Florida State head coach Dr. Cecile Reynaud celebrated her Silver Anniversary with the Lady Seminoles’ volleyball program in 2000, with a season to remember. The Lady Seminoles opened up the 2000 season with seven-straight wins, including their third win of the season which gave Reynaud her milestone 600th victory. Her 600th win placed her in the very distinctive “600-Win” club, in which only eight other active coaches are members. Reynaud went on to lead her team to a 21-win season, and ended the year with the greatest accoloade the Atlantic Coast Conference can offer, Coach of the Year honors. Her team went on to finish fourth in the ACC and sixth in the AVCA East Region. Reynaud returns this season with a squad that returns all but one starter, including All-ACC and All-AVCA East Region middle hitter, Norisha Campbell. Reynaud, armed with a strong corps of returners as well as six talented newcomers, will look for a return to glory in their quest for the squad’s second ACC Championship since joining the league.
With a career record of 618-313, Reynaud ranks ninth 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 25-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, and most recently earned her 600th career win with a 3-0 win over Charleston Southern last season.
Looking back over 25 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 13 years. At the conference level, FSU has made three appearances in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship match and earned 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 is co-editor of "The Volleyball Coaching Bible", which is due to be completed in 2002. She has also been a technical consultant for two Power Volleyball films. 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 100 camps and clinics across the country 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. She earned her master’s degree from FSU in 1979 while coaching and in 1998 graduated with a Ph.D. in Sports Management. Her dissertation topic was “Factors Influencing Prospective Female Volleyball Student-Athletes’ Selection of an NCAA Division I University: Toward a More Informed Recruitment Process.”