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FSU head coach Sue Semrau steps away from day-to-day coaching duties

Posted at 7:44 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 19:46:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State women’s head basketball coach Sue Semrau is stepping away from “day-to-day” coaching duties until March of 2021.

Semrau's announcement came Tuesday in a letter posted to

In her letter, Semrau says her mother has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and that she will be looking to spend more time with her family in her hometown, Seattle, Washington.

"Like many of you, I’ve been facing some unexpected challenges during this pandemic. One of the toughest for me has been supporting my mom who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this year. She and my dad live in Seattle and with the pandemic they have needed the full support of our family.

For the past several months I’ve found it increasingly difficult to commute back and forth due to the tedious and ever-changing restrictions as a result of COVID-19. I’ve prayerfully wrestled with how I can meet my family’s needs and continue to lead our team. In these uncertain times, I haven’t found an answer that works for everyone, but I always preach that family comes first."

Semrau also said she is forfeiting her salary to be used to offset COVID-19-related budget cuts, providing much-needed resources for Seminole Athletics.

Associate head coach Brooke Wyckoff will lead the team. Wyckoff has been an assistant coach with the Rattlers for 10 years.

Semrau's full letter can be found below: