ATLANTA - Bobby Cremins, the former College of Charleston coach and winningest coach in Georgia Tech men's basketball history, was selected as the 2014 Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men's College Basketball award winner, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday.
First given in 1982 to Curt Gowdy, the Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men's Basketball Award is presented annually to individuals whose extraordinary efforts have made contributions of outstanding significance and have created a long-lasting positive impact on the game of basketball.
The recipients display character, integrity and dignity, and have contributed mightily to the growth, success and viability of basketball. To be eligible, an individual must have been involved with the sport in a capacity related to coaching, broadcasting, college administration or the news media.
Selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Directors, Cremins will be recognized at the Naismith Awards Invitational celebrity golf tournament Sept. 14-15 in Atlanta.
"I am honored to receive this prestigious award. Having lived and coached in Atlanta for 19 years I am very familiar with the Naismith Awards and the Atlanta Tipoff Club," said Cremins. "I know a lot of the previous winners personally and to be associated with them is a lifetime accomplishment. I thank the selection committee and look forward to continuing to help the game of college basketball in any way I can."
Cremins, who played at South Carolina, received his first head coaching job with Appalachian State at the age of 27. He led the Mountaineers for six seasons, compiling a 100-70 record and earning one NCAA Tournament appearance.
In 1981, Cremins took the reins of the men's basketball program at Georgia Tech and achieved a great amount of success. While at Tech, Cremins garnered three ACC Coach of the Year Awards, and in 1990 he led the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four.
That same season, Cremins was awarded the Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year. In 2000, after coaching at Georgia Tech for 19 seasons, Cremins announced his retirement. He ended his time with Tech with a record of 354-237.
In 2006, Cremins came out of retirement to coach the men's basketball team at the College of Charleston.
During his time with the Cougars he compiled a 125-68 record and a Southern Conference regular-season championship during the 2010-2011 season. In March 2012, Cremins ended his coaching career with a lifetime record of 579-375.
Today, he remains close to the game as a broadcaster for Raycom, and he hosts a radio show on Sirius XM.