The ACC announced that Alicia Gladden will be honored as a member of the ACC Women's Basketball Legends class this March. For those of us who are passionate about all FSU sports, I'm sure you know who Alicia was.
Alicia was a force and a four year starter for the women's program. At FSU, she remains the only player to earn ACC All-Defensive team honors three times. Very intelligent as well. Twice she was a member of the All-ACC Academic Team and she was also a ACC Academic Honor Roll Selection four times.
Alicia was killed less than a year ago here in the Jacksonville area. A drunk driver took her life on April 19th 2013. At the time of her death she was an asst. high school coach here in Jacksonville. She was 27 at the time of her death.
Alicia and I graduated from the same high school (Orange Park), so during her four year career at FSU, my interest was much more than casual. Great player for us, great student athlete for the coaching staff and a great teammate to all who had the privilege to be on the court with her.
Its really nice to see the ACC getting this right and getting it done quickly.