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Kerry Cremeans

Hometown:
Wheelersburg, Ohio

Position:
Head Coach

Email:
Kerry.Cremeans@du.edu

Twitter:
@DUCoachKerry


12/30/2016

PIONEERS HOST BISON IN CONFERENCE HOME OPENER

Game Will Be Broadcast on Altitude 2 TV

12/27/2016

DENVER OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY WITH TRIP TO SOUTH DAKOTA

Pioneers Look to Start Conference Season Strong At USD

12/19/2016

DENVER SET FOR MEETING WITH NORTHEASTERN

Tip is Slated for 12 p.m. Tuesday

12/15/2016

DENVER RETURNS HOME FOR FINAL TWO GAMES BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK

The Pioneers Play Host to Seattle University Friday

12/05/2016

PIONEERS RETURN HOME TUESDAY, PLAY HOST TO PEPPERDINE

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 2015-16, Cremeans led a very youthful Pioneers squad against three NCAA opponents during the year, starting with then-No. 3 Notre Dame in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving break. Denver then met up with Colorado State at home during the middle in homestand in December, followed by a two-game season series against South Dakota State. Cremeans also coached senior Paige Bradley to a Summit League All-League honorable mention. Bradley was also the first player  to finish all four years under Cremeans, finishing 12th on the all-time scoring list. The 2015-16 Pioneer squad was also named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, compiling a 3.484 cumulative GPA. The team earned a No. 17-ranking among all NCAA Division I institutions across the country. 

In the Pioneers third season under Cremeans' leadership, Denver faced off against Air Force on Dec. 8, 2014, and in that match the Pioneers broke the school record netting 19 3-pointers. DU's 19 3-point baskets ties them for fourth all-time in NCAA Division I women's basketball history for made 3-pointers in a single game. Also in that game, senior guard Morgan Van Riper-Rose nailed 10 3-pointers, which is the most in program history in a single game and ties her for third most all-time in NCAA Division I women's basketball history.

In Cremeans' second season, the Pioneers ended the season making a deep tournament run, ending in the Summit League Championship. In the quarterfinals the Pioneers beat three seed Fort Wayne and in the semifinal game Denver upset two seed IUPUI in overtime. Cremeans led the Pioneers as they advanced to The Summit League Championship Finals against South Dakota. Denver would eventually finish as tournament runners-up, falling just one win shy of receiving a NCAA Tournament berth. Denver finished the 2013-14 season ranked in the top 100 nationally in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage. The Pioneer women's basketball program also finished the 2014 academic year ranked no. 14 nationally on the WBCA Top 25 Team Honor Roll, after compiling an overall team GPA of 3.498.

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.

CREMEANS' COACHING SUCCESSES

  • 1998 NCAA Elite Eight, Purdue University
  • 1999 National Champions, Purdue University
  • 2001 National Runners-Up, Purdue University
  • 2009 SEC Champions, Auburn University
  • 2014 Summit League Tournament Runners-up (Denver)
  • 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 28 players that went on to play overseas professionally (Denver, Kentucky, Purdue, Florida and Auburn)
  • Two teams recognized by the NCAA for a Top-10 Percentile APR Score (2008-09, 2009-10)
  • One team that finished in the WBCA Top 25 Team Honor Roll for overall team GPA (Denver #14, 2013-14)

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