Seminoles excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community in 2011-12.
"Our goals for this year are to stay healthy and continue to develop, as we have over the past two years."
- Newly appointed head coach Bob Braman
After 17 years of national success at the University of South Florida and turning Florida State cross country into one of the fastest rising programs in the nation, Bob Braman was named head track and field coach at Florida State on June 10, 2003. In taking on the larger role, which includes heading both the cross country and track and field programs, Braman wants to further the achievements, accomplishments and development of the Florida State squad. Braman follows Terry Long who retired after 19 seasons of coaching the Tribe and whoís family has been associated with Florida State track for 50 years.
In the past two years, Braman has coached five distance runners to All-American honors in cross country and track and in 2002, Bramanís menís cross country squad placed fifth at the ACC Championships and fourth in the South Region, narrowly missing an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Under Bramanís guidance, then sophomore Joep Tigchelaar earned his second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships with the latest coming as an automatic bid. Tigchelaar is the first Seminole to earn All-ACC honors twice.
Braman takes over the reins of a program that won many honors in 2003. Last season, the Garnet and Gold set seven school records, captured the men's ACC Outdoor title, finished as the conference tournament runner-up on the women's side, earned three Coach of the Year honors, the men's ACC Outdoor and Indoor Rookie of the Year awards and the men's ACC Outdoor Performer of the Year. The Seminoles entered the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a total of 23 athletes, the most to qualify for the NCAA's from Florida State since the early '80s. The Seminoles ended the season with seven All-Americans and setting three school records during the championships.
The FSU women enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in cross country history last year. The 2002 season included a sixth place finish at the ACC Championships, the NCAA South Region runner-up and the Tribeís first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championships. Senior Vicky Gill finished 15th overall out of 254 runners at the National Championships and became FSU's first ever All-American in cross country.
In 2001, Bramanís second season in Tallahassee, both the menís and womenís teams earned national rankings. The men finished the season in third place in the South Region, missing the NCAA qualifier by one point. During that season, both squads posted their best finishes at the NCAA South Regional in school history. Then freshman Natalie Hughes she was the top freshman in the country at 1500 meters and earned All-American status.
Bramanís distance runners have achieved unparalled heights on the track as well. Every womenís school record from the 1500m to the 10,000m events have been set during his tenure. On the menís side, distance runners have won seven ACC indidvidual titles, with Joep Tigchelaar shattering a 30-year old record and leading the nation with a 28:33 time.
Braman began his coaching career at USF in 1983 as a menís cross country assistant. He was promoted to head coach in 1985 and initiated the womenís cross country program in 1987. When South Florida began its track program in 1991, Braman assumed head coaching duties for that sport as well. Under Bramanís guidance the USF menís cross country team won the last three Conference USA titles (1997, 1998, 2000) while the womenís team was the two time defending Conference USA champion (1998 Ė 1999). Braman also coached both menís and womenís cross country teams to a top 30 finish in 1999.
While at USF, his menís cross country teams also won six-straight conference titles between 1988 and 1993, three in the Sun Belt Conference and three in the Metro Conference. Braman was honored as coach of the year 14 times. His menís cross country teams earned national rankings in ten of his last 12 years, including a No. 5 national ranking in 1991, while the womenís teams were ranked four of his last six years. Braman has coached 41 national qualifiers on the track, including two-time NCAA champion Jon Dennis (5000m 1992 and 1993).
Braman, 45, is married to the former Debbie Turner and has two sons, Steven (15) and Tyler (13). Braman graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 with a bachelorís degree in broadcasting. He was the captain of the Gatorís cross country team for three seasons and garnered All-SEC honors in cross country (1979 and 1980) and indoor track (1979). He was also the University of Floridaís record holder in the indoor three-mile run.