Hall of Fame Banquet
Update: September 6, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FLORIDA STATE MOVES ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION TO OCTOBER 20
Florida State’s Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for Friday night has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
The seven incoming members of the Hall of Fame will now be inducted on Friday, October 20, and recognized at halftime of Florida State’s home football game against Louisville the next day.
A very limited number of tickets are available for the annual induction ceremony through the FSU Varsity Club. For more information and/or to purchase tickets contact Betsy Hosey at email@example.com.
October 20, 2017
Florida State University’s Athletics Hall of Fame will induct eight new members on Friday, October 20, including former FSU and NFL running back William Floyd and 2007 college baseball player of the year Tony Thomas.
Floyd was one of the team leaders on the Seminoles’ first football national championship team that defeated Nebraska in the Orange Bowl following the 1993 season, while Thomas’ junior season at FSU was one of the finest in the storied history of the program. Also joining the 2017 class will be NCAA Champion triple jumper Teresa Bundy, four-year track and field All-American Rafeeq Curry, men’s basketball star Greg Grady, former men’s basketball head coach Pat Kennedy, FSU’s first soccer All-American India Trotter and Moore-Stone Award winner Larry Strom.
The 2017 class will be inducted at the annual ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Florida State’s University Center Club the night before the Seminole’s first home football game against Louisiana Monroe. A limited number of tickets to the event are available to the public for $75 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the FSU Varsity Club at (850) 644.1123.
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
W. Track & Field (1998-2002)
Teresa Bundy came to Florida State from Cleveland, Ohio as a highly-acclaimed sprinter who ranked among the nation’s Top 10 in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in 1998. She would leave FSU as an NCAA National Champion and school record holder.
Bundy showed tremendous potential in both the 100 and 200 as a freshman and had a fine sophomore indoor campaign before redshirting during the 1999 outdoor season.
She was indoor and outdoor All-ACC in 2000, earning an ACC Championship as a member of the 4x400 relay team.
As a junior in 2001, Bundy added the triple jump to her competitive resume and began to concentrate on the event, finishing second in the ACC both indoors and outdoors.
Her senior season was one for the record books as she earned elite status in the triple jump and won the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championship. In winning the national title, she set the school record with a jump of 45-3 (13.79m). The mark still stood as the second best jump in school history when she was voted into the FSU Hall of Fame 15 years later.
M. Track & Field (2003-2006)
Rafeeq Curry signed with Florida State as the nation’s No. 1 triple jumper at ACE Academy in Miami, Fla. His prep credentials would prove accurate as he would eventually become one of the finest performers in the history of Florida State track & field.
Curry was a star from the start of his freshman season and finished his rookie season as the ACC Freshman of the Year (indoors) after winning the triple jump and also starred on sprint relays events. He won the triple jump at the NCAA East Regional and competed at the NCAA Outdoor championships in both the triple jump and on the 4x400 relay.
His career exploded from that point forward and Curry’s achievements are truly remarkable. He was a four-year NCAA All-American set both the indoor (64-5.5/16.60m) and outdoor (54-9.5/16.70m) school records in the triple jump, which still stand today. He won the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the triple jump and was a nine-time All-American, including once in the long jump. He was a six-time ACC Triple Jump champion (2003-06 indoor and 2005-06 outdoor), the 2006 outdoor long jump champion and a three-time ACC 4x400 relay champion.
Curry represented the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games.
M. Basketball (1973-76)
Greg Grady was recruited by Hugh Durham to play basketball for the Seminoles from his hometown of New York City in 1973. He would play on some of the most successful teams in FSU men’s basketball history as one of the school’s best inside players.
In an era where blocked shots were not a part of the official statistics, Grady was a tremendous defender in the paint recording 13 blocks against Stetson as a freshman in 1973. He was a four-year letter winner for the Seminoles and a three-year starter at center.
Grady’s top year statistically was in 1975 when as a junior he averaged 13.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and shot 58.1% from the field. He totaled 14 double-doubles in 1975 and nine the previous season.
Following his senior season, Grady’s 100 games played was the third most in FSU history, he was the fourth all-time leading rebounder with 793, and his career field goal percentage of 56.4 percent ranked as the third best in the record book.
Grady’s era was one of the most consistently successful in FSU history with the Seminoles finishing 18-8 in each of his first three seasons before a 21-6 campaign in 1976.
William Floyd is one of the legendary figures of Florida State football and one of the finest leaders in the history of the program.
Floyd starred at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg, Fla. where SuperPrep magazine listed him as the nation’s No. 2 fullback prospect.
He signed with the Seminoles prior to the 1990 season and redshirted his true freshman season. Saw his first action in 1991 where he backed up NFL star and FSU Hall of Famer Edgar Bennett, but still played in every game. He had several huge plays as a rookie including scoring on a fake field goal in the historic win at Michigan.
