The Florida State Seminoles are the men's and women's sports teams of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State participates in the NCAA's Division I (Division I FBS for football). FSU joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992 and competes in the Atlantic Division for sports split into divisional format. The athletic director is Colonel Randy Spetman, who was introduced on February 4, 2008.
The Seminoles field 17 teams, 8 men and 9 women and have won 12 team National Titles, over 100 team Conference Titles as well as numerous individual National and Conference Titles.
In 1999 the Seminole Football team became the first National Champion to go "Wire to Wire" as the #1 team. Recently, the Men's Outdoor Track and Field team has won three consecutive NCAA National Titles.
In 1947 students selected the name "Seminoles" (named for the Seminole tribe of American Indians) to represent their university and athletic teams. Since 1978 the teams have been represented by the symbols Chief Osceola and Renegade. The Native American name Osceola is used with official sanction of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. The unconquered spirit of the Seminole people is a theme that is respected and represented through the athletic teams. The logo, a profile of a Seminole warrior, was created using the actual profile of Thomas Wright, who wrote the Florida State fight song.
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. 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 1992 Florida State has been a member of the ACC. In 1993 and 1999 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.
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.
There are 8 men's athletic teams and 9 women's teams currently fielded by FSU. They are:
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
There are two major stadiums and an arena within FSU's main campus. Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium named after the winningest coach in Division 1 college football history as well as President Campbell which during his administration was instrumental in beginning the Florida-Florida State rivalry. Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium is the home for Seminole baseball and is named for the long time Seminole skipper, Mike Martin and for former coach Dick Howser, head coach for Kansas City, Cleveland, and the New York Yankees as well as returning to coach at Florida State in 1979. The Donald L. Tucker Center is home for men’s and women’s basketball.
Mike Long track is the home of the three time National Champion Men’s Track and Field team. The track has undergone a complete revamp and in 2003 a brand new track, complete with a new surface, wider lanes, faster turns and a larger infield area for hosting field events was unveiled. The new Mcintosh Track and Field Building on the corner of Spirit Way and Chieftan Way in the southern end of the track was completed in 2008 weeks before the Seminoles won their third consecutive National Title.
H. Donald Loucks courts at the Speicher Tennis Center is the home for FSU Tennis. The complex was named in honor of Lieutenant Commander Michael Scott Speicher, a graduate of Florida State University and the first American casualty during Operation Desert Storm. By presidential directive, the facility bears the name the "Scott Speicher Tennis Center."
The Seminole Soccer Complex is home for women’s soccer normally holds a capacity of 1,600 people but has seen crowds in excess of 4,500 for certain games. The home record is 4,582 for a game versus Florida.
The Seminole softball plays at the Seminole Softball Complex and the team takes the field that holds the name of the winningest coach in softball history, Dr. JoAnne Graf.
Florida State's traditional rivals in all sports include 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.
The Bowden Bowl involving Florida State and Clemson University is currently in its ninth season. This gridiron rivaly is played between father Bobby Bowden, head coach at FSU, and his son Tommy Bowden, head coach at Clemson.
Florida State University was founded by Francis Eppes VII, the University of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson, and so the battle for the Jefferson-Eppes trophy in football once was a yearly occurrence. 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. The two schools will once again meet in 2010 to renew the rivalry.
The major baseball rivalry belongs to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
|Dick Howser Trophy winners|
|J. D. Drew||1997|
|Mike Martin||(29th Season)|
Seminole baseball is one of the most successful collegiate baseball programs in the United States having been to 19 College World Series in 48 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 #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 (19 Regional Tournaments in 20 years), and finished in the top 10 more than any team in the United States. 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 regular-season success and winning sixteen conference championships, Florida State is still chasing their first College World Series Championship.
Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium is located on the campus of Florida State University. It opened in 1983 and held approximately 6,000 seats. A two year, $12 million project was completed in 2004 to make it one of the top collegiate baseball facilities in the United States, upgrading the stadium capacity to 6,700. The upgrades included: chairback seats for visitors and fans, a 40 foot by 70 foot $800,000 video board, high quality public address system, the luxurious Griffin Family Clubhouse, and the Mike Loynd Tradition Room.
Mike Martin Field is also home to the Animals of Section B. The Animals are a boisterous group of baseball fans dating all the way back to 1977. The main purpose of the Animals is to support Florida State Baseball in a "unique", yet clean and classy manner. Our name originated in 1978, when Sol Carroll (FSU's #1 Fan) would bring doughnuts to Seminole Field to pass out to the fans - old, crusty, tasteless doughnuts from Yum-Yum Doughnuts (or was it Yuck-Yuck Doughnuts?). This tradition went on game after game, when finally these fans had enough and threw Sol's doughnuts right back at him. He called them a bunch of 'Animals' and the name stuck.
When Seminole Field, later Dick Howser Stadium, opened in 1983, the Animals took roost in Section B, and have stayed there ever since. The Animals consist of students, alumni, business people, families, public servants, and anyone else who has a deep passion for Florida State Baseball. The Animals use intimidation through noise to rattle the visiting team's psyche. We use cheers and songs to help get our crowd and team into the game, and the visitor's out of theirs.
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
|Coach Hugh Durham||#25|
|Leonard Hamilton||(5th Season)|
After spotting America’s major college basketball programs a 50-year head start, Florida State would be struggling just to catch up. Not so. In just over 50 years, the Seminoles have matched and surpassed many of their older brethren in victories, in 20-win seasons, in NCAA Tournament games and in the individual honors picked up by Florida State players. While many teams have celebrated over 100 years in college basketball, the Seminole program remains a virtual baby in years playing the game. But not in years of excellence.
The Men's Seminole team has enjoyed some NCAA Success. Since their first appearance in the NCAA’s big dance in 1968, the Seminoles have played for the title in the NCAA championship game and fought their way into the Elite 8 and Sweet 16 on several occasions.
Florida State is one of only two ACC schools that have had at least one player selected in each of the last four 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 and Al Thornton by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007 giving Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton four NBA draft choices in his first four years at Florida State. A total of 35 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, five Seminoles are on NBA rosters and 16 have played in the league in the last 17 years..
|Sue Semrau||(11th Season)|
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 #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. The FSU women ended the 2007-08 season with 19 wins, following a 2nd round NCAA loss to Oklahoma State in overtime by just one point.
|Heisman Trophy winners|
|Bobby Bowden||(32nd Season)|
In 1902, the Florida State College in Tallahassee fielded its first football team. The program posted a record of 7-6-1 over the next three seasons, including a record of 3-1 against their rivals from the University of Florida (formerly Florida Agricultural College) in Lake City. In 1904, the Florida State 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 higher education system was reorganized, creating the new University of Florida, in Gainesville, and the Florida State College for Women, in Tallahassee. All male students, including the football team, were moved to the Gainesville campus.
With the formation of Florida State University in 1947, the school once again started a football team. After its first year, FSU joined the Dixie Conference, which it won in each of the three years it was a member. It left the conference in 1951 and competed as an independent team for the next forty years.
Under head coach Bobby Bowden, currently in his 32nd year, the Seminole 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 twice, in 1993 and 1999 . 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 15 Conference championships in the Dixie and Atlantic Coast. The Seminoles are the winningest team in college footbal since 1990.
FSU Football head coach Bobby Bowden is currently tied with Penn State's Joe Paterno as the NCAA Division I (BCS) leader with 373 career wins. FSU football is well-known for introducing talented players into the NFL, including Fred Biletnikoff, Deion Sanders, Terrell Buckley, Derrick Brooks, Sebastian Janikowski, Walter Jones, Corey Simon, Anquan Boldin, Javon Walker, Warrick Dunn, Peter Boulware, Laverneus Coles, Brad Johnson, Samari Rolle, and many other players in recent history.
The sod cemetery began when the first piece of sod was buried in the corner of the Florida State practice field and a monument was placed to commemorate the road victory. In the early years, FSU only snipped grass when it won by upset on the road. But as the Seminoles became more successful, the criteria changed. Sod games still represent road games won when FSU is a significant underdog, however, all bowl games are now considered sod games as well as landmark road wins no matter who was favored. Each piece of sod is buried in the cemetery next to the practice field and a tombstone is placed above it with the score and date of the game..
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.
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
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.
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.
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 two National Championship Football trophies are on display for all to see.
The FSU men's Track & 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 (Raqeef 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), Raqeef 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.
The Seminole softball team plays at the Seminole Softball Complex; the field is named for JoAnne Graf, the winningest coach in softball history. The winningest coach in softball history keeps pushing her record farther and farther up the charts. 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. The result was the creation of one of the nation's premier collegiate joint softball and soccer facilities.
Seven trips to the Women’s College World Series, 19 NCAA Tournaments, 24 All-Americans, 10 conference titles in 15 years and one of the nations’ premiere softball facilities and that’s just scratching the surface of what it means to play softball at Florida State. From the time FSU won its first national championship in 1981, the nation’s best players have come to play for legendary head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf and wear Garnet and Gold.
For over two decades those players have made FSU 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’s success on the field is remarkable. The Tribe has never endured a losing sea son in coach Dr. Graf ’s 28 years as they have won 76% of the 1786 games they have played. Only UCLA has amassed more program wins than Florida State’s 1136 since 1984 and the Seminoles have a winning record against over 80% of the 165 opponents they have faced in the program’s illustrious 28-year history. Nothing has changed recently either as over the last 15 seasons, FSU has amassed 761 wins or an average of more than 50 victories a season.
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 at Georgia State as the only two active softball coaches with fi lds named after them. This fall 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 Chief tan Way. The facility can be accessed from both Chieftan Way and Stadium Drive.
|Hermann Trophy winners|
|Mark Krikorian||(4th Season)|
Florida State University has built one of the top women's soccer programs in the nation. The University added women's soccer as its 17th varsity sport in 1998. The Seminoles have appeared in the NCAA tournament every year since 2000 and have appeared in the ACC tournament final in 2001 and 2004. FSU is one of only a few schools to have played in the NCAA Women's College Cup four times in the last five years, appearing in 2003, 2005-2007. In 2007, the Seminoles were national runner-up, losing 2-0 to USC in the national championship match.