Nov. 11, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State University volleyball head coach Todd Kress announced today (Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004) that Marrita "Marri" (pronounced MAR-EE) Royster-Crockett (Tallahassee, Fla. / Florida HS) signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period (Nov. 10- 17) to attend and compete in volleyball at the University next fall. Royster-Crockett, a local standout athlete at Florida High School, is the daughter of Seminole Associate Head Coach Rita Buck-Crockett.
"Marri is my only daughter," said Buck-Crockett, who was a head coach at the University of Iowa for six seasons before teaming up with Kress at FSU this year, "and it's very important to me that she chose Florida State. It would be really difficult for me to not watch her college career. I'm lucky Florida State decided to recruit her and I think she'll be an important part of this program. I hope to be the first mother -daughter combination to win a national championship."
Royster-Crockett was a star volleyball player at Florida High this season where she led her team to the regional district championship. According to Kristin Frye, a former Seminole standout and Royster-Crockett's head coach, she has been nominated for all-district and all-state honors that will be announced later this month.
"Marri is very coachable and she led our team in aces, digs, and kills this season. After playing at Florida State, I know what it takes to compete at that level and I'm positive Marri will fit right into the FSU system. I'm very excited to see her grow on the next level."
Royster-Crockett was an all-star athlete for three seasons at City High School in Iowa City, Iowa, where she garnered every honor imaginable for a high school player. She trained with the Youth National Team in 2003 and took Iowa City to the state Final Four for the first time since 1998. The six-foot outside hitter played club volleyball for Saddleback in California before moving to Florida where she'll now compete with North Florida Academy club team under the direction of her mother this season.
Royster-Crockett comes from a long list of athletes in her family. Her mother is arguable one of the best players to ever compete with the United States, where she won the silver medal in the 1980 Olympics. Her father, Mark, was a football player at Oklahoma and played for legendary coach, Barry Switzer. Interestingly enough, her father faced Florida State in the 1980 Orange Bowl.
"My dad competed against FSU in his playing days," said Royster-Crockett, "and he told me Florida State is a great school with a big time athletic program. He is really excited for me.
It is so important for me to play for my mom because we are best friends and she has coached me forever. This is an exciting day and I'm ready to compete for the Seminoles."
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, she has been stellar in the classroom. Royster-Crockett plans to earn a degree in Performing Arts. She chose Florida State over Hawaii, Stanford, UCLA, and Iowa.