FSU women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau announces retirement
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida State University head women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau announced her retirement Monday afternoon.
Semrau is the Seminoles’ all-time winningest coach, leading FSU to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances during her 24 seasons as coach. She brought FSU to the Elite Eight three times in her career, during the 2010, 2015 and 2017 seasons.
She was voted ACC Coach of the Year four times, according to FSU’s press release.
Semrau says it has been a joy and pleasure to be FSU’s head women’s basketball coach.
“Thank you to the amazing players and the talented and diligent members of our staff, you have given me millions of moments to cherish, and friendships for a lifetime. The countless supportive and hard-working administrators, faculty and staff have enriched my life,” Semrau says. “Our precious fans embrace us, fight with us and represent this great university with passion. The excellent camaraderie of the coaches I worked with at FSU shaped me. I still remember on my interview Coach Bowden sitting with me and telling me that we could do this; and that he would help me. And he did. More than I could have imagined. I walk away eternally blessed by the life I lived while being the head coach of Florida State. I am Nole Blooded and am proud to be a Seminole forever.”
In the last decade of her career at FSU, the Seminoles won about 25 games per season. Ten of her players were selected in the WNBA draft during that time period, while another 12 played pro ball overseas.
Semrau’s record at FSU was 470-271, leading the Noles to 14 20-win seasons. Her teams won 20 or more games in eight straight seasons between 2012 to 2020.
FSU Director of Athletics Michael Alford says Semrau was a great leader on the hardwood, inspiring many women during her tenure in Tallahassee.
“I know I speak for the FSU athletic directors who had the opportunity to work with her over her long career in saying that you couldn’t find a better representative of Seminole athletics or women’s basketball than Sue,” Alford says. “She instilled in her student-athletes the qualities that allowed them to be successful on the court, in the classroom and in life. She was also a tremendous mentor not only to the assistant coaches who served under her but to both head and assistant coaches in our other sports. Sue has represented Florida State masterfully for the last 25 years and we will always be grateful.”
You can read more about Semrau’s career and accomplishments on the FSU Athletics website.
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