April 16, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - NCAA vice president of women's basketball championships Anucha Browne will serve as the Keynote Speaker for this Monday's Florida State Women's Basketball Banquet held at the FSU Basketball Training Center at 6:30 p.m.
An accomplished professional in the realm of athletics, Browne received her master's degree from Florida State while being a graduate assistant for the Seminole women's basketball team in the 1985-86 year. Since 2012, she has played an integral role in the oversight of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championships, providing strategic direction through all possible avenues to allow the annual NCAA Tournaments to flourish.
Browne is a key figure in the relationship between the NCAA and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), allowing both organizations to work cohesively in forming a stronger women's basketball climate and growing the NCAA Championships.
"Anucha is regarded as a visionary in collegiate women's basketball," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "Her past experiences in sports marketing, business and working in the private sector allow her to implement strategies that will strengthen women's basketball. As the current president of the WBCA, I have worked closely with Anucha over the past year. She has great passion for women in athletics and in the workplace."
Browne also worked as the senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at the University of Buffalo. While in Upstate New York, she supervised several sports including men's and women's basketball, volleyball, softball, swimming and diving and rowing. She also handled an array of publicity ventures including marketing efforts, community relations and corporate sponsorships.
The Northwestern graduate who starred for the Wildcats worked for the New York Knicks as the senior vice president for marketing and business operations for over five years. Prior to that, she was a program manager at IBM for four years.
In her undergraduate years, Browne was a scoring machine for Northwestern. In 1985, she averaged a nation's-best 30.5 points per game. She is one of just eight players in NCAA history to average over 30 points in a season, marking a Big Ten record.
Florida State's season-ending banquet on April 21 will be located on the second floor of the FSU Basketball Training Center. Behind-the-scenes videos, award presentations, senior dedications, delicious food and more will be included for those in attendance.
The cost for attendees is $15 per adult and $8 for kids 12 and under. Those interested in attending also have the option to reserve a VIP table for a maximum of eight guests and/or sponsor a student-athlete's meal.
Interested attendees can send cash or check made payable to "FSU Women's Basketball," or RSVP by phone or email to Linda Goddard (850-644-3641/Lgoddard@fsu.edu).
Former FSU women's basketball player Natasha Howard will be in attendance at Monday's banquet. The senior star recently earned the highest WNBA Draft selection in school history when she was chosen fifth overall by the Indiana Fever on April 14.
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