Semrau Named Coach of the Year Semifinalist
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball head coach Sue Semrau has been selected as one of 10 national semifinalists for the 2017 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year, announced on Friday morning by the Atlanta Tip-off Club.
Semrau is in her 20th season as head coach of the Seminoles, piloting FSU to a 25-5 overall record and a 13-3 mark in ACC play. As the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament, Florida State has earned a double bye in the nation’s premier basketball conference for the third consecutive season.
FSU has earned a school-record seven AP Top 25 wins this season under Semrau, and has an opportunity to add to that mark with a meeting on Friday at 6 p.m. against No. 16 Miami in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. Currently ranked eighth in the AP Poll, FSU has been ranked in the Top 10 for 15 consecutive weeks.
Semrau has guided FSU to another solid season despite facing repeated stiff competition, currently owning a Top 15 strength of schedule. Under her guidance, FSU leads the ACC in five categories, including scoring offense (80.5), scoring margin (+22.6), rebounding defense (31.3), rebounding margin (+9.4) and offensive rebound percentage (42.4).
In FSU’s season-opening game of the season against Jacksonville State, Semrau coached in her 600th career game.
Coaching accolades are nothing new for Semrau. In 2015, she was named the AP, WBCA and ESPNW National Coach of the Year. She is also a four-time ACC Coach of the Year and the all-time winningest head coach in FSU history.
The four finalists will be announced on March 15 via Twitter. The other nine semifinalists include Karen Aston (Texas), Geno Auriemma (UConn), Brenda Frese (Maryland), Wes Moore (NC State), Mike Neighbors (Washington), Robin Pingeton (Missouri), Scott Rueck (Oregon State), Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State) and Tara VanDerveer (Stanford).