stetson on October 18, 1947.
On April 11, 2014, as part of the university's 'Ignition Tradition' rebranding of the program, white and black were added to the official school colors. The addition of the two colors is to better represent the colors present on the flag of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Men's Intercollegiate Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Sports
Florida State University has invested and continues to invest largely in the athletic centers and facilities around campus. The most visible stadium is Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium which is surrounded by the University Center, which houses the university administration, several colleges and departments.
- The Coyle E. Moore Athletic Center is located on the north side of the University Center and is the center of Florida State Athletics and it's 400-plus student-athletes. It is home to the Athletics Administration and support staff and houses the Executive Staff, Business Office, Computer Information Services, Coaches' Video, Seminole Productions, College of Communication faculty offices and student edit rooms, Academic Support, Student Services, Compliance, Sports Information, Digital Media, Marketing and Promotions, Facilities and Event Management, classrooms, a dining facility with a full service kitchen, and a mailroom. Initially built in the 1950s as a football field house, the original infrastructure of the athletic center plumbing, sewage, and air-conditioning had become inadequate to the demands placed upon it by far more student-athletes and staff than it was designed for. In 2004, the Moore Building underwent an overhaul makeover to match the appearance of the rest of the University Center with a more efficient floor plan to allow for more room for growth. The new facility caters to the student athlete's needs by housing a dining hall, a 15,000 square foot training and rehab facility, and a more than 8,000 square foot tutorial and study hall space. A multi-purpose theater for team meetings, press conferences, and symposiums is also located on the first floor of the Moore Athletic Center. The main level showcases Florida State's talented student-athletes with wall-to-wall vibrant memories of historic Seminole seasons and athletic achievements, including the 1993 and 1999 football national championships. In an effort to enhance the studies of Florida State students, there is also a designated space for athletic-training curriculum and a studio provided for the College of Communication students to gain hands on experience producing work for Seminole athletics.
Bill Harkins Field at the Manley R. Whitcomb Band Complex
- Bill Harkins Field at the Manley R. Whitcomb Band Complex is an artificial turf with rubber fill field built near the Flying High Circus on Chieftain Way. The field is an exact replica of what Bobby Bowden field looked like on game days at the time of the field's construction. Since then several alterations have been made to the actual field. Bill Harkins, head coach of the men's lacrosse team from 2004-2013, donated $350,000 towards the construction of the new field. Previously the space was a grassy field that often alternated between dusty and muddy. The Florida State University Marching Chiefs have primary use of the field and use it for their daily practices. The football team and lacrosse teams have secondary use of the field with the lacrosse team using the field for practices and games. The football team sometimes uses the practice field in anticipation of games at stadiums with artificial turf.
- The stadium, named after FSU President Doak Campbell, hosted its first game against the Randolph-Macon College Yellowjackets on October 7, 1950 with the Seminoles winning the game 40–7. At that time the facility had a seating capacity of 15,000. Florida State began to play at Centennial Field during the team's 1947 season and would continue to play there for the following two years (1948 and 1949). Florida State College – FSU predecessor institution – also fielded teams from 1902–1904 (precise location of where games were played is not documented). Doak Campbell Stadium, with its original capacity of 15,000 in 1950, was built at a cost of $250,000. In 1954, the stadium grew to a capacity of 19,000. Six thousand more seats were added in 1961. During the Bill Peterson era (1960–70), the stadium was expanded to 40,500 seats, and it remained at that capacity for the next 14 years. Since that time, the stadium has expanded to 82,300, largely in part to the success of the football team under head coach Bobby Bowden coupled with the ever growing student body. It now is the largest football stadium in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Aesthetically, a brick facade surrounding the stadium matches the architectural design of most of the buildings on the university's campus. In addition to the obvious recreational uses, The University Center surrounds the stadium and houses many of the university's offices. The field was officially named Bobby Bowden field on November 20, 2004 as Florida State hosted intrastate rival Florida.
- The Donald L. Tucker Center is the home for Seminole basketball is named in honor of Donald L. Tucker, Esq., a former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and Special Ambassador for the United States to the Dominican Republic. Prior to the 2000-01 basketball season, the center completed an expansion project which began in October of 1998 in which 34 luxury suites and 468 club seats at mid-level in the arena were added. In addition, the upper level seating was configured to offer better viewing and additional concession stands and restrooms were added. The Spotlight Grill, a 450-seat arena-view restaurant includes an outdoor patio and ledge seating for viewing arena events. The multi-purpose facility, which opened its doors in 1981, covers over 22 acres in the heart of Tallahassee's downtown district. The Civic Center is only two blocks from the Capitol building and is just across the street from FSU's nationally-acclaimed Law School and Center for Professional Development. The complex covers over 18,000 square feet with 119-foot ceilings in the main arena. The Tucker Center is actually three different areas combined under one roof. The main arena, where FSU hosts its home games. The Exhibition Hall, which joins the main arena via a hallway, can seat 5,000 for an event or serve as an indoor display area. The complex also features a terrace, which is popular for outdoor hosting.
