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JoAnne Graf

Class of 2003 

Florida State: 1979 - 2008

NFCA article on Graf's induction



Dr. JoAnne Graf, who became head softball coach at Florida State in 1979, retired from coaching at the institution in 2008 with a 1,437-478-6 overall career record (.750 winning percentage).  She currently teaches in FSU’s School of Education as a member of the sport administration faculty.

A 2003 inductee into the Hall of Fame, Graf was the first collegiate softball coach to earn 1,400 victories. Her numerous achievements with Florida State 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 after 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 has produced players that have earned 25 All-America awards, 96 All-Region awards and 74 players who have earned All-ACC honors.  Over her 30 years in coaching, the Seminoles averaged 48 wins per year and 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.