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Alameda agrees to extension with FSU

Florida State softball coach Lonni Alameda has agreed to a one-year contract extension that also features improvements to the softball field and seating, the school announced on Monday morning. Alameda’s prior extension ran through June 2028 and now goes through June 2029.

“I am excited for Florida State and for the student-athletes in our program as we announce a well-earned contract extension for Coach Alameda,” athletics director Michael Alford said. “She has made a tremendous impact on our program as she enters her 15th season here in Tallahassee. We have one of the largest annual investments in softball in the country, and our fans have continually shown up to create an incredible atmosphere at JoAnne Graf Field. We have already started our offseason projects to continue to provide the absolute best experience for our student-athletes as we work to return to Oklahoma City.”

FSU athletics and Seminole Boosters, Inc., are raising funds for a $1 million video board at JoAnne Graf Field for the 2023 season. The old scoreboard came down on June 1.

Terms of the contract, which was signed by Alameda and Alford on June 3, were released to the Osceola and other news outlets on Monday afternoon. It’s clear Alameda prioritized taking care of the softball staff as well as improving the fan experience in 2023. There are a number of provisions that include raises for assistant coaches, the creation of a director of player development and seven capital improvements. Those capital improvements, from the contract:

1. The University shall, in good faith, use its best efforts to complete installation of a new softball field scoreboard by August 30, 2022.

2. University shall, in good faith, use its best efforts to complete construction of the bullpen covering and premium seating area by March 1, 2023.

3. The University shall, in good faith, use its best efforts to complete installation of a centerfield video pole by August 30, 2022.

4. The University shall, in good faith, use its best efforts to complete installation of a new playing surface by August 30, 2022.

5. The University shall, in good faith, use its best efforts to complete installation of new turf behind home plate, down the lines (foul territory), and in visitor bullpen as soon as practicable after product and materials are delivered to the University.

6. The University shall, in good faith, use its best efforts to complete installation of the Stiles-Smith Seating Expansion on the left field line by March 1, 2023.

7. The University shall, in good faith, use its best efforts to explore the feasibility of locker room and press box renovation by June 30, 2023.

In announcing the deal with Alameda, FSU administrators said the total investment ahead of the 2023 season will be $2 million. That amount does not include an approximately $1.5 million on the roof at the Seminole Softball Complex in 2019.

Alameda was the subject of speculation as a candidate for the open job at Texas A&M despite her signing a long-term extension with FSU in 2021. For the 2021-22 calendar year, Alameda earned $450,000 as well as $10,000 for the ACC Tournament title and other bonuses.

In what will be year 2 of the new contract/extension, beginning in July 2022, Alameda will earn $550,000 with the scale increasing in $25,000 increments through the end of the deal. There are also annual retention bonuses ($100,000 in years 3-8) and longevity bonuses after years 3, 6, 7 and 8.

In 14 seasons at FSU, Alameda is 667-189-3 (.778) with a Women’s CWS title in 2018, a national runner-up in 2021 and an ACC tournament title in 2022 as part of a 54-7 season. FSU was stunned in the regionals by Mississippi State, ending an eight-year run of reaching at least the Super Regionals.

“I am so thankful for this game of softball. It has allowed me to grow in so many areas of my life,” Alameda said. “I am proud of the family that has been built in Tallahassee from the players, staff and community. Our mission daily is to give everything we can to our team, and knowing that our Athletic Director, Michael Alford, and President Richard McCullough support that vision of growth for these student-athletes is a wonderful feeling. I am grateful for this opportunity to lead this softball family with a village of support from so many in Tallahassee and beyond. What a journey it has been, and I am excited for what is ahead for the Garnet and Gold.”

Alameda has led FSU to the NCAA Tournament every season and the Seminoles have made four trips to the Women’s College World Series and the 2018 national championship. The Seminoles have won eight ACC championships under Alameda’s leadership.