Monday , Jul , 03 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cremins returns to collegiate bench with Charleston

Charleston, SC (Sports Network) – The snow white hair and infectious smile
that were once a staple of college basketball are back, as former Georgia Tech
head coach Bobby Cremins is returning to the bench for the first time since
2000 to lead the College of Charleston.

Director of athletics Jerry Baker announced the news Monday, signaling the
beginning of a new day in Cougar basketball. The College of Charleston was a
mid-major power in the late 1990s and Cremins is the winningest coach in
Georgia Tech history.

“It’s great to be undefeated. First and foremost, I feel very fortunate to be
here today,” said Cremins. “I want to thank the selection committee for having
the belief and confidence in me.”

Cremins made a name for himself with the Yellow Jackets, guiding the program
to 14 winning seasons and 14 postseason berths in his 19 years. Georgia Tech
won three Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles, one ACC regular-season
title and reached the Final Four in 1990 with a backcourt featuring future NBA
players Kenny Anderson and Dennis Scott.

The success at Georgia Tech and a brief hiatus from the game brought back
Cremins’ desire to coach.

“For me the bottom line was I really wanted to coach again. I wanted to be
back in this game I love,” said Cremins. “It’s in my blood, and now more than
ever, my drive and my enthusiasm are back. I miss the relationship with my
players, I miss the challenge of competing for championships, I miss teaching,
I miss being in the gym, I also miss the college life.”

Cremins’ trophy case is also full of personal accolades, taking home National
Coach of the Year honors in 1985 and 1990, while capturing ACC Coach of Year
in 1983, 1985 and 1996.

The opportunity to hire Cremins came only after Winthrop head coach Gregg
Marshall backed out after being introduced on Charleston’s campus last week.
He had a change of heart and decided to return to the Eagles.

Enter Cremins, who has the task of turning around a troubled program. Tom
Herrion was dismissed on June 14 after three straight poor seasons and the
program is in far different shape than it was during John Kresse’s reign in
the 1990s.

Charleston made four trips to the NCAA Tournament under Kresse and made a name
for itself as a giant killer, knocking off powerhouses like Maryland and
Cremins’ Georgia Tech squad.

“John (Kresse) was on the committee and I figured I had John’s vote because I
help put John Kresse on the map,” joked Cremins.