- The 40,000 square foot Florida State Basketball Training Center is attached to the Donald L. Tucker Center and is one of the nation's top basketball-only facilities. The $10 million facility opened in April of 2002 is home to the Seminole men's and women's basketball programs and is truly a first class facility for its players and coaching staff. It provides a permanent home for the Seminoles to practice, hold meetings and watch film. The Seminoles have their own practice floor, locker rooms, coaches' offices, meeting and film rooms, an expansive player's lounge, a tradition room and offices for support staff.
- The Don Veller Seminole Golf course was originally built in 1962, later redesigned in 2004 and is home to the Seminoles' practice greens, training center and the Dave Middleton Golf Center. The golf center houses the SGC clubhouse and is also the location of the team's private facilities. Florida State golfers enjoy a comfortable team room, on course workout facility and state of the art training center. The team room / facility is utilized for team meetings, as a study area between classes and practices and as a lounge when the team is not on the course. Don Veller Seminole Golf Course is a unique and challenging golf course in the heart of Tallahassee. The course is Par 72 of 6,940 yards with a 73.4 course rating. Here, championship conditions, impeccable services and premier amenities come together in a golf experience certain to entertain players of all ages and abilities. The Don Veller Seminole Golf Course & Club is owned and operated by Florida State University and is open to the public.
- The Florida State Soccer/Softball Complex was opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, April 17, 1999. The event, which was held in conjunction with Florida State's 30th Anniversary of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Spring Celebration. JoAnne Graf Field hosted back-to-back NCAA Regionals in 2001 and 2002 and then again in 2004 and 2009. Known as one of NCAA softball's best venues, JoAnne Graf Field is a modernized field of play that caters quite well to student-athletes, coaches, fans and other spectators. Since opening in 1999, Florida State has played to the venue's home-field advantage. The Seminoles have recorded 384 victories in their 15 years at JoAnne Graf Field. Two major changes were made to the complex in the mid 2000s. On April 2, 2005, former university president Dr. T.K. Wetherell and former Athletics Director, Dave Hart, officially renamed the softball stadium "JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex." She joined Bob Heck at Georgia State as the only two active softball coaches with fields named after them. It was only fitting that one day later Graf crossed the 1,300-win plateau with a 5-2 triumph over Virginia Tech. In the fall of 2006, the stadium got a facelift as a Florida State unveiled a brand new video scoreboard for the 2007 season. The team building underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to the second floor which began in October 2008. The expansion to the second floor now includes new offices, a team meeting room, tradition space for both softball and soccer and a player lounge. In 2011 when a new indoor batting facility was constructed. Approaching nearly 12,000 square feet, the brand-new feature is unique and aesthetically pleasing. It is a two-story facility that includes a large bullpen, hitting nets and a wide area on the top floor for stretching and other softball activities. Another recent addition to the field was the installation of new wall padding in 2013. Improvements to every aspect of the complex are constantly developing as Florida State softball strives to keep itself among the elite in terms of its facilities and amenities.
- Tully Gymnasium has been home to Florida State volleyball for many years. The facility, which was 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.
- In 2012, Florida State started intercollegiate competition in beach volleyball, which the NCAA then called "sand volleyball". Beach volleyball courts were constructed adjacent to Mike Long Track and the soccer training fields.
- Named after Florida State's first track and field head coach, the complex has attracted some of the top meets in the nation. Mike Long Track and the City of Tallahassee played host to the USA Track and Field National Junior Championships in 1988 and the AAU National Championships in 1991. Florida State and Mike Long Track also hosted the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1992 and 2005. The USA Track and Field National Junior Championships returned ti Mike Long Track in the Summer of '94. The British Olympic Team, who trained in Tallahassee for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, used the facility for all their track and field practices and workouts over the summer. The Florida State track and field team has been calling Mike Long Track home now for 53 years. The 2003 season marked the unveiling of Mike Long Track's brand new track, complete with a new surface, wider lanes, faster turns and a larger infield area for hosting field events. Seating capacity was also expanded to accommodate 1,500 spectators. The competition areas were resurfaced before the start of the 2008 season. In the spring of 2008 the newest addition to the facility, an 18,000-foot expansion gave the center a total space of 22,000 square feet. The improvements benefit not only the track and field/cross country programs, but also volleyball, soccer, softball and tennis student-athletes. The expanded center includes locker rooms, student-athlete lounges, medical preparation areas, coaches' offices and a conference room.
- Located on the campus of Florida State University, Dick Howser Stadium is named after the late Kansas City Royals and Florida State manager who was also Florida State's first-ever baseball All-American. The stadium was dedicated in honor of Dick Howser in March of 1988 prior to an exhibition game between Florida State and the Kansas City Royals, two of Howser's former teams. As part of the stadium dedication, Kansas City all-stars George Brett and Bo Jackson helped unveil a bronze bust of Howse in Haggard Baseball Plaza. A two-year, $12 million project was completed in 2004 and stadium capacity increased to 6,700. On April 2, 2005 Florida State University dedicated the field at Dick Howser to current head coach Mike Martin. Florida State's skipper for the last 30 years now coaches on the diamond bearing his name, Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
- In 2008 Florida State opened the new $10.5 million Morcom Aquatic Center. The state-of-the-art facility is located on the Southwest Campus next to the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. The main pool features up to 30 practice lanes and maintains a temperature of 80 degrees. FSU swims in the same pool that hosted the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The diving well features two one-meter and two three-meter springboards as well as one, three, five, seven-and-a-half and 10 meter platforms. The platforms are 10 feet wide making them the widest in the nation. The diving pool is kept temperature controlled at 82 degrees and also features a compression bubble used to soften a divers impact during entry while practicing platform dives. Divers will also be able to practice their dives using the dryland equipment which includes two springboards attached to an intricate rope and pulley system and a trampoline. Locker rooms and coaches offices are located in the adjoined 10,000 square-foot building, which house the athletes equipment and coaching staff.
- The Speicher Tennis Center was named in honor of Lieutenant Commander Michael Scott Speicher, a graduate of Florida State University. Speicher was considered the first American casualty during Operation Desert Storm, but was later reclassified by the United State's government as missing in action in 2001 and missing or captured a year later. However, in 2009 Speicher's remains were found in the Anbar province of Iraq after a nearly 20-year search. The Scott Speicher family was later honored by Florida State at a home football game with a missing man formation flyover from the Navy. By Presidential directive, the facility bears the name the "Scott Speicher Tennis Center." In 1947, Loucks became Florida State's first basketball coach and a year later was named the school's first tennis coach. His tennis team was the first athletic team. The varsity tennis courts were named for Loucks in 1981. He served as Dean of men from 1957-1967 and was known as a servant of leadership, service and devotion to many worthy causes. With the first stage of construction completed in the summer of 1993, the Scott Speicher Tennis Center at the Donald Loucks Courts opened its gates to the public for the first time at a Children's Miracle Network charity tournament. Since then, many successful tournaments including the 1996 NCAA Women's Championships and 2007-2010 NCAA Regionals have graced the courts at one of Florida State University's premier athletic facilities. Through its 18 year existence, the Scott Speicher Tennis Center at the Donald Loucks Courts has served as the home courts for all Florida State men's and women's home dual matches, the annual Seminole Fall Classics, City of Tallahassee tennis championships, various USTA regional and zonal tournaments, the 1994 and 1995 Men's Intercollegiate tournament and the annual Children's Miracle Network Charity Invitational benefiting Shands Hospital in Gainesville. The tennis center has also been the site for the ITA Summer Circuit for men's and women's tennis in which high school and collegiate athletes participate in singles and double matches.
- Located on the Southwest Campus, the Indoor Tennis Facility was completed in April of 2011 adjacent to the aquatics center, Seminole golf course and the engineering buildings. The multimillion dollar Indoor practice facility serves as an additional playing arena for the Florida State tennis teams. Since the completion in spring of 2011, the facility has served as both a site for training and competition. The building hosts six regulation courts, locker rooms, athletic training room, equipment room, office and lobby . With this new facility, both Seminole Tennis teams are equipped with the tools to host both regional and national championships now and in the future. For the next phase, plans are in place to add spectator seating, team lounges, extended locker rooms, offices and a press box. Besides use from the tennis programs the Multi-Purpose Educational Facility is used for academic classes, clinics and camps. The facility is the only indoor tennis facility approved for college competition in the state of Florida and only one of a few in the southeast.
- In the spring of 1998, Florida State's dream of a new complex started to become a reality, as ground was broken for the new facility and construction began. Although the new facility was not completed, the Seminoles began playing on their new field in the fall of 1998. The 1999 season marked the first full season in the new 1,600 seat Seminole Soccer Complex, which is regarded as one of the nation's best with its new top-playing surface. The two-level Mary Ann Stiles & Barry Smith Team Building houses the coaches' offices which overlook the soccer field, a reception area, a combined workroom, large team and coaches locker rooms, visiting team locker rooms and training and equipment rooms. The team building will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation to the second floor beginning in October of 2008 with an expected completion date in June 2009. The expansion to the second floor will include new offices, a team meeting room, tradition space for both sports and a player lounge. Although the Seminole Soccer Complex is still one of the newest facilities on the Florida State campus, FSU's commitment to the success of the soccer program continues to show with the latest upgrade to the facility. Florida State unveiled a brand new video scoreboard in 2006. The Seminole Soccer Complex now has a capacity of 2,000.
- Directors' Cup
Florida State Athletics has made great strides in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) standings in the last twenty years. Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, FSU has been ranked among the top fifty NCAA Division I athletic programs in the country. Since the 2006-2007 academic year, Florida State has cracked the top 15 including two top 5 finishes in 2009-2010 and 2011-2012.
NACDA All-Sports Rankings
Florida State' maintains two traditional rivals in all sports with the University of Florida Gators and the University of Miami Hurricanes. Florida State University is the only school in the State of Florida to play both the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators year in and year out in all sports. Most notably is the football rivalry with the Gators who hold a 34–24–2 all-time lead against the Seminoles. This is due to the series beginning with Florida dominating for the first few years of the rivalry, but since then it has been more balanced and most of the games have been close. In the past forty meetings FSU has gone 21-18-1. The Florida State-Miami rivalry dates to 1951, when the Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles 35–13 in their inaugural meeting. The schools have played uninterrupted since 1966, with Miami holding the all-time advantage, 31–29. Florida State holds a 9–3 advantage since the Hurricanes became a conference foe in 2004.
