Kerry Cremeans Named Women's Hoops Coach

Kerry Cremeans
Former Auburn University Associate Head Coach Kerry Cremeans has been named Head Coach of the University of Denver women’s basketball team, DU AD Peg Bradley-Doppes announced today. 

"I am very honored and humbled to become the new head coach at the University of Denver,” Cremeans said. “There is a strong foundation already in place, and I am ready to continue building on that with these incredible young ladies that represent DU. I want to especially thank Peg Bradley-Doppes and Pam Wettig for this unbelievable opportunity. They are the best-of-the-best in college athletics, and I look forward to working alongside them."

Cremeans succeeds newly-hired Boston College Head Coach Erik Johnson and becomes the ninth head coach in DU women’s basketball history since the program’s inception in 1974. Cremeans spent eight seasons at Auburn, including the last two as the program’s associate head coach, and is widely regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country.

·         1998 NCAA Elite Eight, Purdue University
·         1999 National Champions, Purdue University
·         2001 National Runners-Up, Purdue University
·         10 NCAA Tournament Appearances (Purdue, Florida, Auburn)
·         Five-Time Conference Champions (Big Ten and SEC)
·         Four-Time Conference Tournament Champions (Big Ten)
·         Coached one Wade Trophy Winner (Purdue)
·         Coached five Conference Players of the Year (Purdue and Auburn)
·         Coached four Kodak/State Farm All-Americans (Purdue and Auburn)
·         Coached five Conference Players of the Year (Purdue and Auburn)
·         Coached 21 First Team All-Conference Players (Purdue, Florida and Auburn)
·         Coached three First Team Academic All-Americans (Purdue)
·         Coached one Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Auburn)
·         Coached 12 players that went on to the WNBA (Kentucky, Purdue, Florida and Auburn)
·         Coached 27 players that went on to play overseas (Kentucky, Purdue, Florida and Auburn)
·         Two teams recognized by the NCAA for a Top-10 Percentile APR Score (08-09, 09-10)


dggoddard said...

Lots of SEC & Big Ten experience. She'll be a rock star in the WAC.

Anonymous said...

Excellent hire, and hungry to be a a head coach. She has been part of NCAA championship programs, and that can't hurt when she is selling DU in the living room.

Well done, DU.

timt89 said...

Another great hire for the athletic department. We may not have the flashiest AD but she gets quality coaches and stays out of the way!


Anonymous said...

Peg is the best AD in the history of the school. DU is the best non-football athletic dept in the country, bar none. At no time in DU history have we had more of our athletic programs nationally relevant:

Hockey - top 10
M Basketball - top 100
M Lacrosse - top 10
Mens Soccer - top 50
Women's Gymnastics - top 15
Skiing - Top 5
W basketball - top 100
W Lacrosse - top 20
W Soccer - top 75
MW Swimming - Top 100
W Golf - top 50
M Golf - top 100
M Tennis - top 75
W Tennis - top 100
W Volleyball - Top 200*

Add to that the 3.3 dept GPA, the 90% graduation rate and growing attendance in Lax and Hoops, a new conference affiliations for the WAC and NCHC, more school spirit and it's a pretty impressive performance.

dggoddard said...

The ultimate sign of respect for a college athletic program is when your coaches, assistant coaches and staffers move up to bigger jobs.

So couple the successes on the field, ice and courts with the promotions and you can see the "DU Formula" is working.

Anonymous said...

Apparently Cremeans has added Colorado-native Abby Waner as an assistant coach. Having a former national high school player of the year, Duke graduate, WNBA player and ESPN personality on staff seems like a boon for recruiting, especially in-state. Will be interesting to see the rest of the staff since Johnson took his three assistants with him to BC.