AU names new associate head basketball coach

AUBURN, AL – Auburn head women's basketball coach Nell Fortner announced Tuesday that Kerry Cremeans has been promoted to associate head coach. Cremeans just completed her sixth season at Auburn and seventh overall as an assistant under Fortner.

"I am really pleased to be able to name Kerry my associate head coach," said Fortner. "She is a tremendous basketball coach and there is no question she would make a fantastic head coach, if that's what she wants to do. I am fortunate that we enjoy working together and have a great working relationship."

"In all the years I have known Nell, she has been a great friend, a great colleague and a great boss," said Cremeans. "It has been an honor to work with her these last six years at Auburn and it will be an even greater honor to continue working with her in the future. She has a great vision for the Auburn women's basketball program and I am excited to be a part of it."

Cremeans is the longest-serving of Fortner's assistants, coming with her to Auburn in 2004. While at Auburn, she has worked with the guards while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. During that stretch, she has helped bring in multiple top-ranked recruiting classes, including the 2005 class that brought WNBA Draft picks DeWanna Bonner and Whitney Boddie to the Plains.

"Kerry has a great knowledge and experience of the game and has been an excellent recruiter for us," said Fortner. "I trust her implicitly and she does a tremendous job with so many things. The longevity of us working together and the friendship that comes with that is really special, so I am just very pleased to have her as my associate head coach."

Cremeans has more than 15 years of experience as an assistant coach with more than half of those coming in the Southeastern Conference. After playing for four years at Florida, graduating in 1994, Cremeans took her first coaching position as a graduate assistant coach at Kentucky (1994-96) under current Mississippi State head coach Sharon Fanning-Otis.

Her first full-time position came from 1996-2003 as an assistant coach at Purdue. Initially hired by Fortner, Cremeans also served under Carolyn Peck and Kristy Curry. While working with Peck in 1999, Cremeans helped the Boilermakers to a NCAA Championship. Two years later, under Curry, Cremeans helped coach Purdue back to the NCAA Championship game, taking runner-up honors.

During her tenure at Purdue, the team won Big Ten championships in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2002 while winning the Big Ten Tournament in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2003.

Cremeans returned to the SEC in 2003, serving for one season under Peck at Florida. She helped take a team that went 9-19 in the previous season to a 19-11 record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

After one season at Florida, Cremeans re-united with Fortner at Auburn. Since coming to the Plains, Cremeans has helped coach the Tigers to a 116-73 record and a SEC title in 2009, Auburn's first conference title in 20 years.

Cremeans' resume also includes helping nine of her former players continue their careers in the WNBA. Included in those nine are Stephanie White (Fever), Ukari Figgs (Sparks, Fire, Comets), Katie Douglas (Sun, Fever), Kelly Komara (Fever), Shereka Wright (Mercury), Vanessa Hayden (Lynx, Sparks), Bernice Mosby (Mystics), DeWanna Bonner (Mercury) and Whitney Boddie (Monarchs).

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics