Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Banquet
September 9, 2016
Join us the evening of September 9th to celebrate the FSU Hall of Fame Inductees! More information coming soon.
Last year we honored many FSU greats, both at the banquet and on the field.
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Pat Carter, Football
Pat Carter signed with the Seminoles out of Sarasota, FL in 1984 and went on to become one of the finest tight ends in FSU football history.
Carter was a starter throughout his Seminole career from 1984-87, and was Coach Bobby Bowden’s ideal tight end in that he was both an outstanding blocker and fine receiver. As a senior, Carter earned first team All-America honors from The Sporting News and was the second team Associated Press All-American. He was an honorable mention AP All-American as a junior.
Carter, a senior, and his teammates finished the 1987 season with an 11-1 record and No. 2 finish in the AP poll. FSU topped Nebraska 31-28 in the Fiesta Bowl to start a run of 14 consecutive years with a final ranking no lower than fourth in the AP poll.
Carter was the first Seminole selected in the 1988 NFL draft when Detroit selected him in the second round. He went on to play 11 years in the NFL with the Lions, Ram, Oilers and Cardinals.
Tay Cody, Football
Coronta “Tay” Cody came to FSU in 1997 from Blakely, Georgia and etched his name as one of the all-time greats at one of FSU football’s most glamorous positions – cornerback.
Cody was a four-year lettermen from 1997-2000 and a three-year starter as one of Coach Mickey Andrew’s top defensive backs. He saw enough playing time as a rookie to earn First Team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News in 1997. He started as a sophomore on the 1988 FSU defense that led the nation in passing defense and earned second team All-ACC.
Cody anchored the secondary for the Seminoles as a junior over the legendary 1999 season in which FSU went wire-to-wire as the nation’s No. 1 team and won the school’s second national championship. And he followed that with a breakout senior season in 2000 that included six interceptions, 12 passes broken up, two caused fumbles and 82 tackles. He was named an NCAA Consensus All-American following the season.
Widely regarded as one of the finest tacklers in FSU history, Cody was selected in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft by San Diego and spent three seasons with the Chargers and another three in the CFL.
Frank Fazzini, Baseball
One of the all-time great baseball players in FSU history, Frank Fazzini came all the way from Belleville, NJ to be a part of the legendary Seminole baseball program and to play for Hall of Fame coach Mike Martin.
Fazzini, an outfielder, was a three-year starter for FSU from 1983-85 and he earned All-America honors all three years at FSU. He was a First Team Freshman All-America from Baseball America in 1983, Third Team from Baseball America in 1984 and First Team from both Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association and Second Team Sporting News All-America in 1985.
An All-Metro Conference selection in 1983 and 1985, Fazzini was one of the best hitters ever to wear the Garnet and Gold. His career statistics include a .369 batting average, 261 runs scored, 326 hits, 270 RBI and 79 home runs.
Fazzini’s 79 career home runs rank second all-time in the Florida State record book. FSU won the Metro Conference title all three years that he played and he played in three NCAA Regionals.
Esmeralda Garcia, Track & Field
Esmeralda Garcia’s track career at Florida State was unconventional as well as historic as her remarkable talent as a long-jumper, triple-jumper and sprinter secured her place as one of the finest athletes in school history.
Garcia came to FSU from Belo Horizonte, Brazil and was a seven-time All-American as a true freshman in 1981. She set school records in the indoor 60m, outdoor 100m and the long jump during her rookie season, and led FSU to a runner-up finish in the 1981 AIAW Indoor National Championship and third place finish in the AIAW Outdoor. She had to return to Brazil following the year with her husband when his funding for school ran out.
She restarted her Florida State career in 1984-85 without missing a beat. In 1985 she won both the indoor and outdoor NCAA triple jump titles, and set the world record with a triple jump of 44-4 that same season.
Garcia led FSU to the 1985 NCAA Indoor National Championship and a second place finish in the 1985 NCAA Outdoor Championship. During her hiatus from FSU she won the 100m in the 1983 Pan American Games. Garcia was a member of both the 1976 and 1984 Brazilian Olympic Team.
