Bobby Cremins, a veteran of 31 seasons as a college basketball head coach and the winningest coach in Georgia Tech history, spent six seasons as head coach at the College of Charleston. He was named coach of the Cougars on July 3, 2006 and is the third-winningest coach in program history with a 125-68 (.648) record.
Prior to his retirement from coaching on March 19, 2012, Cremins ranked 14th among active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories (579) which currently stands as the 46th-most all-time in NCAA history ahead of former CofC legendary head coach John Kresse (53rd, 560), his mentor and former coach, Frank McGuire (56th, 549) and Lou Carnesecca (61st, 526).
There is not a coach in the country who combined experience, development and caring as much as Cremins. He mentored 25 players who were drafted or went on to play in the NBA, coached in an NCAA Final Four and was twice 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) compiled a 579-375 (.607) overall record in his illustrious 31-year coaching career. He led Appalachian State to one NCAA Tournament berth and Georgia Tech to 10.
Cremins led the Cougars to four 20-win campaigns in his previous five years, before taking a medical leave of absence in his sixth season on Jan. 27, 2012. A year ago, the program enjoyed a 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, who is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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 was 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 Matt 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 1990.
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, 64, 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 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.
CREMINS' YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD
Year School Record Conf. Finish Postseason
1975-76 Appalachian State 13-14 5th
1976-77 Appalachian State 17-12 3rd
1977-78 Appalachian State 15-13 1st
1978-79 Appalachian State 23-6 1st NCAA First Round
1979-80 Appalachian State 12-16 T6th
1980-81 Appalachian State 20-9 T1st
1981-82 Georgia Tech 10-16 8th
1982-93 Georgia Tech 13-15 6th
1983-84 Georgia Tech 18-11 T5th NIT First Round
1984-85 Georgia Tech 27-8 T1st NCAA Elite Eight
1985-86 Georgia Tech 27-7 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
1986-87 Georgia Tech 16-13 5th NCAA First Round
1987-88 Georgia Tech 22-10 4th NCAA Second Round
1988-89 Georgia Tech 20-12 5th NCAA First Round
1989-90 Georgia Tech 28-7 T3rd NCAA Final Four
1990-91 Georgia Tech 17-13 T5th NCAA Second Round
1991-92 Georgia Tech 23-12 T4th NCAA Sweet 16
1992-93 Georgia Tech 19-11 6th NCAA First Round
1993-94 Georgia Tech 16-13 6th NIT First Round
1994-95 Georgia Tech 18-12 5th
1995-96 Georgia Tech 24-12 1st NCAA Sweet 16
1996-97 Georgia Tech 9-18 9th
1997-98 Georgia Tech 19-14 6th NIT Quarterfinals
1998-99 Georgia Tech 15-16 T5th NIT First Round
1999-00 Georgia Tech 13-17 8th
2006-07 College of Charleston 22-11 2nd (South)
2007-08 College of Charleston 16-17 3rd (South)
2008-09 College of Charleston 27-9 3rd (South) CBI Second Round
2009-10 College of Charleston 22-12 2nd (South) CBI Second Round
2010-11 College of Charleston 26-11 1st (South) NIT Quarterfinals
2011-12 College of Charleston 12-8* 4th (South)
* Team record at the time of his medical leave of absence on Jan. 27, 2012. CofC finished season 19-12 overall with interim head coach Mark Byington being credited with a 7-4 coaching record.
CREMINS' CAREER TOTALS
1975-80 Appalachian State: 100-70 (.588) - Six Seasons (6th all-time in program history)
1980-00 Georgia Tech: 354-237 (.599) - 19 Seasons (1st in program history)
2006-12 College of Charleston: 125-68 (.648) - Six Seasons (3rd in program history)
TOTALS: 579-375 (.607) - 31 Seasons (46th all-time in NCAA history)
CREMINS' CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND HONORS
CHAMPIONSHIPS BY THE NUMBERS
3 - ACC Tournament Championships (1985, 1990 and 1993)
2 - ACC Regular-Season Championships (1985 and 1996)
1 - Southern Conference Tournament Championship (1979)
4 - Southern Conference Regular-Season Championships (1978, 1979, 1981 and 2011)
AWARDS BY THE NUMBERS
1 - Naismith College Coach of the Year (1990)
3 - ACC Coach of the Year (1983, 1985 and 1996)
4 - Southern Conference Coach of the Year (1976, 1978, 1981 and 2011)
POSTSEASON PLAY BY THE NUMBERS
11 - NCAA Tournament Appearances
5 - NIT Appearances
2 - CBI Appearances
1 - NCAA Final Four (1990)
USA BASKETBALL COACHING EXPERIENCE
1986 World University Games Assistant Coach - Gold Medal
1986 FIBA World Championship Assistant Coach - Gold Medal
1996 Summer Olympic Games Assistant Coach - Gold Medal
CREMINS' NBA PLAYERS DRAFTED AND COACHED (25)
APPALACHIAN STATE (1)
1979 Renaldo Lawrence (8th Round, 11th Pick, San Diego Clippers)
GEORGIA TECH (23)
1982 Brook Steppe (1st Round, 17th Overall, Kansas City Kings)
1985 Yvon Joseph (2nd Round, 36th Overall, New Jersey Nets)
1986 Mark Price (2nd Round, 25th Overall, Dallas Mavericks)
1986 John Salley (1st Round, 11th Overall, Detroit Pistons)
1988 Craig Neal (3rd Round, 71st Overall, Portland Trail Blazers)
1988 Duane Ferrell (Undrafted, Atlanta Hawks)
1989 Tom Hammonds (1st Round, 9th Overall, Washington Bullets)
1990 Dennis Scott (1st Round, 4th Overall, Orlando Magic)
1990 Brian Oliver (2nd Round, 32nd Overall, Philadelphia 76ers)
1991 Kenny Anderson (1st Round, 2nd Overall, New Jersey Nets)
1992 Jon Barry (1st Round, 21st Overall, Boston Celtics)
1992 Matt Geiger (2nd Round, 42nd Overall, Miami Heat)
1993 Malcolm Mackey (1st Round, 27th Overall, Phoenix Suns)
1994 Fred Vinson (Undrafted, Atlanta Hawks)
1995 Travis Best (1st Round, 23rd Overall, Indiana Pacers)
1995 Ivano Newbill (Undrafted, Atlanta Hawks)
1996 Stephon Marbury (1st Round, 4th Overall, Milwaukee Bucks)
1997 Ed Elisma (2nd Round, 41st Overall, Seattle SuperSonics)
1998 Matt Harpring (1st Round, 15th Overall, Orlando Magic)
1999 Dion Glover (1st Round, 20th Overall, Atlanta Hawks)
1999 Drew Barry (2nd Round, 57th Overall, Seattle SuperSonics)
2000 Jason Collier (1st Round, 15th Overall, Milwaukee Bucks)
2001 Alvin Jones (2nd Round, 56th Overall, Philadelphia 76ers)
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (1)
2011 Andrew Goudelock (2nd Round, 46th Overall, Los Angeles Lakers)