Mickey Andrews came to Florida State in 1984 as the defensive coordinator and immediately began to build a defense that matched the Seminoles' high-powered offense, creating a dynasty the likes of
which college football had never seen. He would coach at FSU for 26 years before retiring after the 2009 season.
An All-SEC defensive back at Alabama (1961-64), Andrews won a national championship
as head coach at North Alabama in 1976. He went on to serve as an assistant coach at Clemson, Florida and the USFL's Arizona Wrangler before Bobby Bowden chose him as his right-hand man and the FSU
program vaulted to the hierarchy of college football. FSU would finish among the Associated Press Top 5 for an unprecedented 14 straight seasons and won its two national titles, 1993 and 1999, during
Andrews' defenses developed into feared units that combined blazing speed and relentless pressure. He coached many of the biggest names in college football history including 19
first-round NFL draft picks, 74 drafted players and because of free agency - 82 athletes who have played in the NFL.
He was named the nation's top assistant coach in 2000 by the All-American
Football Foundation and 1991 by Athlon's Magazine. He was named the national defensive coordinator of the year in 1998 by American Football Coaches' Magazine and was the first-ever winner of the Frank
Broyles Award as nation's top assistant in 1996.
Andrews' coached 51 All-Americans and 13 NCAA Consensus All-Americans, two Jim Thorpe Award winners, two Butkus Award winners and two Lombardi Award