Cremins, Wilmot, Hamilton & Wheat to be
Recognized on May 14
release: April 30, 2012
Ephraim Ulmer 803/779-0905
COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame
president Charles R. Thompson, Jr. has announced that Bobby Cremins, Steve
Wilmot, Bill Hamilton and Ken Wheat will be honored for their various
contributions to sports in the Palmetto State when the organization hosts its
52nd annual banquet and induction ceremony on May 14 at the
Cremins, who recently retired as College of Charleston’s
basketball coach, will receive the Bobby Richardson Sportsmanship Award that is
sponsored by Pete and Ane DiVenere, while Wilmot, executive director of The RBC
Heritage Golf Classic on Hilton Head Island, will be honored with the Willie
Jeffries Ambassador Award that is sponsored by Piggly Wiggly. Hamilton, the long-time sports information
director at South Carolina State, will be bestowed with the Herman Helms Media
Excellence Award that is sponsored by Boyd Management of Columbia and Wheat
will receive the inaugural Dom Fusci Leadership in Action Award that is being
sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union.
The four will be
distinguished along with the new inductees of the SCAHoF during the 52nd
annual banquet, which is set for Monday, May 14, at the Columbia Metropolitan
Convention Center. Being enshrined this
year are Clemson’s legendary baseball coach Bill Wilhelm, USC baseball coach
June Raines and former Augusta National Club Chairman Hootie Johnson.
The Class of 2012
also consists of South Carolina football great Duce Staley, Clemson basketball
standout Dale Davis, Spartanburg High’s Stephen Davis, NASCAR executive Jim
Hunter and AAU legend Evelyn “Eckie” Jordan.
Hunter will be enshrined posthumously.
Tickets (table of
eight for $500) and program sponsorships may be purchased by calling the SCAHOF
office at 803/779-0905. The affair, which includes a reception and dinner,
begins at 5:30 p.m.
Bobby Cremins, a veteran of 31 seasons as a college
basketball head coach and the winningest coach in Georgia Tech history, spent
six seasons as head coach at the College of Charleston. He was named the Cougars’ coach on July 3,
2006 and is the third-winningest coach in program history with a 125-68 (.648)
Prior to his recent retirement from coaching on March 19,
Cremins ranked 14th among active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories
(579) which currently stands as the 46th-most all-time in NCAA history. He ranks ahead of former CofC coach John
Kresse (53rd, 560) and his mentor and former coach, Frank McGuire (56th, 549) –
both members of the SC Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Bronx, N.Y. native, who coached six seasons at
Appalachian State (1976-81, 100-70) and 19 at Georgia Tech (1982-2000, 354-237)
compiled a 579-375 (.607) overall record in his illustrious 31-year coaching
career. He led Appalachian State to one
NCAA Tournament berth and Georgia Tech to 10.
He led the Cougars to four 20-win campaigns in his previous five years,
before taking a medical leave of absence in his sixth season on Jan. 27, 2012. A year ago, the program enjoyed a memorable
run to the NIT Quarterfinals and a 26-11 overall record. CofC would claim its first Southern Conference
regular-season championship title as well as boast the program's first NBA draft
pick and All-American since 1997 in all-time leading scorer Andrew Goudelock,
who is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bill Hamilton is concluding his 39th year as S.C.
State’s publicist. He is the only
full-time sports information director in the university’s history, having begun
his career at State in July 1973.
A Baltimore, MD native, Hamilton grew up in Chesterfield,
where he attended public schools and earned a diploma from the former Gary High
School. He earned a bachelor’s in
English Language and Literature at S.C. State in 1973, and received a Master’s
of Education degree from the Orangeburg institution in 1979.
Hamilton has earned numerous professional awards during
his long career, including the College Sports Information Directors of America
(CoSIDA) Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award, the CoSIDA Trailblazer Award
and the CoSIDA Arch Ward Award. Other
citations include the All-American Football Foundation Scoop Hudgins
Outstanding SID Award, and the BCSIDA Cal Jacox-Champ Clark Award. In February of 2011, he was featured by
ESPN.com during Black History Month
He is enshrined in the MEAC Hall of Fame, the CoSIDA Hall
of Fame and the S.C. State Athletic Hall of Fame and the S.C. State Physical
Education Hall of Fame. In addition,
Hamilton was named Staff Employee of the Year at S.C. State in 1999 and a NAFEO
(National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education) Distinguished
Alumnus in 2005, and was designated a Stellar Alumnus on the S.C. State
National Alumni Association’s 2010 calendar.
Steve Wilmot, who has been associated with the RBC
Heritage Classic Presented by Boeing for more than two decades, recently
concluded his 15th event as tournament director, his 26th
overall after having served as assistant director for 11 years. The April tournament was the 44th
consecutive event staged over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links.
Wilmot was an all-around athlete at Moorestown (NJ) High
School and Guilford College. He holds a degree in Sports Management from
Guilford as well as a master’s from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla.
Besides serving as The Heritage’s tournament director,
Wilmot sits on the board of directors of the Hilton Head Island - Bluffton
Chamber of Commerce. He also sits on the board of the South
Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, the Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee and
the Savannah Harbor Foundation.
Ken Wheat is president of Boyd Management Company of
Columbia, an apartment complex management company with locations throughout the
Southeast. A former
offensive-turned-defensive lineman from the University of South Carolina
(1969-71) who prepped at Georgia Military College at Milledgeville, Wheat was
named one of the game captains for the 1971 game against Memphis State. He also sacked N.C. State quarterback Pat
Korsnick on an attempt for a 2-point conversion in the Gamecocks’ 24-6 win over
The inaugural Dom Fusci Leadership in Action Award is
named for the late South Carolina Athletic and the University of South Carolina
Athletic Hall of Famer, who passed away in February. Wheat, a member of the SCAHOF board of
directors as was Fusci, is being recognized for his leadership within the board
and for being a team player who is selfless in sharing credit with the “team,”
very much like the award’s namesake.