Florida State recently developed a rivalry with the Atlantic Division foe Clemson Tigers. Florida State leads the all-time series 20–9. The rivalry began when Bobby Bowden's son Tommy faced his father in their first meeting in 1999. This was the first time in Division I-A history that a father and a son met as opposing head coaches in a football game. During the time Tommy coached at Clemson the game was known as the "Bowden Bowl". Bobby won the series in the 9 years it played before Tommy's resignation, going 5–4. In the post "Bowden Bowl" era Florida State has maintained a 5-3 advantage in games played with a lone win at Death Valley in 2013.
Florida State University was founded with money donated by Francis Eppes VII, a grandson of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (1801–1809), principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and founder of the University of Virginia. As a result, both teams play for the Jefferson-Eppes trophy in football. With the recent realignment of the divisions in the Atlantic Coast Conference the Florida State Seminoles found themselves in one division and the Virginia Cavaliers in another.
|Sport||Conference||Championship Years||Number of Championships|
|Baseball||Atlantic Coast Conference||1995, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2015||6|
|Baseball||Metro Conference||1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991||12|
|Baseball||Florida Intercollegiate||1956, 1957||2|
|Baseball, Regular Season||Metro Conference||1986, 1989, 1990, 1991||4|
|Baseball, Regular Season||Atlantic Coast Conference||1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2012||8|
|Basketball (Men)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2012||1|
|Basketball (Men)||Metro Conference||1991||1|
|Basketball (Men)||Florida Intercollegiate||1955||1|
|Basketball (Men), Regular Season||Dixie Conference||1951||1|
|Basketball (Men), Regular Season||Florida Intercollegiate||1955||1|
|Basketball (Men), Regular Season||Metro Conference||1978, 1989||2|
|Basketball (Women)||Metro Conference||1991||1|
|Basketball (Women), Regular Season||Atlantic Coast Conference||2009, 2010||2|
|Basketball (Women), Regular Season||Metro Conference||1991||1|
|Cross Country (Men)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2010||1|
|Cross Country (Men)||Metro Conference||1978, 1979, 1982||3|
|Cross Country (Women)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013||7|
|Football||Atlantic Coast Conference||1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014||15|
|Football||Dixie Conference||1948, 1949, 1950||3|
|Golf (Men)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2008||1|
|Golf (Men)||Metro Conference||1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990||13|
|Golf (Men)||Dixie Conference||1950||1|
|Golf (Women)||Metro Conference||1988, 1989, 1991||3|
|Indoor Track and Field (Men)||Atlantic Coast Conference||1994, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014||11|
|Indoor Track and Field (Women)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2009, 2014||2|
|Outdoor Track and Field (Men)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015||12|
|Outdoor Track and Field (Women)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2000, 2009, 2014||3|
|Outdoor Track and Field (Men)||Metro Conference||1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991||15|
|Outdoor Track and Field (Men)||Southeastern Independent||1972, 1973, 1974||3|
|Outdoor Track and Field (Men)||Dixie Conference||1950, 1951||2|
|Outdoor Track and Field (Women)||Metro Conference||1989, 1990, 1991||3|
|Soccer (Women)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2011, 2013, 2014, 2015||4|
|Soccer (Women), Regular Season||Atlantic Coast Conference||2009, 2012, 2014||3|
|Softball||Atlantic Coast Conference||1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2014, 2015||13|
|Softball, Regular Season||Atlantic Coast Conference||1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2014, 2015||14|
|Swimming and Diving (Men)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2007||1|
|Swimming and Diving (Women)||Atlantic Coast Conference||2006||1|
|Swimming and Diving (Women)||Metro Conference||1991||1|
|Tennis (Men)||Metro Conference||1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988||5|
|Tennis (Men)||Dixie Conference||1949, 1950, 1951||3|
|Tennis (women)||Metro Conference||1981, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1991||5|
|Volleyball||Atlantic Coast Conference||1998, 2009, 2011, 2012||4|
|Volleyball||Metro Conference||1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989||6|
- Total Conference Championships (167)
- Atlantic Coast Conference (83)
- Metro Conference (68)
- Dixie Conference (10)
- Southeastern Independent (3)
- Florida Intercollegiate Conference (3)
|Sport||Division||Championship Years||Number of Championships|
|Baseball||ACC Atlantic||2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014||8|
|Football||ACC Atlantic||2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014||6|
National team championships
Florida State has won 7 NCAA national team championships:
The following 10 national championships were bestowed by others; the NCAA does not award college football national championships at the Division I-FBS level.
- Men's (6)
- Football (3): 1993, 1999, 2013
- Volleyball (3): 1955, 1957, 1958
- Women's (4)
- Cheerleading (1): 1997
- Golf (1): 1981 (AIAW)
- Slow-Pitch Softball (2): 1981, 1982 (AIAW)
|Mike Martin||37th Season|
|J. D. Drew||1997|
Seminole baseball is one of the most successful collegiate baseball programs in the United States having been to 21 College World Series in 53 Tournament appearances, and having appeared in the national championship final on three occasions (falling to the University of Southern California Trojans in 1970, the University of Arizona Wildcats in 1986, and the University of Miami Hurricanes in 1999).
