Head coach Leonard Hamilton has been through his trials as Florida State head coach.
From dealing with criticism from fans, to having to manage a program that is severely under-resourced compared to its conference peers, he’s managed to navigate through challenges and limitations to establish a program capable of winning week-in and week-out in what can be consistently argued as the best conference in college basketball each year.
He says it’s just starting.
“I’ve been so fortunate in my coaching career to have enjoyed this moment another time,” Hamilton said after the Seminoles clinched a No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament and a regular season title. “It really, I’m somewhat emotional because we want so much, as a staff, for our players to enjoy this moment because now, it motivates you to want to work even harder to enjoy it again, and again, and again. That’s what is significant about this moment. It’s just the beginning.”
Hamilton, who has led Florida State to a Sweet 16 and Elite Eight the last two seasons, says he isn’t worried about his team refocusing before March Madness fully gets underway.
“One of the things about this team, they’ve have developed an understanding of how to enjoy those moments from a positive standpoint and not even allow, sometimes when you falter, to linger as well. We’ll enjoy this for a moment. This is too big, too important for us not to have a celebration but in the conference we are in, we don’t have the luxury of not coming back down off the mountain and getting started on refocusing. I think that we’ve developed those mindsets that we can enjoy for the moment but I really, truly believe that this team feels that we’ve got some more, good basketball ahead of us.”
You can watch his full press conference, complete with a cut down net around his neck, here: