Florida State's Athletic Hall of Fame will grow by seven members on Friday, September 2 during the annual induction ceremony. FSU will welcome football stars Chris Weinke and Sam Cowart, former baseball star Marshall McDougall, basketball legend Brooke Wyckoff, track and field great Tonja Brown, Olympic medal winning swimmer Stephen Parry and Moore-Stone Award recipient Andy Miller , the long-time president of Seminole Boosters.
Weinke won the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 2000 and led the Seminoles to the National Championship in 1999 and enters the hall in his first year of eligibility. Wyckoff, ironically, just joined the women's basketball coaching staff a few months ago and the program has already retired her jersey. Cowart and Brown both left FSU as two of the schools most accomplished athletes and in addition to his eight-time All-America status, Parry won a bronze medal swimming for England in the 2004 Olympics. One of McDougall's accomplishments, six home runs in one game, is consistently listed among the records that experts feel has a chance to never be broken.
2011-12 Hall of Fame
Andy Miller - Moore-Stone Award
Sam Cowart came to Florida State after a great career at Mandarin High in Jacksonville and earned a place in the Seminole Hall of Fame with his great linebacker play.
Cowart was a finalist for both the Butkus and Bronko Nagurski awards as a senior in 1997 leading the Seminoles with 116 tackles. He was a Consensus All-American and was Football News' National Defensive Player of the Year.
Cowart's spectacular senior year was even more impressive considering he overcame reconstructive knee surgery following the 1995 season. He sat out 1996 and earned the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award as a senior for overcoming hardship. Cowart led a '97 FSU defense that set a school record after allowing an average of just 1.5 yards per rush. His defense allowed an average of only 51.9 rushing yards a game and gave up just 571 yards on the ground all season.
Cowart also led FSU in tackles as a junior in 1995 with 115 and totaled 338 tackles over his career.
The Buffalo Bills selected Cowart in the second round of the 1998 Draft and he played eight years in the NFL. He earned All-Pro honors with the Bills in 2000 and also played for the NY Jets (2002-04) and Minnesota Vikings (2005).
Weinke, who came to FSU after a five-year professional baseball career, led Florida State to a unanimous National Championship in 1999 as a junior and followed that by taking FSU back to the national title game as a senior and winning the Heisman Trophy.
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Weinke led the nation in passing as a senior in 2000 with 4,167 yards. He virtually swept the major awards that year by adding the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Davey O'Brien and a host of Player of the Year honors to his Heisman.
Weinke was the first three-year starter for Bobby Bowden and had a 32-3 record as the starter. His passing efficiency as a senior (163.1) was the highest ever for an FSU quarterback and ranked second nationally.
Weinke threw 79 career touchdown passes for the Seminoles and at the time of his graduation ranked 12 in NCAA history in TD passes and 18th in career passing yardage.
In addition to his remarkable on-field accomplishments, Weinke was awarded a national NACDA post-graduate scholarship for academic excellence and was an all-district Academic All-American. His jersey #16 has been retired by Florida State.
No player in the history of baseball accomplished what Marshall McDougall did from the plate in his first year with the Seminoles.
McDougall, a Jacksonville native, is best known for his performance against Maryland in 1999 when he blasted a NCAA record six home runs in one game. He also had a record 16 RBI and 25 total bases in the game played May 9, 1999 that shattered the NCAA records.
The Seminole second baseman went on to win the ACC triple crown in 1999 along with ACC Player of the Year honors with a .419 batting average, 106 RBI and 28 home runs. He started all 71 FSU games and led the nation in RBI and hits (126). He was voted Most Outstanding Player of the 1999 College World Series and was a consensus All-American, a Golden Spikes and an NCBWA/Dick Howser Player of the Year finalist.
McDougall and Florida State reached the National Championship game of the 1999 College World Series losing to Miami 6-5 and played four games in Omaha his senior season.
McDougall was drafted in the ninth round of the 2000 draft by the Oakland Athletics and reached the majors leagues with the Texas Rangers in 2005.
Track and Field 1979-82
Tonja Brown was a standout athlete at Southwest High School in Bradenton, Florida and never slowed down over here four-year career with the FSU Track and Field program.