Under the command of Head Coach No. 11 Mike Martin (FSU 1966), Florida State is the second-winningest program in the history of college baseball. Since 1990, FSU has had more 50 win seasons, headed to more NCAA Tournaments and finished in the top 10 more than any team in the country. Since 2000, FSU is the winningest program in college baseball with more victories and a higher winning percentage in the regular season than any other school. Despite their success, Florida State is still chasing their first CWS Championship.
Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium
The home court for the men and women basketball teams of Florida State University is the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida State's basketball program has enjoyed modest success since their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 1968. Over the last forty years, the Seminoles have played for the national title in the NCAA championship game in 1972, advanced to the Sweet 16 round in 1992 and 2011, and the Elite Eight round in 1993.
The Tucker Center has 34 luxury suites, 468 club seats as well as a 450-seat arena-view restaurant. A four-sided Megavision video display is located in the center of the arena
Florida State is one of only two ACC schools that have had at least one player selected in each of the last five NBA Drafts. Hearing their names called on recent draft days were Tim Pickett by the New Orleans Hornets in 2004, Von Wafer by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005, Alexander Johnson by the Indiana Pacers in 2006, Al Thornton by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007, Toney Douglas by the Los Angeles Lakers (then traded to the New York Knicks) in 2009, Solomon Alabi by the Dallas Mavericks (then traded to the Toronto Raptors) in 2010 and Ryan Reid by the Indiana Pacers (then traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder) in 2010. A total of 37 Seminoles have been selected in the NBA Draft including seven first round picks. Among those first round selections are Dave Cowens, one of the greatest centers in NBA history, and George McCloud, the first lottery selection in school history. Today, two Seminoles are on NBA rosters.
Like the Florida State men's team, the Seminole women's team plays its basketball in the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU has seen recent success under head coach Sue Semrau. In the 2004–05, 2005–06, and 2006–07 seasons, FSU recorded 20 or more wins, finished 4th in the ACC regular season standings, and advanced to the NCAA Women's Tournament each year. In the 2005–06 season, FSU entered the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for the first time at No. 19. The Seminoles earned a No. 6 seed in the 2005–06 NCAA Women's Tournament. In the 2006–07 season, Florida State advanced to its first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in school history with a 68–61 victory at Stanford. In 2010, the Seminoles made it to the Elite Eight round, the deepest advance in the tournament in program history, matching that run in 2015.
Men's cross country
The men's cross country team is coached by track & field coach Bob Braman. Bob Braham is currently is his 16th year tenure as coach of cross country at Florida State University.
Women's cross country
The women's cross country team is coached by Kelly Phillips.
|Jimbo Fisher||6th Season|
In 1902, the Florida State College in Tallahassee fielded its first varsity football team. The FSC program posted a record of 7–6–1 over the next three seasons, including a record of 3–1 against their rivals from the old University of Florida (formerly known as Florida Agricultural College) in Lake City. In 1904, the Florida State College football team became the first-ever state champions of Florida after beating both the University of Florida and Stetson University. In 1905, however, the Florida Legislature reorganized the state's higher education system by abolishing the existing state-supported colleges, and creating the new University of the State of Florida in Gainesville, and the new Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee. Many former Florida State College male students transferred to the new University of the State of Florida (renamed the University of Florida in 1909).
Following World War II, Florida State College for Women became coeducational and was renamed Florida State University in 1947, and the school once again started a football team. After its first season, FSU joined the Dixie Conference, which it won in each of the three years it was a member. It withdrew from the conference in 1951 and competed as an independent team for the next forty years.
Under head coach Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles football team became one of the nation's most competitive football teams, greatly expanding the tradition of football at Florida State. The Seminoles played in five national championship games between 1993 and 2001, and have claimed the championship three times, in 1993, 1999, and 2013. The FSU football team was the most successful team in college football during the 1990s, boasting an 89% winning percentage. FSU also set an NCAA record for most consecutive Top 5 finishes in the AP football poll – receiving placement 14 years in a row, from 1987 to 2000. The Seminoles were the first college football team in history to go wire-to-wire (ranked first place from preseason to postseason) since the AP began releasing preseason rankings in 1936. FSU also owns the record for most consecutive Bowl game victories with 11 between 1985 and 1996. The Seminole Football team has also won eighteen conference championships in the Dixie and Atlantic Coast. The Seminoles are currently coached by Jimbo Fisher.
Florida State's football program has produced many players who go on to NFL careers, including Fred Biletnikoff, Deion Sanders, Terrell Buckley, Derrick Brooks, Sebastian Janikowski, Walter Jones, Corey Simon, Anquan Boldin, Javon Walker, Warrick Dunn, Peter Boulware, Laveranues Coles, Brad Johnson, Samari Rolle, Christian Ponder and many others.
For Florida State Football, "sod games" and the Sod Cemetery have been a rich part of the Seminoles college football history, commemorating many of the greatest victories. Away from home and against the odds, Florida State sod games represent the most difficult battles on the football field. The Sod Cemetery stands as a tribute to those triumphs.
