Dr. Cecile Reynaud and the Lady Seminoles sure know how to throw a party. Last season as Florida State celebrated 30 years of women's intercollegiate athletics, Reynaud and the Lady Seminoles made it their business to give FSU even more to celebrate as they won their first ACC volleyball title and made their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance.
Having spent the past 23 years at the helm of the Florida State volleyball program, Reynaud has experienced the growth of athletics firsthand. She remembers the days when team members packed their own lunches, car pooled to games and paid travel expenses out of their own pockets. She's seen where it's been, where it is now and where it is headed and it is this unique perspective that keeps Reynaud coming back for more. More growth, more experience, more chills, more thrills ... each season is a new experience, a new challenge. With a career record of 589-280, Reynaud ranks 11th nationally in career victories among active Division I coaches. Highly respected among her peers, Reynaud's involvement in international competition was elevated to an even higher level when she was chosen to serve as the Deputy Competition Manager for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Years of volleyball experience paid off as she coordinated the activities of the Athens, Ga., venue for 10 days of competition. As a coach, Reynaud has surpassed many milestones in her 23 year tenure at Florida State. Coach Reynaud notched her 500th career victory in the first match of the 1994 season against Southern Illinois, placing her among an elite list of coaches in the 500 win club. She reached win number 550 in a three-set win at Florida Atlantic in 1997 as she led the Lady Seminoles to the program's best ever start at 12-0.
Looking back over 23 seasons of volleyball, post season play has become familiar to the Lady Seminoles. Florida State has made 10 NCAA post-season appearances, eight of which have been in the last 12 years. At the conference level, FSU has made three appearances in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game in eight years of ACC competition, earning FSU its first ACC crown in 1998. Prior to joining the ACC, Reynaud and the Lady Seminoles claimed six regular-season titles and five tournament titles in Metro Conference play.
A two-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year, Reynaud was also honored as Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992 when she led FSU to a first-place regular season finish. She was also named Florida Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Coach of the Year in 1991 and in 1989 she garnered AVCA South Region Coach of the Year accolades.
In May of 1996, Reynaud received the George J. Fischer Leader in Volleyball Award, presented at the USA Volleyball National Meetings in Dallas, Texas. This award recognizes long-time-significant contributions to volleyball programs and activities in the United States.
Reynaud's success directly correlates with the type of individuals she attracts to Florida State. This is evident on the court as well as in the classroom as reflected by the graduation rate of the student-athletes who have played for her. Among four-year volleyball letterwinners, all but two have earned their college degree, which is nearly a 98 percent graduation rate. These graduates have included two GTE Academic All-Americans and numerous honor roll students over the years.
In 1983, Reynaud went to the international level and served as the assistant coach at the World University Games in Canada and in 1985 was head coach for the United States Junior National Team which toured Japan and China. She has been on the AVCA All-America Committee and was the Zone Coordinator for 1986 and 1987 Olympic Festivals. She continued to serve as the commissioner for the Olympic Festival for several years. Reynaud participated in the 1990 Goodwill Games as the technical secretary and is past-president of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Reynaud is a current member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame selection committee and spent 12 years on the USVBA Board of Directors and Executive Committee. As an expert of the game, Reynaud has been a technical consultant for two Power Volleyball films and the third edition of the book "Power Volleyball." She has co-authored numerous articles pertaining to women's athletics and continues to be active on the speaking circuit. Reynaud has been an instructor at more than 50 clinics around the world and hosts her own each year which attracts hundreds of young volleyball players.
A 1975 graduate of Southwest Missouri State, Reynaud enjoyed an outstanding athletic career on the volleyball team and was twice named among the Outstanding College Athletes in America. In 1983, she was inducted into the school's Women's Athletics Hall of Fame. Reynaud added "Dr." to her name in the spring of 1998 after completing her doctorate degree in athletic administration at FSU.