Cremins retiring from coaching

Former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins announced his retirement Monday at a news conference at the College of Charleston. Cremins had coached at the school for six seasons after retiring from Tech but took a leave of absence in late January due to exhaustion.

“I had nothing,” Cremins told the Associated Press in early February. “I had no gas.”

Cremins, 64, will remain at the school as a fundraiser and consultant.

Cremins coached at Tech for 19 seasons, from 1981 to 2000, and finished his tenure as the school’s all-time winningest coach and nine NCAA tournament berths, including the Jackets’ first Final Four trip in 1990. He also led Tech to three ACC tournament titles and two regular-season titles.

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crackbaby

March 19th, 2012
3:43 pm

Thanks for putting Tech hoops on the map Bobby C!

You created the Thriller Dome! Will never forget the team that lost to Georgetown in the elite eight or Lethal Weapon 3.

old devil

March 19th, 2012
3:48 pm

Second. Thanks Bobby for the eighties and nineties and some damn fine Tech teams.

Winger

March 19th, 2012
3:57 pm

If he could coach as well as he recruits, Tech would have been a national power for a long time.

The Factor

March 19th, 2012
3:57 pm

As one who attended UGA, I loved this guy. It was hard for me not to root for him even while at Tech. College basketball will miss him. A gem.

The Factor

March 19th, 2012
4:00 pm

Winger, you are a pinhead. The ACC in the 80’s and 90’s was like playing football in the SEC now. You can be a great coach and not always bring a title home.

Chaos

March 19th, 2012
4:04 pm

Enter your comments here

Steve

March 19th, 2012
4:06 pm

Used to go to his camps all the time. Will be missed

mrb

March 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

I wish the man the best. By the way, as recent history has reminded many of us Tech fans, in addition to being a great human being, he was an underrated coach.

Tech '10

March 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

Thanks Bobby for the Thrills Bobby!

Chaos

March 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

Winger obviously didn’t watch much ACC BB during Bobby’s tenure at GT. He was a heck of a coach…and I was rootin’ for another ACC team. Tech always was a battle because of Cremins.

RICH

March 19th, 2012
4:08 pm

BOTTOM LINE. A GREAT PERSON.HE WILL BE MISSED.THANKS FOR THE MEMORRIES

Grateful

March 19th, 2012
4:08 pm

Thank you, Coach

Tech '10

March 19th, 2012
4:08 pm

Oh goodness…. Thanks for the Thrills Bobby! That’s what I meant to type….

crackbaby

March 19th, 2012
4:09 pm

I’m with you, Factor. Although Bobby was never the best X & O guy, he willed his teams to win on the strength of guard play. Something that has been sorely missing at Tech since the 2004 team that came in second in the NCAAs. (I’m not discounting Tom Hammonds, James Forrest & Matt Harpring – but the key to the Jackets under Bobby C was guard play).

So while Tech was often out-coached by coach K and the Dukies, the Jackets won more than their fare share against the Tar Heels. Those games were exciting!

Factor – thanks for sharing that even our Athens brethren could see the passion and joy that was Coach Cremins.

OldJacket

March 19th, 2012
4:10 pm

I remember camping out for tickets when I was a student at Georgia Tech in the 80’s. Cremins would come by to shake our hands while we waited. An absolutely great guy!

Go Jackets

March 19th, 2012
4:11 pm

While I like Paul Hewitt, and really appreciate the 2003-2004 team, Bobby should never have been shown the door from Tech. Just more proof that the grass is not always greener.

Good Luck

March 19th, 2012
4:11 pm

Mr. Cremins and thanks for the memories! Kick back and enjoy retirement you’ve earned it!

crackbaby

March 19th, 2012
4:14 pm

Here is the ultimate example of how easy it is to love Bobby Cremins.

He quit his job to go to South Carolina. Had second thoughts and asked for his job back…. AND GOT IT!

He then joked, “What does USC stand for?”
U seen Cremins… LOL

Has that ever happened in major college sports? Will it ever again? doubt it.

