Coming off of a program-best third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the program’s first Sweet Sixteen appearance, Florida State University Director of Athletics Dave Hart, Jr., has announced that women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau’s contract has been extended through the 2011-2012 season.
“Sue has developed a program that is now demonstrating successful results on a consistent basis,” Hart said. “We are proud she is our women’s basketball coach.”
Terms of Semrau’s contact extension include an increase in her base salary to $195,000 with her total guaranteed compensation package increased to $300,000 per year.
Semrau has led FSU to the program's best three-year span in which the Seminoles have averaged 22.7 wins per season and recorded three straight Top Four finishes in the ACC.
Florida State made school history with a third straight 20-win season (24-10), a third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the program's first Sweet Sixteen appearance. For the second straight year, the Seminoles earned double digit ACC victories with a 10-4 record and finished tied for third place in the league.
The winningest coach in FSU women’s basketball history (160-138), Semrau celebrated a milestone in her career as she celebrated her 10th season at the helm of the program in 2006-07. Semrau capped off her 10th season with the program’s highest final national ranking of No. 19 in the 2007 final USA Today/ESPN women’s basketball coaches’ poll.
Before Semrau’s arrival in 1997, Florida State had suffered through five straight losing seasons and had finished last in the ACC in three of the last four years. Since Semrau’s arrival, FSU has now enjoyed five winning seasons and has finished in the ACC’s Top Four five times.
Florida State will return nine players from last year’s squad and will welcome three freshmen to the team.
quote from Sue Semrau on her contract extension:
"Obviously, we're excited about the growth of our program, especially in the last five years," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "We've become a program that now has a national name and with each and every year, our goals get higher as we continue to achieve the goals that we set. Having reached the Sweet Sixteen last season, now it's not a huge task for us to strive for and expect to reach even greater heights. I'm proud to be the coach that has guided Florida State to these accomplishments and I'm excited for the future with a great coaching staff in place and a talented group of young ladies on our squad."