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Bobby Cremins announces retirement

College of Charleston head men's basketball coach Bobby Cremins announced his retirement on Monday.

Cremins, 64, took a medical leave of absence in January, and the Cougars went on to lose in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament, finishing the season with a 19-12 record.

This past season was Cremins' sixth at the school following a successful 19- year reign at Georgia Tech. His 579 career victories ranks him 46th on the all-time list.

He retired from coaching in 2000 before taking over in Charleston.

"In 2006, after being out of coaching for six years and assuming that I would never coach again, I came here not knowing what to expect. It didn't take my wife, Carolyn, and I long to fall in love with the college, our incredible city and the wonderful people who live here," Cremins said. "In six years, short of an NCAA bid, we have accomplished everything we wanted to."

Cremins, who will still be associated with the school in a fundraising capacity, led the Cougars to four 20-win campaigns and three postseason appearances.

His other accolades include taking home National Coach of the Year honors in 1985 and 1990, while capturing ACC Coach of Year in 1983, 1985 and 1996.