In 1962, as the Seminoles completed their Thursday practice in preparation to face Georgia at Sanford Stadium, Dean Coyle Moore – a long-time professor and member of FSU's athletic board – issued a challenge: "Bring back some sod from between the hedges at Georgia." On Saturday, October 20, the Seminoles scored an 18-0 victory over the favored Bulldogs. Team captain Gene McDowell pulled a small piece of grass from the field, which was presented to Moore at the next football practice. Moore and FSU coach Bill Peterson had the sod buried on the practice field as a symbol of victory. A monument was placed to commemorate the triumph and the tradition of the sod game was born.
Before leaving for all road games in which Florida State is the underdog, all road games at the University of Florida and all ACC championship and bowl games, Seminole captains gather their teammates to explain the significance of the tradition. Victorious captains return with a piece of the opponent's turf to be buried in the Sod Cemetery inside the gates of the practice field.
Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium
The stadium, named after former Florida State President Doak S. Campbell, hosted its first game against the Randolph-Macon College Yellowjackets on October 7, 1950 with the Seminoles winning the game 40–7. At that time the facility had a seating capacity of 15,000. Florida State began to play at Centennial Field during the team's inaugural 1947 season and would continue to play there for the following two years (1948 and 1949). The stadium has expanded numerous times; from 15,000 seats to 19,000 in 1954, to 25,000 in 1961 and to 40,500 between the years 1960 and 1970. Since that time, the stadium has expanded to almost 83,000, largely in part to the success of the football team under head coach Bobby Bowden coupled with the ever growing student body. It now is the largest football stadium in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the fourteenth largest stadium in the NCAA.
The University Center
Doak Campbell Stadium is a unique venue in collegiate football. It is contained within the brick facade walls of University Center, a vast complex that houses the offices of the University, the Registrar, School of Hospitality as well as numerous other offices and classrooms.
The University Center A (East wing)
Building A houses the offices of the Registrar, Financial Aid, Admissions and Dean of Students. The Career Center is also located here until it is moved to the new Student Success Center. The Award Winning Film School is Located in the 2nd wing of Building A. The top two floors are home to Skyboxes
The University Center B (South Wing)
Building B holds the Seminole Sportshop as well as Visitor Services. UCB is also home to the University Center Club and to the Osceola Sports Grill, the ultimate way to watch a Seminole Football game. The highly ranked Dedman School of Hospitality is located on the second floor of Building B.
The University Center C (West Wing)
Building C is home to the College of Communication, Florida State Testing Center as well as the College of Social Work. The Athletics Ticket office is also located here as are many of the offices of Seminole Boosters. Floor nine is home to the Press Boxes with two floors of Skyboxes below.
Moore Athletic Center (University Center D)
Located on the North Side of Doak Campbell, the athletic center houses nearly all of the athletic offices as well as some classrooms and lecture halls. Visitors are welcomed into the Great Hall showcasing the best of Seminole Athletics. The three National Championship Football trophies are on display for all to see.
|Staci Sutton||Coed/All-Girl Squads|
|Shannon Dobbins||Golden Girls|
|Natasha Goodman||Stunt Team|
The Florida State cheerleaders cheer at all football games as well as home basketball and volleyball games. The Seminoles won the National Cheerleaders Association championship in 1997. The dance team that performs at football and basketball games is known as the Golden Girls.
|Trey Jones||12th Season|
The Florida State Seminoles men's golf team, coached by Trey Jones, has made twenty-eight NCAA tournament appearances including twenty-two national championship appearances and fourteen regionals. Florida State has won thirteen conference championships. The Seminoles have appeared in eight straight NCAA tournaments and were the top seed in the 2015 tournament, a year in which they won a school record four straight in-season tournaments.
|Amy Bond||6th Season|
The Florida State Seminoles women's golf team, coached by Amy Bond, has made eight AIWA tournament appearances, twenty-two NCAA tournament appearances including eight national championship appearances and nineteen regionals. Florida State has won three conference championships. The Seminoles have appeared in ten straight NCAA tournaments.
|Mark Krikorian||11th Season|
Since adding soccer as a sport, Florida State has made sixteen appearances in the NCAA tournament and nine appearances in the College Cup. The Seminoles won the national championship in 2014.
Seminole Soccer Complex
In 1998, FSU built a state-of-the-art soccer and softball complex. The 1,600-seat stadium is only for the women's soccer team since FSU doesn't field a men's soccer or lacrosse team. Florida State's women's soccer team is 132-33-9 at home.
The Seminole softball team plays at the Seminole Softball Complex; the field is named for JoAnne Graf, the winningest coach in softball history. Following the program's 25th 40-win season in 2006, Graf's 1,355 total wins are 149 ahead of the next closest coach. An 8–1 victory over Jacksonville on February 22, 2006, made her only the second coach in NCAA history to record 1,100 NCAA fast-pitch wins. In 1999, Florida State received a state-of-the-art softball complex, which also houses the Seminole soccer stadium.
|Lonni Alameda||8th Season|
|Jessica van der Linden||2004|
Florida State's accomplishments include two AIAW national championships, eight trips to the Women's College World Series, 28 NCAA Tournaments, 27 All-Americans, and 13 conference titles.