Good Luck

March 19th, 2012
4:14 pm

When I say retirement, I mean hit the links a Kiawah more often. LOL

buzzwax

March 19th, 2012
4:16 pm

Few people make a sport or a school better, Bobby did!!

Back in the late 80’s I ran into Bobby at the former sports bar in the Prado. He was sitting next to Mike Fratello who was then with the Hawks. Being a HUGE GT fan I approached Bobby to simply say hello and show my appreciation for him and the program. I’ll never forget Bobby whispering to me, do you know who that is sitting next to me. I softly said, sure that’s Mike Fratello. To not be disrepectful I didn’t ever tell Bobby that I could care less about Mike Fratello and that I wanted to talk to BOBBY!!

Few people have his personality where you simply can’t help but love the guy!! Would love to see him help Brian Gregory with recruiting. CBG is doing a good job but Bobby was GREAT!

Road Scholar

March 19th, 2012
4:19 pm

Thanks and congrats on jobs well done. Enjoy retirement and visit Tech often. Hopefully I’ll see you on the golf course.

Good Luck

March 19th, 2012
4:19 pm

Lots of memories…the most vivid is the 1993 ACC Tournament Championship. They were not expected to win the first game. I believe the wins propelled them into the NCAA tournament. Thanks Bobby and of course that team.

Jim S.

March 19th, 2012
4:20 pm

I always admired Coach Cremins, even as a UGA alumnus. He had an outstanding career and definitely raised the level of college hoops in this state. Price, Salley, Anderson, ‘Starbury’ and the like brought great excitement to the ‘Thriller Dome’.

OldGold1964

March 19th, 2012
4:23 pm

We love you, Bobby! Congratulations and enjoy your retirement, as well as the ocassional “consulting” work that you want to do.

crackbaby

March 19th, 2012
4:25 pm

Back in the 80s, Tech and UGA played in the Omni a week or two after the annual grid-iron matchup.

Some of those games were all out battles – fans were into it, too. Lots of passion and hard fought wins and losses on both sides. My future wife and I double-dated at one of those games (but we weren’t each other’s dates, LOL).

Doug

March 19th, 2012
4:29 pm

God Bless and Godspeed to Bobby! Tech basketball has not been the same, and as a 1979 Tech grad, I sat through some really bad basketball while I was in school.

Brian

March 19th, 2012
4:29 pm

I am a UGA fan but while Cremins was with Tech I loved loved Tech basketball. I now stick with Mercer as my basketball team.
Love Cremins.

allison

March 19th, 2012
4:36 pm

Congratulations Bobby! Tech basketball was always best with you coaching…….I loved your enthusiasm, The Silver Fox they called you :)

BehindEnemyLines

March 19th, 2012
4:39 pm

Thank you Bobby, something GT fans will never be able to say enough.

Cremins Dawg

March 19th, 2012
4:45 pm

Son went to Cremin’s. camps at Ga Tech for several years. Cremin’s was a great example and interacted with all the campers. Did not find that at other camps run by “big name” coaches. Son was in lower and middle school when he got to know Coach Cremin’s. And when my son called him and asked him to speak to their graduating class, he said yes. And did not charge a fee as another “big name” coached wanted to charge the next year. Thanks, Coach Cremin’s for those untold examples of your kindness, generosity and leadership. You have earned your time to kick back and rest a few days Would expect to love to see you on one of the sports networks soon.

Andre

March 19th, 2012
4:45 pm

Went to his camps every where. Congrats and Thank You!

crackbaby

March 19th, 2012
4:49 pm

@CreminsDawg -

Great story. Thanks for sharing.

Larry

March 19th, 2012
4:51 pm

Met Coach in the lobby of the Greenville, SC Hilton Hotel. A nicer, more pleasant man you will not meet.

Come Back

March 19th, 2012
4:57 pm

come back to Tech bobby–the new coach doesn’t have a clue!

Sarfdawg

March 19th, 2012
5:00 pm

Agree completely with “The Factor” above. Cremins was always a gentleman and a terrific fun coach. I rooted for his teams all the time back in the 80s, even as a Georgia student. I wish him the best.