Vicky Gill, Cross Country Track & Field
Lancashire, England native Vicky Gill made the long distance recruiting by FSU coaches worthwhile as she had a spectacular career as one of the Seminoles’ finest distance runners.
Gill competed in both Track and Field and Cross Country for Florida State from 2001-2004. She was a two-time All-American in Cross Country and three-time Track All-American.
As a sophomore in 2002, she led the women’s cross country team to national for the first time since 1981. She led the team to a 15th place finish in 2002 and 11th as a junior in 2003. She placed sixth in 2003 and second in 2004 in the 10000 meters at outdoor nationals. She was fourth in the 5000 meters indoors in 2004.
At the time of her induction, she held the school record in both the outdoor 5,000 and 10000 meters.
Brandi Stuart, Softball
Brandi Stuart’s hall-of-fame career as a softball star at Florida State was equaled by her accomplishments as a student and campus leader.
A native of Cerritos, California, Stuart was a four-year starter for the highly acclaimed FSU softball program from 2000-2003. She earned All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 2002 (First Team) and 2003 (Second Team) as well as Easton’s All-America team in 2001 (Second Team) and 2003 (Third Team).
Stuart was an All-ACC selection throughout her FSU career. She earned academic All-America honors in 2002, a place on Florida State’s Dean’s List in 1999 and 2000 and was a career-long member of the ACC Honor Roll.
Stuart posted a .357 career batting average that included 287 hits, 39 doubles, 17 triples, 25 home runs 152 RBI and 162 stolen bases on just 177 attempts.
Over her career, FSU won two ACC Championships, advance to the NCAA Regionals all four year and reached the semifinals of the 2002 Women’s College World Series.
Hal Schaus, Tennis
Hal Schaus was the first tennis “star” in Florida State history playing for the Seminoles from 1953-56.
A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Schaus played No. 1 singles throughout his four year career with the Seminoles making him the only FSU tennis athlete, male or female, to do this although several transferred in and played No. 1 over their careers.
Schaus’ career was amazingly consistent with a career winning percentage of 75% through a time when FSU was seriously upgrading their schedules in all sports. Schaus defeated the No. 1 singles players from Florida, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Ohio State and Indiana to name a few.
The Tallahassee Democrat described Schaus as having developed “into one of the Southeast’s finest amateurs.” His 75% singles winning percentage places him among the Top 15 on FSU’s all-time list.
Betty Lou and James Joanos, Moore-Stone Award Winners
Betty Lou and James (Jim) Joanos are the consummate Seminole couple and two of the biggest supporters of FSU athletics over the years. Jim attended FSU’s first football game against Stetson in 1947 and the two met at Florida State. Jim earned his diploma from FSU in in 1956 and Betty in ’57. She would go on to earn her PhD from FSU in 1985. Each is listed as one of FSU’s 100 Distinguished Graduates.
While at FSU Jim was on the track team, freshman class president, a Senator as a sophomore and junior, and Vice-President of the student body as a senior. He was also the sports editor of the Flambeau. Betty Lou was a member of the Circus, Village Vamps, Garnet Key, Sophomore Council, Junior Counselor, Secretary of the sophomore class, Queen of Freshman Carnival, Junior-Senior Prom Court and Who’s Who.
Jim went on to earn his law degree from Yale and eventually became Chief Judge of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal where he served as an appellate judge for 20 years. He was instrumental in the establishment of the FSU College of Law, where he served as adjunct professor from 1978 to 2001 and he has served as president of the FSU Alumni Association. Some of the positions Betty Lou has held at FSU include Chairman of the Board and later Associate Director of the Alumni Association and the Coordinator of Home Economics Programs. She has served on the Board of Directors of the FSU Association of Retired Faculty and she is the recipient of the FSU “Faculty Senate” prestigious Mores Award. Jim was awarded the Alumni Association’s Bernard Sliger Award and Betty Lou has received numerous awards for her service in the Colleges of Communications, Education and Human Sciences.
Both have received the FSU Emeritus Alumni Society’s Award of Excellence, as well as the Circle of Gold Award.