April 24, 2012
Tallahassee, Fla.-Florida State Women’s Basketball head coach Sue Semrau brings along former Texas assistant coach Ronald Hughey in hopes of immediate improvements.
In two years with the Longhorns, Hughey helped Texas advance to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. He has also gained a reputation for being one of the nation’s top recruiters and post developers.
This past fall, he helped Texas sign the No. 13 recruiting class according to ESPN Hoopgurlz, including McDonald’s All-American Imani Stafford. In 2011, he helped sign the nation’s No. 10 class.
“We are very excited to welcome Ron to our Florida State family,” Semrau said. “Coach Hughey is a great fit for our staff.
“I’m so happy for Ron and I’m so happy for Sue,” former Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors said. “I know them both very well. I think they will be able to work very well together. Ron is very passionate about coaching – probably the most passionate coach I’ve ever met. He has a work ethic that is second to none, too. He’s a tremendous post coach who brings a lot of enthusiasm. He loves defense, and I know he’ll love coaching at Florida State. He’s a great fit.”
Coach Hughey began his college coaching career in his home state at South Carolina State from 2004-07. He then spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach at Rutgers, where he played a primary role in the Scarlet Knights’ recruiting efforts, as well as coaching post players.
In 2008-09, Hughey served as the recruiting coordinator at UCF and helped the Golden Knights to their first Conference USA postseason title and assisted in the signing of Gevenia Carter, the first Top-100 recruit in the history of the program.
“There are not many places that are like Florida State,” Hughey said. “I’ve had great experiences, coaching and playing in the state of Florida, so when Sue [Semerau] gave me an opportunity to come back and be at the mecca of Florida, at Florida State, I jumped at it. This is a great program and a great university. I’m really happy for this opportunity. I’m ready to follow Coach Sue and get back to the glory days she built here.”