New York, N.Y. – Legendary Georgia tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins is one of three individuals who have been chosen to receive the Joe Lapchick Award for 2019, joining longtime CBS sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist and Connecticut basketball coach Chris Dailey.
Cremins helped build Georgia Tech into a basketball power in the 1980s and 1990s, leading the Yellow Jackets to three ACC titles and 10 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 1990, he led the Jackets to the Final Four and was named the Naismith National Coach of the Year, and he was named ACC Coach of the Year three times.
In Cremins’ 19-season tenure on the Flats, the Yellow Jackets advanced to the Sweet 16 five times under his watch, and the Elite Eight twice, including the 1990 Final Four appearance in Denver, Colo. He compiled a record of 354-237 on The Flats.
Cremins coached 13 players who received All-America recognition, and 18 who made the All-ACC team. Twenty-one of his players went on to play in the NBA, and eleven of those were selected in the first round of the NBA draft.
Lundquist has called 20 different sports at CBS, including the NCAA Tournament for 33 years, crowning a broadcast career that has spanned more than 50 years.
Dailey has been a huge part of the UConn women team’s success over the past 33 years. She arrived with head coach Geno Auriemma in 1985 and has helped guide the team to a record 11 national championships. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame last year, one of the first assistant coaches to be enshrined.
The Joe Lapchick Character Award was established in 2008 to honor the legacy of Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Joe Lapchick and pay tribute to those in the game of basketball that share his good character, commitment to excellence, and leadership skills. Lapchick coached at St. John’s University and for the New York Knicks.
The trio will be honored at a luncheon on Sept. 20 at the Yale Club in New York. For tickets and additional information please visit www.characteraward.com.
ACC NETWORK – COMING AUG. 22
The ACC Network is a linear and digital platform dedicated to 24/7 coverage of ACC sports. It will exclusively televise approximately 450 live events each year, including approximately 40 football games (beginning with Georgia Tech’s 2019 season opener at Clemson on Aug. 29), as well as 150 men’s and women’s basketball contests.
Don’t get shut out! For more information and to learn if your cable/satellite/digital provider is committed to carrying the ACC Network, visit GetACCN.com. Georgia Tech fans whose cable/satellite/digital providers aren’t already committed to carrying the ACC Network are urged to contact their providers and ask for the ACC Network to be a part of their subscription.
ABOUT GEORGIA TECH MEN’S BASKETBALL
Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team is in its fourth year under head coach Josh Pastner. Tech has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won three ACC Championships (1985, 1990, 1993), played in the NCAA Tournament 16 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004). Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball on social media by liking their Facebook Page, or following on Twitter (@GTMBB) and Instagram. For more information on Tech basketball, visit Ramblinwreck.com.
Season tickets for men’s basketball can be purchased here.