John Kresse

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John Kresse
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1943-04-17) April 17, 1943 (age 71)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Playing career
1962–1964 St. John's
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965-1970
1970-1973
1973-1979
1979–2002
St. John's (asst.)
New York Nets (asst.)
St. John's (asst.)
College of Charleston
Head coaching record
Overall 560–143 (.797)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NAIA District 6 Champions (1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989)
NAIA National Champions (1983)
TAAC Tournament Championship (1997, 1998)
TAAC Regular Season Championship (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
TAAC Division Championship (1997, 1998)
SoCon Tournament Championship (1999)
SoCon Regular Season Championship (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
SoCon Division Championship (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Awards
TAAC Coach of the Year (1994, 1997, 1998)
SoCon Coach of the Year (1999)
NAIA District 6 Coach of the Year (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989)
NAIA Area 7 Coach of the Year (1982)
South Carolina State Coach of the Year (1983, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1999)
Order of the Palmetto Award (1983)
South Carolina State Athletics hall of Fame Member Inducted (2001)
N.Y. City Basketball Hall of Fame Member Inducted (2009)

John Kresse is a basketball coach and writer.

He is former head coach of the College of Charleston Cougars and assistant coach with the New York Nets and St. John's University. Kresse has the 5th highest winning percentage (.797) of any Division 1 NCAA college basketball coach with 560 wins and 143 losses during his 23 years as head coach of the College of Charleston. Kresse retired from coaching duties in 2002. In 2005, Kresse was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. The John Kresse Arena is named after him. Prior to the 2008-2009 basketball season, the College of Charleston moved to the Carolina First Arena where the playing surface is named John Kresse Court in honor of the legendary coach. In 2009, Kresse was inducted into the New York City basketball Hall of Fame.

Kresse coached the College of Charleston to the 1983 NAIA basketball title. One of the teams the Cougars defeated in the 1983 NAIA tournament was Chaminade, which had earlier in the season defeated a great Virginia team led by Ralph Sampson. In 1990, the College of Charleston moved from NAIA to NCAA Division I, and soon became known as a giant killer. Over the next few years, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Stanford, and other big time programs would fall to the well coached Cougars.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
College of Charleston Cougars (NAIA) (1979–1989)
1979–1980 College of Charleston 17–11 17–11 District 6 Quarterfinal
1980–1981 College of Charleston 25–5 25–5 District 6 Semifinal
1981–1982 College of Charleston 25–5 25–5 District 6 Runner up
1982–1983 College of Charleston 33–5 33–5 District 6 Champions NAIA National Champions
1983–1984 College of Charleston 25–7 25–7 District 6 Runner Up
1984–1985 College of Charleston 30–4 30–4 District 6 Champions NAIA Quarterfinal
1985–1986 College of Charleston 26–9 26–9 District 6 Champions NAIA Quarterfinal
1986–1987 College of Charleston 31–2 31–2 District 6 Champions NAIA 2nd Round
1987–1988 College of Charleston 30–5 30–5 District 6 Champions NAIA 2nd Runner Up
1988–1989 College of Charleston 26–6 26–6 District 6 Champions NAIA 2nd Round
College of Charleston: 268–59 268–59
College of Charleston Cougars (Independent) (1989–1991)
1989–1990 College of Charleston 19–8 0–0 NCAA D1 Compliance
1990–1991 College of Charleston 15–12 0–0 NCAA D1 Compliance
College of Charleston: 34–20 0–0
College of Charleston Cougars (Independent) (1991–1993)
1991–1992 College of Charleston 19–8 0–0 Joined Division 1
1992–1993 College of Charleston 19–8 0–0
College of Charleston: 38–16 0–0
College of Charleston Cougars (Atlantic Sun) (1993–1998)
1993–1994 College of Charleston 24–4 14–2 1st NCAA 1st Round
1994–1995 College of Charleston 23–6 15–1 1st NIT First Round
1995–1996 College of Charleston 25–4 15–1 1st NIT Second Round
1996–1997 College of Charleston 29–3 16–0 1st (East) NCAA 2nd Round
1997–1998 College of Charleston 24–6 14–2 1st (East) NCAA 1st Round
College of Charleston: 125–23 74–6
College of Charleston Cougars (Southern) (1998–2002)
1998–1999 College of Charleston 28–3 16–0 1st (South) NCAA 1st Round
1999–2000 College of Charleston 24–6 13–3 1st (South)
2000–2001 College of Charleston 22–7 12–4 1st (South)
2001–2002 College of Charleston 21–9 9–7 T–1st (South)
College of Charleston: 95–25 50–14
Total: 560–143

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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