Florida State's Sue Semrau wins AP Coach of the Year award

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Florida State's Sue Semrau is The Associated Press' Coach of the Year.

The Seminoles leader guided the team to its best season ever. Florida State made it to the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament before losing to South Carolina. Semrau melded together a transfer-heavy roster and the Seminoles won a school-record 32 games.

She received 10 votes from the 35-member national media panel which picks the weekly Top 25. She edged Princeton coach Courtney Banghart, who guided the Tigers to the first undefeated regular season in school history and their first NCAA Tournament win. Banghart got nine votes.

Final Four participants Brenda Frese of Maryland, Geno Auriemma of UConn and Dawn Staley of South Carolina also received votes.

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