For over two decades, FSU has been one of the most dominant softball programs in the history of collegiate softball. Only five teams in the history of the NCAA have been to more WCWS than Florida State and no school east of Arizona has been to more NCAA Tournaments than the Seminoles. Florida State has made a regional appearance every year since 2000. The Tribe has never endured a losing season and have achieved 32 forty-win seasons.
In 2015, Lacey Waldrop and Maddie O'Brien became the first players from the school to be drafted into the National Pro Fastpitch league.
JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex
- Field Dimensions
- 200' – right and left field
- 220' – center field
JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex is state of the art in every facet and provides Florida State softball players with an all-inclusive complex that includes locker rooms, meeting rooms and one of the best playing surfaces anywhere in the country.
Florida State has posted 217 wins in its eight years at the complex. Even more impressive, FSU has gone 164–36 at the complex the last six years for an amazing .820 winning percentage. The complex was also featured in Athletic Business Magazine's 2002 Architectural Showcase.
Florida State's dream of a new, state-of-the-art softball complex became reality when ground was broken in a ceremony in the spring of 1998. Construction workers worked continuously to complete the facility, which also houses the Seminole soccer stadium. The result was the creation of one of the nation's premier collegiate softball and soccer facilities. The complex, which was completed in the spring of 1999, includes ticket and concessions buildings and spacious press boxes with radio/television booths. The two-level Mary Ann Stiles & Barry Smith Team Building features a reception area, softball and soccer coaches offices, which overlook their respective stadiums, a combined workroom, large team and coaches locker rooms and training and equipment rooms.
On April 2, 2005, university president Dr. T.K. Wetherell and Dave Hart officially renamed the softball stadium "JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex." She joins Bob Heck of Georgia State as the only two active softball coaches with fields named after them. The stadium got a facelift as a Florida State will unveil a brand new video scoreboard for the 2007 season. The board uses the same technology that is used at most outdoor professional stadiums. The ProStar is capable of displaying video clips, live video, animation, player head shots, graphics and statistics in 4.3 trillion colors.
The Seminole Softball/Soccer Complex is located in between the Dick Howser Baseball Stadium and the Mike Long Track on Chieftan Way. The facility can be accessed from both Chieftan Way and Stadium Drive.
Swimming and diving
|Frank Bradley||3rd Season|
Men's swim team
The men's swim team members have won seventy-eight ACC championships.
Women's swim team
The women's swim team members have won fifty-four ACC championships.
|Dwayne Hultquist||17th Season|
The men's tennis team, coached by Dwayne Hultquist, has appeared in the NCAA tournament nineteen times including thirteen consecutive appearances.
|Jennifer Hyde||11th Season|
The women's tennis team, coached by Jennifer Hyde, has made twenty-one NCAA tournament appearances.
Track and field
|Bob Braman||12th Season|
Bob Braham is the head men's and women's track and field coach.
Men's track and field
The Florida State Seminoles men's track and field team has won back-to-back-to-back NCAA national championships and Atlantic Coast Conference championships (2006–2008). In 2006, Head Coach Bob Braman and Associate Head Coach Harlis Meaders helped lead individual champions in the 200 m (Walter Dix), the triple jump (Rafeeq Curry), and the shot put (Garrett Johnson). Individual runners-up were Walter Dix in the 100 m, Ricardo Chambers in the 400 m, and Tom Lancashire in the 1500 m. Others scoring points in the National Championship were Michael Ray Garvin in the 200 m (8th), Andrew Lemoncello in the 3000 m steeplechase (4th), Rafeeq Curry in the long jump (6th), and Garrett Johnson in the discus (5th). In 2007, FSU won its second straight men's Track & Field NCAA National Championship when Dix became the first person to hold the individual title in the 100 m, 200 m, and 4*100 m Relay at the same time.
Women's track and field
The Florida State Seminoles women's track and field team has won a total of eight conference championships (six outdoor, two indoor) and two NCAA championships (one outdoor, one indoor).
|Chris Poole||8th Season|
The Florida State Seminoles women's volleyball team has won four ACC titles and made seventeen appearances in the NCAA tournament, going as far as reaching the Final Four during the 2011 season.
|Brooke Niles||1st Season|
The Florida State Seminoles sand volleyball team completed the 2012-13 regular season with an undefeated record and finished the 2013-2014 season as national runner-up.
The Florida State Rugby Football Club was founded in 1972, and plays Division 1 college rugby in the South Independent Rugby Conference. The Seminoles won the conference championship in 2012, defeating the University of Central Florida. With this conference championship, FSU qualified for the national playoffs and finished the spring 2012 regular season ranked 22nd in the country. In the national playoffs, Florida State defeated in-state rivals Florida 34-12 in the Sweet 16, before losing to Tennessee 45-27 in the quarterfinals. FSU is led by head coach Kirk Swanner.
Currently, 75 FSU alumni compete in professional basketball, football, baseball, softball and golf.
