Cremins to be keynote speaker

Former App State head basketball coach Bobby Cremins, center, will be the keynote speaker at the Legends Gala on June 21 at Linville’s Camp Yonahnoka.

BOONE — Hall of Fame coach Bobby Cremins will serve as the keynote speaker this summer when Appalachian State Athletics hosts the Legends Gala at Camp Yonahnoka for the third straight year.

Scheduled for June 21, at the breathtaking mountain resort located at The Eseeola Lodge at Linville Golf Club in Linville, the event will feature many legends with connections to Appalachian and the High Country.

Following in the footsteps of previous keynote speakers Mack Brown and Joe Gibbs, Cremins is known for both his accomplishments as a college basketball coach, including a successful, career-igniting run at App State for six seasons from 1975-81, and his humor as a storyteller with deep ties to New York and the South.

Cremins led Appalachian State’s men to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1979 and directed the Mountaineers to Southern Conference regular-season titles in 1978, 1979 and 1981. A three-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year, he went 100-70 overall and 51-31 in league play during his six seasons in Boone.

From there, he coached at Georgia Tech from 1981-2000 and led the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four in 1990, when he was named the Naismith College Coach of the Year. Cremins also coached at the College of Charleston from 2006-12 and retired with 579 career wins.

Last year, with App State alum and Clemson play-by-play voice Don Munson emceeing the event and Gibbs attending as the keynote speaker, a crowd of approximately 200 gathered in a picturesque setting with Grandfather Mountain and Linville Golf Club in the backdrop.

The 2018 event attracted many high-profile guests, including Gibbs, Brown, Cremins, Bob Griese (Super Bowl-winning quarterback), current NFL defensive back Doug Middleton, Jerry Moore (football coach), Dino Hackett (football), Larry Hand (football), Mary Jayne Harrelson Reeves (track & field), John Settle (football), Traci Blankenship Smith (volleyball player and coach) and John Weaver (track & field and cross country coach).

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