Floyd emerged as the vocal leader of the Seminoles as a sophomore in 1992 when he led the team in touchdowns with 10. He rushed for 222 yards as a sophomore, and ranked second on the team in scoring, but was even more valuable as a blocker.
One of the leaders and anchors of FSU’s first national title team in 1993. Nearly impossible to stop from short yardage as a junior, Floyd totaled 321 yards on 63 carries during the regular season. His fourth-quarter touchdown plunge against Nebraska in the national championship game kept the Seminoles in position for the win.
Floyd was drafted in the first round by San Francisco, where he won a Super Bowl ring, and he played a total of seven seasons in the NFL.
India Trotter, who was the first NSCAA First Team All-American in the history of Florida State’s soccer program, becomes the second soccer player ever inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Trotter would earn All-America honors twice (2005, 2006) over her FSU career, and she led FSU to College Cup appearances in 2003, 2005 and 2006, and earned NCAA All-Tournament honors every season at FSU.
The state of Florida Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, Trotter was the first Seminole ever to be named a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semi-finalist.
Trotter finished her FSU career as the fifth-leading goal scorer in school history and with the second-most game-winning goals ever recorded by a Seminole. She also held the distinction of having scored more goals, game-winning goals and points than any other FSU player in postseason play at the time of her induction.
She appeared in a then school record 97 career games and her 95 career starts was just one shy of the most in school history when she graduated.
Valrico, Fla., native Tony Thomas played second base for the Seminoles from 2005-07 and his final season was one for the college baseball and FSU records books.
Thomas was named National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com following his junior year (2007) when he led the Seminoles to a 45-13 record (21-6 ACC) and final ranking of 10th by Collegiate Baseball. He was the ACC Player of the Year, first team All-ACC and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy and Brooks Wallace Award the same season.
During his career, Thomas became the first Seminole to register 30 doubles, 100 hits and 30 stolen bases in a single season. He finished that junior campaign with 33 doubles, which tied for the second most in a single-season at FSU.
Thomas led the ACC in batting average with a.430 mark while ranking first in six other offensive categories as junior. He also finished among the Top 10 in four other categories enroute to earning consensus All-America honors.
Thomas’ 14 career triples are still the fourth most in school history.
He was selected in the third round of the MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs.
Coaches & Administration (1986-1997)
Pat Kennedy took over as head coach of the Men’s Basketball program prior to the 1986 season when the Seminoles were members of the Metro Conference. Not only did he lead FSU to the top of the Metro, but he led the program through the transition into the ACC, and returned Seminole basketball national prominence.
Kennedy won both a Metro regular season title and the tournament championship (1991) before taking on the ACC schedule beginning with the 1991-92 season. He was the NABC District Coach of the Year at Iona in 1984 and the MAAC Coach of the Year in 1985. He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1992.
Kennedy led the Seminole to five NCAA Tournament berths and two NIT appearances in his 11 years at FSU. The Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight of the 1993 NCAA Tournament, which was the second-best season in FSU history.
Florida State went 202-131 under Kennedy, posting a .607 winning percentage. In his first season coaching in the ACC, Kennedy set a then-record for road wins (6) and total ACC wins (11) by a first-year coach.
Kennedy’s teams featured some of the best players in FSU history. His 1992-93 team included four NBA first round draft picks (Charlie Ward, Bob Sura, Sam Cassell and Doug Edwards). Seven of Kennedy’s 11 FSU teams recorded 19 or more wins and he reached the 20-win plateau five times.
From his playing days as a Seminole Basketball star more than fifty years ago to his status today as a MICCO contributor, ambassador, board member, volunteer, campaign chairman and more, Larry Strom will always be a model for every loyal and passionate Seminole supporter to aspire.
Strom has been a major contributor to both capital and annual Seminole Booster campaigns for the entire life of the modern organization. However, even more impressive, and even more important, have been his quiet contributions of personal energy and talent in support of Seminole Boosters behind the scenes. Strom was an architect of the Seminole Booster Club structure and later served as a founder of the Dynasty Campaign, the first major capital campaign for athletics, and he has made a leadership difference each subsequent campaign.
Strom served as volunteer assistant to football recruiting coordinator Gene McDowell in the mid-1980s and helped develop a modern, competitive recruiting infrastructure. More recently he served as chairman of the Seminole Boosters Winning Edge Campaign in 2012, helping to raise $15 million for what became the Al Dunlap Athletics Training Facility, while leading by example as the first to pledge $1 million towards the project. Whenever Florida State has needed support for its athletics program, he has answered the call.
Strom became a very successful automobile dealer, selling tens of thousands of vehicles over the years. In achieving this success, he and wife Hilda have always made Florida State a priority. Their steadfast giving of time, leadership and financial contributions have made them monumental University supporters.