GT Dude

March 19th, 2012
5:00 pm

@ Doug, I graduated in 1979 as well and missed being a student during the “Cremins Years” But on the positive side we never had to wait in line for tickets and if fact most games never even had to get a ticket just walk in the door…
Cremins changed all that :-)

Sterling

March 19th, 2012
5:03 pm

As a high school coach here in Georgia, I can’t say enough about Coach Cremins. What a passionate, classy, caring man. He made you feel important and always cared about your program. Never was there a more inviting man at Tech practices and when he was on the recruiting trail (where he dominated). Kids loved playing for the man. He is also extremely well respected by his peers and that goes for the Coach K’s/Deans/ etc. Basketball misses him already.

Wrecker

March 19th, 2012
5:04 pm

Congrats on a great career, Coach! We miss you and all wish you the best, no matter what you do next!

David Henderson

March 19th, 2012
5:05 pm

BOBBY IS THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS!

Always a Jacket

March 19th, 2012
5:13 pm

A Sad Day for College Hoops. Great Coach and Person.

howdy1942

March 19th, 2012
5:13 pm

I’ve been following Bobby Cremins since he was a guard at South Carolina. Georgia Tech had a rare gem in Bobby Cremins. He took Georgia Tech from last to first. He built a first-class program and I had just wished that circumstances could have been created that would have kept him at Tech. Just as Coach K is a dynasty at Duke, Cremins was that at Tech. Coach K had some rough years, but patience with him at Duke has paid off in spades. We’ll miss you Bobby. Your enthusiasm, your passion, your energy, and your commitment are all second to none. I’ll always remember the excitement of the “Lethal Three” and its awesome shooting. Get some rest and enjoy your retirement.

Tucker

March 19th, 2012
5:15 pm

The kids in the student section wearing the Bobby Cremins wigs will be a long lasting image in my mind of the fun and excitement of big time college basketball. Best wishes to Coach Cremins for an enjoyable retirement.

Fan

March 19th, 2012
5:15 pm

I was a slightly above average high school player that was lightly recruited by Coach Cremins at Tech until he decided I wasn’t good enough to play there. But he was always incredibly gracious, made me and my family feel valued and even went out of his way to visit with me before the game when the school I did end up playing for played at Tech. Class, class guy.

putter

March 19th, 2012
5:17 pm

Bobby’s a class act. Wish you nothing but the best in your retirement years.

reebok

March 19th, 2012
5:18 pm

I had the privilege of meeting Coach Cremins several times when Tech was a perennial national contender…he had no clue who I was, but couldn’t have been more charming and gracious. He literally seemed thrilled to chat with a perfect stranger about Tech hoops. He’s a great guy, I wish him the best.

Paddy

March 19th, 2012
5:19 pm

Winger……so Bobby was at Tech 19 years but he could not coach. Pls explain. Your answer should be amusing!

J'boroJacket

March 19th, 2012
5:22 pm

He did the sports banquet at our highschool one year and I was able to talk my way into the event to get pictures of Cremins. I was fortunate enought to get to talk to him and tell him I was going to Tech the following year. He thanked me for coming that night and welcomed me to Tech. I saw great teams from ‘86 on when I was there. Highlight was D. Scott against UNC stealing and hitting the trey on my birthday. I got to know a few players and able to play in the coliseum on a few occassions. Awesome. Enjoy golf, you deserve it.

tenndawg

March 19th, 2012
5:23 pm

I had dinner with Cremins years ago, he was a funny guy and was very cordial to a stranger like me who he’d never even met. A super guy that did a lot for Tech BB, good luck coach.

GT Alum

March 19th, 2012
5:24 pm

I was at his last game in the ACC tournament and the standing ovation that he received from the fans of every ACC school is a testament to his greatness as both a coach and a man. Every time I met him, he was the most genuine person, not what I expected from a New Yorker. The comments from even rival schools show that he did things right. He deserves a respite, although I hope he’ll spend a little time helping our basketball team.

Promethius

March 19th, 2012
5:27 pm

I am from NY, and GT Alum, your prejudice against Northerners is just what I expected.