“Players have to know how much you care before they care how much you know.”

Sue Semrau

A member at University Center Club, Tallahassee, Fla., since 1998

BY PAULA FELPS / PHOTO BY COLLEEN DUFFLEY — Winter 2014

Claim to fame: Now in the midst of her 17th season as head coach, she’s the winningest coach in Florida State University’s women’s basketball history — with 295 wins during the previous 16 seasons. Last year, she was named president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Why coaching? “I love the idea of being an educator with a basketball and hardwood floor. The rewards have been more than I expected.”

On winning: “It’s a cool thing, but it’s more important to look forward. Winning is really about the opportunity we’re giving kids.”

On being a role model: “If I weren’t in this position, I wouldn’t be fortunate enough to be able to have the impact on kids that I have. It is a great honor to have this responsibility.”

This season: Five of Semrau’s players graduated last year, so the Seminoles have a whole new look — but the same drive for success. They started the season strong, winning eight of their first nine games

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