The most successful basketball coach in Florida State University history, Leonard Hamilton is the Seminoles’ all-time winningest coach and is the seventh winningest coach in ACC history. Under Hamilton, the Seminoles have won at least 20 games in 11 of his 17 years and have advanced to the postseason in 14 of his 17 seasons at Florida State. His Florida State program has produced 14 NBA Draft selections, including two this past draft period. Hamilton has earned three National Coach of the Year awards, two Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year awards, two Big East Coach of the Year awards, has led his teams to ten NCAA Tournament appearances and 21 postseason appearances, to the 2012 ACC Championship (as the head coach at Florida State) and to the 1978 National Championship (as an assistant coach at Kentucky). He is the only person to earn Coach of the Year honors multiple times in both the ACC and the Big East. More important in Coach Hamilton’s eyes than any of the championships or personal accolades is the overwhelming success that his players have achieved in the classroom. During his 17-year tenure at Florida State, the graduation rate of his basketball student-athletes is over 97%. In 30+ years as a head coach at Florida State, Miami and Oklahoma State, 95% of his players have earned their degrees.
Thursday, September 12
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM