Feb. 3, 2015
Greensboro, N.C. – Legendary Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins is among thirteen former standout players and record-setting coaches who headline this year’s class of ACC Basketball Legends presented by New York Life, the conference office announced Tuesday.
After winning 100 games in six seasons at Appalachian State, Cremins took the reins at Georgia Tech and rapidly built the program into one of the nation’s elite. While at Tech, the Bronx, New York native and former University of South Carolina starting guard garnered three ACC titles, three ACC Coach of the Year Awards, and in 1990 was named the Naismith National Coach of the Year after leading the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four.
In his 19-season tenure on the Flats, Cremins coached his Tech teams to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including nine straight appearances from 1985-93. 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. Tech also played in the NIT four times under Cremins.
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.
In 2000, Cremins stepped down with a record of 354-237 in 19 seasons at Tech. He was the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Contributor to Georgia Basketball Award, presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, and the playing floor at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion is named “Cremins Court” in his honor. 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 in 2011. 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.
The Legends will be recognized during the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament, which will be held March 10-14 at the Greensboro Coliseum. They will be featured at the annual ACC Legends Luncheon, which will be held Friday, March 13, beginning at noon in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel. They will then be introduced that evening to the Greensboro Coliseum crowd during halftime of the first semifinal game. Ticket information for the ACC Legends Luncheon is available at theACC.com and at the end of this release.
THE 2015 ACC LEGENDS CLASS
Malcolm Huckaby, Guard, Boston College
Horace Grant, Forward, Clemson
Shane Battier, Forward, Duke
Doug Edwards, Forward, Florida State
Bobby Cremins, Head Coach, Georgia Tech
Junior Bridgeman, Guard/Forward, Louisville
Darius Rice, Forward, Miami
Franklin “Rusty” Clark, Center, North Carolina
Vinny Del Negro, Guard, NC State
Troy Murphy, Forward, Notre Dame
Billy Knight, Guard/Forward, Pitt
Derrick Coleman, Forward, Syracuse
Donald Hand, Guard, Virginia
Charlie Moir, Head Coach, Virginia Tech
Dave Budd, Forward, Wake Forest
This year’s ACC Legends class includes two National Players of the Year, a Final Four MVP, seven players who earned conference player of the year honors and a pair of ACC Tournament MVPs. The group combined to make eight NCAA Final Four appearances and capture 10 ACC Tournament titles. The two coaches in this year’s class own a combined 971 wins in 51 collegiate seasons.
The Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Legends Luncheon will be held on Friday, March 13, beginning at noon in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel in Greensboro. The event will conclude with a short autograph session. Tickets for the ACC Basketball Legends Luncheon are $35 each, and tables of 10 are available for $350 each.
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