Bobby Bowden began his coaching career in 1954 as assistant football coach and head track and field coach at Howard College. He then transitioned fully into football and became head coach of Florida State in 1976. During his tenure with the Seminoles, Bowden garnered a record 377 wins, second in all-time wins by any Division I-FBS coach. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, and retired in 2009
Steve Ellis was sportswriter who covered the Florida Seminoles for over twenty seasons. He won numerous awards, both at the state and national level, for his coverage. Prior to joining the Tallahassee Democrat, Ellis was a founding writer and editor for the Osceola, a weekly publication dedicated to Seminoles athletics. He passed away in 2009.