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The architect of one of track's modern-day dynasties, head coach Bob Braman has turned Florida State University into a track & field/cross country institution.
Proof of that were the headlines in June of 2011 when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named FSU as the top overall men's program in the nation after an impressive 2010-11 school year. It was that time frame that saw the men's cross country team - which is coached by Braman - finish as a school-record national runner-up before the men's indoor track & field team placed ninth and the men's outdoor squad finished second nationally by just one point.
A two-time National Champion, the most recent track & field season saw the Seminole men nearly earn yet another title for Tallahassee. With that outcome, the Seminoles have now finished in the top four of eight out of the last 10 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The 2011 season also saw three national championship performances by Ngoni Makusha (long jump and 100m dash), Maurice Mitchell (200m dash) and the 4x100m relay squad.
For his efforts in 2011 in a season that also saw the FSU men capture their seventh consecutive ACC Championship, Braman was named the conference's men's coach of the year. It was a honor that he also earned during the cross country season and together the two brought his awards number to 28 combined national, regional, district and conference coach of the year awards.
Moving beyond the borders of the United States, Florida State had an impact on the track's biggest stage during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. 12 current and former student-athletes competed at the Olympics, highlighted by sprinter Walter Dix who brought home a pair of bronze medals.
Before joining the Florida State family, Braman enjoyed 17 years of national success at the University of South Florida where he began his coaching career as a men's cross country assistant in 1983. He was promoted to head coach in 1985 and initiated the women's cross country program in 1987. When USF began its track program in 1991, Braman assumed head coaching duties for that sport as well. Under Braman's guidance, the USF men's cross country team won three Conference USA titles (1997, 1998, 2000) while the women's team was also the Conference USA champion (1998-99).
While at USF, Braman's men's cross country teams also won six-straight conference titles between 1988 and 1993. Braman was honored as Coach of the Year 14 times. His men's cross country teams earned national rankings in 10 of his last 12 years, including a No. 5 national ranking in 1991, while the women's teams were ranked four of his last six years. Braman coached 41 national qualifiers on the track, including two-time NCAA champion Jon Dennis (5000m, 1992 and 1993).
Braman is married to the former Debbie Turner and has two sons, Steven and Tyler. Braman graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting. He was the captain of the Gators' 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 Florida's record holder in the indoor three-mile run.
BRAMAN'S COACHING ACCOLADES
· 2006, '07 and '08 NCAA Division I Men's National Outdoor Track Coach of the Year
· 2005, '06 and '07 NCAA East Region Men's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year
· 2005, '06, `07 and '09 NCAA South Region Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year
· 2004 and '05 NCAA South Region Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year
· 2006 and '07 NCAA South District Men's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year
· 2005, '06 and '07 ACC Men's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year
· 2005, '06, '07, '09 and '11 ACC Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year
· 2009 ACC Women's Indoor & Outdoor Track Coach of the Year
· 2003 and '10 ACC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year
FSU TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH BRAMAN AS HEAD COACH
MEN'S NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONS: 2006 and 2008
ACC INDOOR TRACK CHAMPIONS: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
ACC OUTDOOR TRACK CHAMPIONS: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
NCAA EAST REGION OUTDOOR TRACK CHAMPIONS: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
BRAMAN'S COACHING RESUME
· TAMPA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Head Cross Country Coach: 1981-1983
· UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
Asst. Cross Country Coach: 1983-1985
Head Cross Country Coach: 1985-1999
Head Track and Field Coach: 1992-2000
· FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Head Men's Cross Country Coach: 2000-present
Head Women's Cross Country Coach: 2000-2007
Asst. Track and Field Coach: 2001-2003
Head Track and Field Coach: 2004-present