Sue Semrau announces the hiring of assistant coach Ronald Hughey
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Ronald Hughey enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Florida State women's basketball team.
A rising star in the women's basketball coaching ranks, Hughey (pronounced: Huey) was hired by head coach Sue Semrau on April 23, 2012.
His enthusiasm and energy were felt immediately during the 2012-13 season, as he helped the Seminoles capture a 23-10 record, a fourth-place finish in the ACC and an eighth NCAA Tournament berth in the last nine years. With Hughey's assistance, the Seminoles tallied a school-record and league-best three players on the All-ACC First Team, as senior guard Alexa Deluzio and Leo Rodriguez and junior forward Natasha Howard collected honors from the conference office.
Hughey was instrumental in the development of Howard, as well as senior post Chelsea Davis, who signed a professional contract with top Spanish club Gran Canaria for the 2013-14 season.
Senior forward Chasity Clayton also collected ACC Sixth Player of the Year accolades, as the Noles finished in the top 10 nationally in both scoring and field goal percentage. FSU's 74.8 points per game average and .453 shooting percentage were its highest marks in 20 years.
In addition to his on-court duties and post player development, Hughey is one of FSU's top recruiters and the main contact for scheduling. Hughey's efforts on the recruiting trail helped the Seminoles sign one of the nation's top recruiting classes in 2013. FSU's 2013 class includes three Top 100 players, including McDonald's All-American Kai James, and was rated the nation's No. 7 class by All-Star Girls Report and No. 11 by ESPNW HoopGurlz.
Hughey came to Florida State after two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas. In two years with the Longhorns, Hughey helped Texas advance to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
Hughey bolstered his reputation for being one of the nation's top recruiters and post developers while at Texas. He worked extensively with 2012 Big 12 All-Defensive honoree and post standout Ashley Gayle while at Texas, and seven players earned all-conference honors during his stint in Austin.
In 2012, he helped Texas sign the No. 13 recruiting class according to ESPN Hoopgurlz, including McDonald's All-American Imani Stafford. In 2011, he helped sign the nation's No. 10 class.
Hughey has also been an assistant coach at Rutgers, UCF, South Carolina and South Carolina State.
Prior to Texas, Hughey spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach at Rutgers, where he played a primary role in the Scarlet Knights' recruiting efforts, as well as coaching post players. In 2008-09, Hughey served as the recruiting coordinator at UCF and helped the Golden Knights to their first Conference USA postseason title and assisted in the signing of Gevenia Carter, the first Top-100 recruit in the history of the program.
A native of Columbia, S.C. Hughey also was an assistant coach at South Carolina in 2007-08 and at South Carolina State from 2004-07.
Before hitting the college circuit, Hughey developed several Division I players as an assistant varsity boys coach at W. J. Kennan High School in Columbia, S.C. (2001-04). Hughey also worked as a scholastic coach at C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy and Alcorn Middle School, both in South Carolina.
Hughey spent three years attending South Carolina State before earning his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Limestone College. He attended C.A. Preparatory Academy, where he was a three-year basketball letterwinner and claimed the State Championship during his senior season. Hughey also lettered in football (at quarterback) and cross country.
He is married to the former Alethea Barnes, a 1994 graduate of the South Carolina. He has two daughters, Sanabarabara and Rhonda.