Brown was a four-time All-American for the Seminoles competing from 1979-82. She won the NCAA Outdoor 400-meters with a time of 56.46 in 1982 which broke the Florida State record and was the third fastest time ever recorded by an American in the event. She finished fourth at the same NCAA meet in the 100-meter hurdles (13.73). She was All-American in the indoor 60-yard hurdles at the 1982 AIAW national championships with a 7.99 clocking.
At the time of her graduation in 1982, Brown held school records in the indoor 50-meter hurdles and 600-meter run, the 100 and 400-meter outdoor hurdles and was a member of the record setting 1982 Mile Relay team (3:48.89). She ran the five fastest times in school history in both the 100 and 400-meter hurdles.
Brown was instrumental in FSU's rise to national prominence in women's track. The Seminoles finished third in consecutive outdoor National Championships in 1981 (AIAW) and 1982 (inaugural NCAA). FSU was also second nationally at the 1981 AIAW indoor championships and fourth the next season.
Swimming and Diving 1996-1999
Stephen Parry came to Florida State all the way from Liverpool, England in 1996 and he changed Seminole swimming from the day he stepped on the campus.
Parry earned individual NCAA All-America honors all four years and a total of eight times in three different strokes during his historic FSU career. At one time, Parry held the school record in the 200 Butterfly, 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke. He helped lead Florida State to its finest run in school history with Top 20 finishes in each of his four years including a ninth place finish in 1997 that remained FSU highest finish ever through at least the next 15 years.
As a senior in 1999, Parry and teammate Brendon Dedekind were co-ACC Championship Swimmer of the Meet winners. He won the three individual events and was on three first place relay teams at the ACC's. He set the conference record in the 100 Backstroke in 1999 and the school record in the 200 Butterfly (1:43.69) the same year.
Parry competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games as a member of the British team earning a Bronze Medal in the 200-meter Butterfly in 2004.
Women's Basketball 1997-2001
Brooke Wychoff's jersey #21 already hangs in the rafters above FSU's basketball court and one of the all-time greatest players now enters the Hall of Fame.
Wyckoff was one of the top high school players in the country but chose to leave West Chester, Ohio to play for Sue Semrau and Florida State. She made an immediate impact setting an FSU record with 80 blocked shots as a freshman in 1997.
She went on to earn All-ACC honors as a sophomore and junior and capped her senior season (2001) with first team All-ACC honors as well as All-America honors. She was also FSU's only four-time Academic All-ACC performer and received an ACC postgraduate scholarship.
Wyckoff scored 1,350 points over her storied FSU career and finished as the second best shot blocker the Seminoles have ever produced with 209. She grabbed 804 career rebounds and was also ranked among FSU's all-time Top 10.
Wyckoff's role in returning FSU to women's basketball prominence cannot be overstated as she led FSU to its first winning season in nine years as a senior and into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade that same season.
Wyckoff went on to play eight years in the WNBA with the Orlando Miracle, Connecticut Sun and Chicago Sky.
President Seminole Boosters, Inc. (1975-present)
Andy Miller was hired as President of Seminole Boosters, Inc. in 1975 at the age of 24. He has served as CEO for 36 years shepherding the Boosters through explosive growth in fundraising (revenues increased from $300,000 to over $45 million per year). He has served six FSU presidents, three head football coaches, and seven athletic directors.
Miller conceived the idea for the University Center Complex, an innovative blend of academic and athletic needs, resulting in 500,000 square feet of classroom office space for university needs and the nation's most-impressive stadium. Miller also pioneered Heritage Grove, which is home to more than a dozen fraternities.
This third-generation Seminole created FSU's licensing and affinity programs and has been instrumental in land acquisitions enabling the campus to expand its footprint by 25 percent. He's lead three capital campaigns totaling $200 million for athletic facilities and the scholarship endowment.
Together with athletics, the Boosters developed the master plan which led to the Basketball Training Center, renovation and expansion of Dick Howser Baseball Stadium, the Morcom Aquatics Center, the McIntosh Track Building, the Barry Smith and Mary Anne Styles soccer/softball building and complex, the Middleton Golf Building, the Speicher Tennis Center and most-recently an indoor tennis facility.
Miller is a member of the Circle of Gold; past recipient of the Sliger Award; and now adds his induction as the Moore-Stone Award Winner.
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