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Bobby Cremins, a veteran of 30 seasons as a college basketball head coach and the winningest coach in Georgia Tech history, is in his sixth season as head coach at the College of Charleston. Cremins was named coach of the Cougars on July 3, 2006 and currently ranks among the top 15 active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories (567).
There is not a coach in the country who combines experience, development and c aring as much as Cremins. He has mentored 24 players who have gone on to the NBA, has coached in an NCAA Final Four and has twice been named National Coach of the Year by the media and his peers.
The Bronx, N.Y. native, who coached six seasons at Appalachian State (1976-81, 100-70) and 19 at Georgia Tech (1982-2000, 354-237), sports a 567-367 (.607) overall career record and is in his 31st season as a Division I head coach. He led Appalachian State to one NCAA Tournament berth and Georgia Tech to nine.
Cremins has led the Cougars to four 20-win campaigns in the last five years including last season's memorable run to the NIT Quarterfinals and a 26-11 overall record. CofC would claim its first Southern Conference regular-season championship title as well as boast the program's first NBA Draft pick and All-American since 1997 in all-time leading scorer and great Andrew Goudelock.
In 2009-10, CofC reached the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational, posted a 22-11 overall record and stunned No. 9-ranked North Carolina in an 82-79 overtime-thriller on Jan. 4, 2010 at TD Arena. A year prior, the Cougars enjoyed another successful season at 27-9 overall and a 15-5 SoCon mark in 2008-09. CofC posted a 3-1 record in the SoCon Tournament falling in the title game.
Cremins earned his 500th career win in the Cougars' 73-58 victory over Coastal Carolina on Dec. 17, 2008. The season also included a pair of wins over Davidson and an overtime upset of Cremins' alma mater South Carolina, 82-80. Jermaine Johnson, Tony White, Jr. and Goudelock all surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for their careers. Goudelock was a unanimous All-SoCon first team selection, while Johnson earned third team honors from the league's media.
Cremins led Charleston to a 22-11 record in his inaugural season in 2006-07. CofC, which won 13 of
18 league games, finished second in the Southern Conference Tournament. The Cougars won 20 games for the first time since 2003-04 and for the 21st time in program history.
Cremins is the 21st head coach in College of Charleston men's basketball history. In 2003, Georgia Tech officially named the basketball court at Alexander Memorial Coliseum "Cremins Court."
Cremins became Georgia Tech's all-time winningest coach during the 1995-96 season. He was inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame on June 9, 2006 and the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame on October 6, 2006.
Cremins thrust the Yellow Jackets into the national basketball picture with a long line of great players, beginning with Mark Price and John Salley and continued with Duane Ferrell, Tom Hammonds, Dennis Scott, Brian Oliver, Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury and M att Harpring.
Cremins guided Tech to 14 winning seasons and 14 postseason berths in his 19 years. He led the Yellow Jackets to three ACC tournament titles, two ACC regular-season titles and a Final Four appearance in 1989-90.
After graduating from South Carolina in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, Cremins played professional basketball in Ecuador before beginning his collegiate coaching career at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1972. He returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 1973.
After a two-year stint at USC, Cremins, born on July 4, 1947, was chosen to build the Appalachian State program-becoming the youngest Division I head coach in the NCAA at the age of 27. After a first year mark of 13-14, the Mountaineers posted a five-year record of 87-56, a 60-percent winning mark, while capturing three SoCon titles. His 1978-79 team registered a 23-6 mark and an NCAA bid while his 1980-81 squad was 20-9.
Cremins received his master's degree in guidance and counseling in 1972, also from South Carolina. He was a three-year starter at point guard under legendary coach Frank McGuire, leading the Gamecocks to some of their most successful seasons and a 61-17 record. Cremins was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame on September 20, 2007.
He and his wife, Carolyn, have three children: Liz, Suzie, and Bobby, III, and a daughter-in-law, Jennifer.