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With each passing season Bob Braman seems to find a new way to redefine the continued success he has enjoyed as Florida State's cross country and track & field coach. The 2010-11 academic year brought unprecedented success in both areas, cementing the Seminoles' standing as a year-round national championship contender.
Under Braman's watch, the Seminoles have collected back-to-back John McDonnell National Program of the Year honors, bestowed on the most outstanding comprehensive program in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, based on NCAA Championships finishes.
That run began in the fall of 2010 when Florida State captured its first men's ACC cross country title in its 19th year of league and followed with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in not only the program's history, but the ACC and the state of Florida as well.
Braman's program had been building toward this sustained level of suceess. The Seminoles are one of just nine Division I teams in the country to make nine consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, joining perennial powerhouses like Arkansas, Oregon, Indiana and Stanford.
While Braman remains the architect of a modern-day track & field dynasty - the Seminoles have won two NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and finished fourth or better nine times in the last 11 years - his background remains deeply-rooted in cross country and the distance events.
On the heels of the remarkable 2010-11 school year, the Seminoles didn't blink in 2011-12. They followed a runner-up ACC Championship finish by winning the NCAA South Regional team title, which was a prelude to the 12th-place showing at the NCAA Championships. David Forrester and Michael Fout earned All-American honors, while Braman was selected as the NCAA South Region Coach of the Year. Four Seminoles, Breandan O Neill, Seth Proctor, Fout and Forrester, earned All-ACC honors in cross country. Fout also closed his cross country career as the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Since taking over the reins as the head coach for both cross country (2000) and track & field (2003), Braman's teams - men and women - have turned out 35 NCAA Division I individual national champions.
Moving beyond the borders of the United States, Florida State had an impact on the track's world stage during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Twelve 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 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 is married to the former Debbie Turner. They have two sons, Steven and Tyler.