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Kerry Cremeans Named DU Women’s Hoops Head Coach
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 04/18/2012
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DENVER - Former Auburn University Associate Head Coach Kerry Cremeans (krah-MEANS) has been named Head Coach of the University of Denver women's basketball team, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation 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.

"We are so happy to announce the hiring of Kerry Cremeans as the ninth head coach of the DU women's basketball program," Bradley-Doppes said. "Kerry's energy and passion for all things women's basketball is inspiring and infectious. She has a great pedigree for success, and we are so proud to have her as a part of our Pioneer family. A special thank you goes out to Pam Wettig for her hard work in bringing Kerry to DU."

Cremeans arrives at Denver with more than 18 years of coaching experience. A 1994 graduate of Florida and four-year basketball letterwinner, Cremeans served on the coaching staff of her alma mater in 2003-04 after spending seven years as the top recruiter at Purdue under legendary head coach Nell Fortner.

"We're very excited to have Kerry join the University of Denver and lead our women's basketball program," said Wettig, DU's senior associate AD/senior woman administrator. "She is very respected by coaches from across the country and brings a great deal of energy and excitement to the game."

During her time at Purdue, Cremeans helped the Boilermakers to an impressive 181-49 record and seven consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. During the 1999 season, Cremeans played an instrumental role in leading Purdue to an unprecedented 34-1 record and an NCAA title. In seven seasons at Purdue, Cremeans helped lead the Boilermakers to four Big Ten Tournament titles (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2003) and three regular season conference titles (1999, 2001 and 2002).

"The future of DU Basketball is bright and great things are on the horizon," Cremeans said. "We will represent this University and athletic department with the highest level of integrity and class. We will be relentless on the court and we will strive for excellence in the classroom. I can't wait to get started!"

During her time at Florida, Cremeans aided in the resurgence of the then-struggling Gator program, leading them to a 19-11 overall record in 2003-04, a 10-win improvement over the previous season.

Cremeans started her coaching career in 1994 as an assistant women's basketball coach at Kentucky. From 1994-96, Cremeans coordinated travel, served as the liaison to the Center for Academic Development, scouted opponents and served as the film exchange coordinator for the Wildcats.

Cremeans earned her degree in exercise science from Florida in 1994 and her master's in sport management from Kentucky in 2004. A GTE Academic All-American, she helped lead the Gators to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, the first two in the school's history. She concluded her career at Florida as the all-time leader in three-pointers made.

CREMEANS' COACHING SUCCESSES

  • 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 professionally (Kentucky, Purdue, Florida and Auburn)
  • Two teams recognized by the NCAA for a Top-10 Percentile APR Score (2008-09, 2009-10)

To request an interview with Coach Cremeans, please contact Nicole Dupes at Nicole.dupes@du.edu or 303-871-4990.

Please visit DenverPioneers.com for the most comprehensive coverage of Denver women's basketball, as well as all of DU's 17 athletic programs.

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