Kresse to receive 2014 Lapchick Character Award

Sports - Former College of Charleston head basketball coach and arena namesake John Kresse celebrates after making the ceremonial final shot at the John Kresse Arena after its closing ceremony Saturday, March 1, 2008. The Carolina First Center is scheduled to open next season. (Alan Hawes/Staff) ¬ ¬ Former C of C coach John Kresse celebrates after making the ceremonial final shot at John Kresse Arena on Saturday. Buy this photo

Former College of Charleston head coach John Kresse, who led the Cougars to an NAIA championship and four NCAA tournament appearances, was named the 2014 recipient of the Lapchick Character Award.

Kresse and Naismith Hall of Famer Clarence "Big House" Gaines, who won 828 games in 47 years at Winston-Salem State, are the seventh annual winners of the award which is named after the Naismith Hall of Fame coach and is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri.

The award recognizes those who have shown the character traits of Lapchick, who coached at St. John's (N.Y.) University and with the New York Knicks.

The award will be presented at a luncheon on Nov. 20 with the recipients honored the night of the 2K Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden in New York.


The Citadel women's soccer team opens its season on Friday with a 4 p.m. home game against USC Upstate before heading to Conway on Sunday for a 6 p.m. contest against Coastal Carolina.

The Bulldogs return 13 of the 18 players from last year's 5-11-2 squad but must replace the high-scoring trio of Mariana Garcia, Ruth Leiva and Nicole Levermann. Senior Vanessa Aponte, the school's all-time assist leader (15), returns after redshirting a year ago.

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