April 2, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Florida State University women's basketball head coach Sue Semrau will be honored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with the Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award this Sunday, April 7, at the FCA Breakfast at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association convention in New Orleans.
Named for the late North Carolina State coaching icon Kay Yow, the award is presented annually by FCA to honor a basketball coach who has exemplified biblical principles over the course of his or her career. The late Kay Yow, who passed away from breast cancer in 2009, was presented with the inaugural award at the 2008 Women's Final Four in Tampa.
"I first met Sue when she was Jane Albright's assistant at Wisconsin and it has been so fun to watch her grow as leader, coach and, most importantly, as a follower of Jesus," said Donna Noonan, FCA's national director of events and women's ministry. "Kay was all about seeing her players become the women God created them to be, and I see that same trait in Sue. We are thrilled that Sue is this year's winner of the Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award."
Semrau, who is featured on the cover of the current issue of FCA Magazine and is a member of FCA's Hall of Champions, just completed her 16th year as the head coach at Florida State, leading her team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A three-time ACC Coach of the Year and the FSU women's basketball program's winningest coach, Semrau has led the Seminoles to the post-season 10 times in the past 11 years. She has also served as an assistant coach on gold medal winning USA Basketball national teams at the U18 and U19 levels.
This season, Florida State had a league-best and a school-record three All-ACC First Team selections (Alexa Deluzio, Natasha Howard and Leonor Rodriguez) and tallied its eighth 20-win season with Semrau at the helm.
As successful as she has been on the court, Semrau's commitment to Christ and the people she meets on a daily basis is a larger part of her identity. The past four years, Semrau has partnered the Seminoles with Samaritan's Feet, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through shoe distributions around the world. Semrau annually will coach a game barefoot in an effort to raise money, and the Seminoles took a break from the 2010 Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas to give back on Thanksgiving.
Additionally, the Seminoles have performed a variety of services throughout the Tallahassee area and have been known to extend a helping hand when on the road, making visits to the Boys and Girls Club at the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando and elementary schools in Harlem, West Chester and Wadsworth, Ohio and Martinsville, Ind., as well as the Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C.
Semrau, who will become president of the WBCA this year, came to FSU after spending three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin. Prior to her stint with the Badgers, she served as an assistant at Northern Illinois and as the head coach at Occidental.
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