Naismith honors part-time Hilton Head resident Bobby Cremins

ksalter@islandpacket.comJune 27, 2014 

Bobby Cremins plays the final round of the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament last year at Harbour Town Golf Links. Cremins is expected to be among the celebrities playing again this weekend.

SARAH WELLIVER/STAFF PHOTO

His coaching career may be over, but legendary former college basketball coach Bobby Cremins has not stopped adding accolades to his illustrious resume.

Cremins, the former Georgia Tech and College of Charleston coach and a part-time Hilton Head resident, was recognized by the Atlanta Tipoff Club earlier this week with the 2014 Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men's College Basketball award.

In 2012, Cremins retired as head coach of College of Charleston in midseason, citing exhaustion. Over nearly four decades of coaching, Cremins compiled a record of 579-375 during stints at Appalachian State, Georgia Tech and College of Charleston. He lead the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four in 1990, an achievement that earned him coach of the year honors.

"I think the older you get, the better you get," Cremins said. "They do a great job in Atlanta. I really appreciate it."

The Tipoff Club's annual award, first given out in 1982, honors someone who has made significant, positive contributions to basketball. Coaches, broadcasters, college administrators and media members are eligible for the award, which also recognizes individuals for their character, integrity and dignity.

Cremins' accomplishments will be recognized at the Naismith Awards Invitational celebrity golf tournament in Atlanta, held Sept. 14-15.

Cremins said he has his health back, played golf for the first time in a long time on Thursday -- it admittedly wasn't his best outing -- and has been following the progress of the changing landscape of college basketball. He also hosts a radio show during the season, and says coming back to the island has helped him recover and refresh.

"I'm still trying to stay involved with college basketball," Cremins said. "It's at a real crossroads right now."

Since leaving coaching, Cremins has also worked as a broadcast analyst and spends time as an ambassador for his former schools.

Related stories:

Storin: Cremins feeling good and staying busy, March 14, 2013

Less rough for Cremins lately, Sept. 3, 2012

Cremins looking forward to his post-coaching days, May 9, 2013

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