Bobby Cremins

Bobby Cremins (born July 4, 1947)

Teams coached: Appalachian State Mountaineers, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, College of Charleston Cougars
Appalachian State record: 100-70 (.588)
Georgia Tech record: 354-237 (.599)
College of Charleston record: 125-68 (.648)
Overall record: 579-375 (.607)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  11  (1979, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen: (1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1996)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four: (1990)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  5  (1984, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2011)
  • CBI Appearances:  2  (2009, 2010)
  • SoCon Regular Season Champion:  4  (1978, 1979, 1981, 2011)
  • ACC Regular Season Champion:  2  (1985, 1996)
  • SoCon Tournament Champion:  1  (1979)
  • ACC Tournament Champion:  3  (1985, 1990, 1993)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2006-2012 College of Charleston
1981-2000 Georgia Tech
1975-1981 Appalachian State
1973-1975 South Carolina (asst)
1971-1973 Point Park (asst)

Bobby Cremins Facts

  • Robert Joseph Cremins, Jr.
  • Born July 4, 1947
  • Hometown: The Bronx, New York
  • Alma Mater: University of South Carolina (BS, 1970 & MS, 1974)
  • Bronx-native played at All Hallows HS and then went on to play for Hall of Fame head coach Frank McGuire at South Carolina like many other NYC prospects during that time, due to McGuire’s roots in and recruiting pipeline to the city
  • Started his coaching career with a two-year stint at NAIA Point Park College in Pittsburgh before returning to USC in 1973 to serve as an assistant to McGuire and earn his master’s degree
  • Took over as the head coach at Appalachian State in 1975 at just 27 years of age, making him one of the youngest head coaches in Division I men’s basketball
  • Hired away in 1981 to become the head coach at Georgia Tech, returning to the ACC where he played at USC
    • Coached the Ramblin’ Wreck for nineteen seasons, winning 354 games and going to ten NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 1990 (which earned him Naismith COY honors)
    • Recruited and coached a number of future NBA players at Tech, including Stephon Marbury, Dennis Scott, Kenny Anderson, John Salley, Mark Price and many others
    • Agreed to become the head coach at his alma mater, South Carolina, on 3/24/93 before changing his mind and returning to Georgia Tech three days later
    • Was an assistant for Team USA at the 1996 Summer Olympics (the second “Dream Team”), which won the gold medal
    • Retired from coaching after the 1999-2000; the court at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on the Georgia Tech campus is named “Cremins Court” in his honor
    • Inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Turned down several coaching jobs after retirement, instead opting for television commentary and motivational speaking engagements over the next six years
  • Came out of retirement in 2006 to be the head coach at College of Charleston near his home in Hilton Head, SC
    • Won 125 games in 5+ seasons at CofC, taking a medical leave in January 2012 that would eventually cause him to retire a second and final time in March of that year
    • Finished with 22+ wins in four of his five full seasons as head coach and led the Cougars to the NIT in 2011 and the CBI in both 2009 and 2010

Bobby Cremins Coaching Tree