Bobby Cremins says the College of Charleston basketball team has lifted his spirits following the college's announcement last month that he was taking an indefinite medical leave of absence.
Cremins spoke to reporters Monday afternoon in his first speaking engagement since announcing that he was stepping down from coaching the Cougars.
"This didn't happen overnight. A leader has to be able to lead and I recognize I couldn't," Cremins said on Monday."I hated the time, I was just mentally and physically tired."
In January, CofC Director of Athletics Joe Hull said that he didn't expect Cremins to return to coaching basketball this season and announced Associate Head Coach Mark Byington as the new interim head coach.
"It's very important that I keep my distance. Mark is in charge," Cremins said. "I feel strongly about Mark and the job he's done."
As far as returning to coaching, Cremins said there was no timetable for a return.
"I'm not supposed to think about the future," Cremins said."I don't know about being at any games this season, I'm good where I am right now."
Cremins, a Bronx, N.Y. native, was in his sixth season as the head men's basketball coach at College of Charleston. He was named the head coach at the College of Charleston on July 3, 2006. This is his 31st season as an NCAA Dev. I head coach.
Byington has been Cremins' top assistant for the last six years and has coached nine years overall at CofC as a member of former head coach Tom Herrion's coaching staff from 2002-04 and 2005-06.
Cremins also coached six seasons at Appalachian State (1976-81, 100-70) and 19 at Georgia Tech (1982-2000, 354-237). He is the winningest coach in Georgia Tech history. He currently ranks among the top 15 active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories.
Cremins has a 567-367 (.607) overall career record as a Division I head coach. He led Appalachian State to one NCAA Tournament berth and Georgia Tech to nine.
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