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Dr. JoAnne Graf

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Recently retired from teaching, Dr. Graf served as an associate professor in sport management, recreation management and physical education at Florida State University where she was responsible for teaching in the school’s sport management program. Classes she taught included: Principles and Problems of Coaching, Introduction to Sport Management, Current Issues in Sport Management, Diversity in Sport, Governance in Sport and Human Resource Management in Sport. Additional duties included overseeing the Lifetime Activities Program with 90-95 classes and 45-50 instructors. She also served as a liaison between the athletic department, intramural program and lifetime activities with regard to facility use.

On the softball diamond, Dr. Graf was the head coach at Florida State from 1978-2008 during which she posted a staggering career record of 1,437-478-6. She averaged over 50 wins a season and retired from coaching as the all-time leader in career triumphs. A 2003 inductee into the NFCA Hall of Fame, Graf was the first collegiate softball coach to earn 1,400 victories. Her numerous achievements with Seminole softball include AIAW slowpitch national championships in 1981 and 1982, seven trips to the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) after FSU switched to fastpitch following the 1982 season, 21 NCAA regional appearances and 10 Atlantic Coast Conference titles.

Named the ACC Coach of the Year six times, Graf’s coaching produced players that earned 25 All-America awards, 96 All-Region awards and 74 players with All-ACC honors. Over her 30 years in coaching, the Seminoles recorded 25 seasons of 40 or more victories, 15 seasons of 50 or more victories and three seasons where the team surpassed the 60-win mark.  Graf was named the NFCA South Region Coach of the Year in 1986, and she and her staff earned NFCA Southeast Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2001, 2002 and 2004.

On April 2, 2005, Florida State University President Dr. T.K. Wetherell officially renamed the softball stadium “JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex.”

Graf is a 1975 graduate of Florida State.  In 1992, she added “Dr.” to her name after completing her doctorate degree in athletic administration at FSU.