FSU Hall of Fame
- For a list of inductees by sport, see footnote
- For a list of inductees by year of induction, see footnote
- For a list of inductees by alphabetical order, see footnote
The following FSU have participated in the Olympic Games, winning nine Olympic medals:
|Margaret Commber||England||1972 Olympic Games|
|Danny Smith||Bahamas||1972 Olympic Games, 1976 Olympic Games|
|Phil Boggs||United States||1976 Olympic Games|
|Wendy Fuller||Canada||1980 Olympic Games, 1988 Olympic Games|
|Bradley Cooper||Bahamas||1984 Olympic Games, 1988 Olympic Games|
|Orville Dwyer-Brown||Jamaica||1984 Olympic Games|
|Brenda Cliette||United States||1984 Olympic Games|
|Esmeralda Garcia||Brazil||1984 Olympic Games, 1988 Olympic Games|
|Randy Givens||United States||1984 Olympic Games|
|Walter McCoy||United States||1984 Olympic Games|
|Marita Payne||Canada||1984 Olympic Games, 1988 Olympic Games|
|Angela Wright-Scott||United States||1984 Olympic Games|
|Arthur Blake||United States||1988 Olympic Games, 1992 Olympic Games|
|Michelle Finn||United States||1992 Olympic Games|
|Tom Reither||Chile||1992 Olympic Games|
|Keam Ang||Malaysia||1996 Olympic Games|
|Kim Batten||United States||1996 Olympic Games, 2000 Olympic Games|
|Rob Braknis||Canada||1996 Olympic Games|
|Brandon Dedekind||South Africa||1996 Olympic Games, 2000 Olympic Games|
|Nelson Mora||Venezuela||1996 Olympic Games|
|Julia Santos||Ecuador||1996 Olympic Games, 2000 Olympic Games|
|Samantha George||Canada||2000 Olympic Games|
|Iain Harnden||Zimbabwe||2000 Olympic Games|
|Jayson Jones||Belize||2000 Olympic Games|
|Doug Mientkiewicz||United States||2000 Olympic Games|
|Wickus Neinaber||Swaziland||2000 Olympic Games, 2004 Olympic Games|
|Stephen Parry||Great Britain||2000 Olympic Games, 2004 Olympic Games|
|Brett Peterson||South Africa||2000 Olympic Games|
|Julio Santos||Ecuador||2000 Olympic Games, 2004 Olympic Games|
|Tal Stricker||Israel||2000 Olympic Games|
|Brian Dzingai||Zimbabwe||2004 Olympic Games, 2008 Olympic Games|
|Golda Marcus||El Salvador||2004 Olympic Games|
|Chris Vythoulkas||Bahamas||2004 Olympic Games|
|Kimberly Walker||Trinidad & Tobago||2004 Olympic Games|
|Yuruby Alicart||Venezuela||2008 Olympic Games|
|Gonzalo Barriolhet||Chile||2008 Olympic Games|
|Jonathan Borlee||Belgium||2008 Olympic Games, 2012 Olympic Games|
|Kevin Borlee||Belgium||2008 Olympic Games, 2012 Olympic Games|
|Ricardo Chambers||Jamaica||2008 Olympic Games|
|Rafeeq Curry||United States||2008 Olympic Games|
|Walter Dix||United States||2008 Olympic Games|
|Tom Lancashire||England||2008 Olympic Games|
|Andrew Lemoncello||England||2008 Olympic Games|
|Ngoni Makusha||Zimbabwe||2008 Olympic Games|
|Barbara Parker||England||2008 Olympic Games, 2012 Olympic Games|
|Kaleigh Rafter||Canada||2008 Olympic Games|
|Ariel Rittenhouse||United States||2008 Olympic Games|
|Dorian Scott||Jamaica||2008 Olympic Games, 2012 Olympic Games|
|Gonzalo Barriolhet||Chile||2012 Olympic Games|
|Mateo DeAngulo||Colombia||2012 Olympic Games|
|Hannah England||United Kingdom||2012 Olympic Games|
|Kemar Hyman||Cayman Islands||2012 Olympic Games|
|Lacy Janson||United States||2012 Olympic Games|
|Maurice Mitchell||United States||2012 Olympic Games|
|Ciaran O'Lionaird||Ireland||2012 Olympic Games|
|Kimberly Williams||Jamaica||2012 Olympic Games|
|Anne Zagre||Belgium||2012 Olympic Games|
2006-2010 NCAA penalties
The athletic department emerged in January 2010 from NCAA sanctions resulting from the discovery of academic cheating by athletes in 2006-2007. This discovery involved athletes in ten sports programs who were taking an online course in music history. An NCAA investigation resulted in scholarship limits and negation of wins involving compromised athletes. Florida State appealed parts of the decision. The penalties removed fourteen football wins from the career total of Seminoles football coach Bobby Bowden, yet the coach temporarily claimed the all-time record for Division 1 football wins in 2012 when a far larger number of victories was deducted from the career total of Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno's wins were later reinstated, however, following an appeal from the Penn State Board of Trustees in January 2015., leaving Coach Bowden with the 2nd all-time winningest record in Division 1 football.
Additionally, FSU vacated 22 wins in men's basketball, a NCAA post season baseball victory, one national championship in men's track and field, a NCAA tournament victory in women's basketball, as well as other wins in these and several other men's and women's sports.
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