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Posted on November 20th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Ms. Alicia Gladden (2013 James "J.T." Thomas Heart Of A Champion)

Ms. Alicia Gladden (2013 James “J.T.” Thomas Heart Of A Champion)

Ms. Alicia “Ice” Gladden

James “J.T.” Thomas Heart of A Champion – 2013

Ms. Alicia M. Gladden, fondly known to many as “Ice”, was a 2003 graduate of Orange Park High School (Florida). As an honor student graduating with a 3.97 grade point average and standout high school basketball player, she received a full athletic scholarship to Florida State University (FSU).

Ms. Gladden made a name for herself on and off the basketball court.  She was one of the top scorers and best defensive players in FSU women’s basketball history.  She was a four-year starter at guard from 2003 to 2007 and is the only Seminole to capture ACC All-Defensive Team honors three times.  Her name dots the FSU record book in nearly every category and sits atop the steals list. She holds the FSU record for steals in a career (275) and in a single season (101 in 2004-05).  Additionally, she was a three-time All-ACC selection, picking up honorable mention honors during her sophomore season in 2004-05 and Third Team honors her final two years in 2005-06 and 2006-07.  She led FSU in scoring her junior and senior years, and led the Seminoles to their first-ever NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance in 2007.  She was part of the first FSU team to go to three straight NCAA Tournaments.  She ranks 10th in FSU history in scoring (1,403 points) and also ranks in FSU’s top 20 in rebounds, assists and blocks.  Ms. Gladden was also a standout in the classroom, capturing the ACC Academic Honor Roll award four straight years, and making the Academic All-ACC Team in 2006 and 2007.

After graduating from FSU in 2007 with a degree in Sports Management, Ms. Gladden went on to enjoy a successful professional basketball career playing in Poland, Luxembourg, Romania and Serbia.  In 2012, she returned home to start her coaching career and to have the opportunity to instill her love for the game to young girls.  She spent the 2012-13 season as the assistant coach for Creekside High School in St. Johns County, Florida. Her dedication was a way for her to continue using basketball as means to help others.

Ms. Alicia M. Gladden was tragically killed this year by a driver who had been drinking.  While basketball was the stage on which “Ice” reached the world, her calm, quiet and humble nature is how she will be remembered.  Always quick to flash her infectious smile, Ms. Gladden had a kindness and heart that will be forever missed.

(Ms. Gladden’s father David, mother Frances and brother David acceped the award, presented by Coach Sue Semaru, on her behalf.)

Coach Sue Semaru presents award to Gladden family with J.T. Thomas

Coach Sue Semaru presents award to Gladden family with J.T. Thomas