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Women's basketball makes a hire

  • Florida State head women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau announced the addition of assistant coach Ronald Hughey to her staff on Monday.

    “We are very excited to welcome Ron to our Florida State family,” Semrau said. “Coach Hughey is a great fit for our staff. His enthusiasm is contagious and he has a passion for developing players. He is a strong defensive coach, an area where our team needs immediate improvement. He is a tremendous relationship builder, which will bolster our efforts not only with our current players, but in recruiting top talent to FSU.”

    A rising star in the women’s basketball coaching ranks, Hughey (pronounced: Huey) spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas. In two years with the Longhorns, Hughey helped Texas advance to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.

    “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.”

    Hughey has gained a reputation for being one of the nation’s top recruiters and post developers. He worked extensively with 2012 Big 12 All-Defensive honoree and post standout Ashley Gayle while at Texas, and seven players earned all-conference honors during his stint in Austin.

    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.

    “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.”

    Hughey has also been an assistant coach at Rutgers, UCF, South Carolina and South Carolina State.

    He replaces former assistant coach Angie Johnson, who is pursuing other opportunities.

    Prior to Texas, Hughey 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.

    A native of Columbia, S.C. Hughey also was an assistant coach at South Carolina in 2007-08 and at South Carolina State from 2004-07.

    Before hitting the college circuit, Hughey developed several Division I players as an assistant varsity boys coach at W. J. Kennan High School in Columbia, S.C. (2001-04). Hughey also worked as a scholastic coach at C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy and Alcorn Middle School, both in South Carolina.

    Hughey spent three years attending South Carolina State before earning his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Limestone College. He attended C.A. Preparatory Academy, where he was a three-year basketball letterwinner and claimed the State Championship during his senior season. Hughey also lettered in football (at quarterback) and cross country.

    He is married to the former Alethea Barnes, a 1994 graduate of the South Carolina. He has two daughters, Sanabarabara and Rhonda.

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  • Sounds like a pretty crucial hire.