Game Will Be Broadcast on Altitude 2 TV
Pioneers Look to Start Conference Season Strong At USD
Tip is Slated for 12 p.m. Tuesday
The Pioneers Play Host to Seattle University Friday
Denver Returns Home for Hoops and Education Game at Magness Arena
Kerry Cremeans (krah-MEANS) enters her fifth season as head coach of the University of Denver women's basketball program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Cremeans career at DU is highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Summit League Championships in 2013-14.
In April of 2012, Cremeans became the ninth head coach in Denver women's basketball history since the program's inception in 1974. Cremeans spent eight seasons at Auburn, including her last two as the program's associate head coach, helping the Tigers to a SEC Championship in 2009. Cremeans is widely regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country.
In her first season with the Pioneers, Cremeans helped Denver to a 14-17 record, including an 8-10 mark in WAC play. Denver recorded its first ever road-win over a BCS conference school when it defeated Oregon 73-62 on Dec. 2. The Pioneers followed that up with victories over Front Range rivals Northern Colorado, Air Force and Colorado State. Denver finished in the top 100 nationally in scoring offense, rebounding margin, assists per-game and assist-turnover ratio. The Pioneers opened the WAC Tournament with a 73-63 victory over Texas State, before being eliminated by Utah State in the tournament quarterfinals.
Cremeans arrived at Denver in 2012 with more than 18 years of coaching experience. A 1994 graduate of Florida and four-year basketball letter winner, 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.
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).
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.
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