?I am so excited to have Kerry on my staff,? head coach Kristy Curry says. ?She is one of the brightest and the best the game has to offer today. She understands what it takes to be successful at this level, having been a collegiate player herself. Her energy and work ethic has established her as an outstanding recruiter with great people skills.?
Cremeans has played a major role in Purdue?s success over the last five years. In 1996-97 as an assistant under head coach Nell Fortner, Cremeans prepared scouting reports for the regular season Big Ten champion Boilermakers. Following that season?s success, Cremeans took over recruiting responsibilities, and has since thrived. Cremeans has helped sign numerous high school All-Americans, as well as sleepers, who have helped Purdue win three additional regular season conference titles (1999, 2001 and 2002), three Big Ten Tournament titles (1998, 1999 and 2000), and an NCAA championship (1999), not to mention an NCAA runner-up finish (2001), after Cremeans? inaugural season in West Lafayette.
?I am extremely proud to be at Purdue, a university that is committed to its student-athletes and the success of its athletic programs,? Cremeans says. ?Purdue?s administration has demonstrated that commitment and has provided the leadership necessary to help bring many more national championships to West Lafayette. Together with their guidance, we are certain that our players will be prepared to enjoy the ultimate success on the court, in the classroom and in their personal lives.?
Cremeans joined the Boilermakers following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Kentucky. She was on the same Wildcat staff with former Purdue head coach Carolyn Peck during the 1995-96 season.
Cremeans played collegiately at Florida from 1991 to 1994. She graduated as the Lady Gators? career leader in three-point field goals (109) and was seventh on the all-time free throw percentage list (73.9). Florida earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth her junior season and returned to postseason play the next year. Cremeans scored a career-high 27 points against Alabama as a sophomore and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds against LSU her senior year.
Cremeans was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference honoree and a district finalist for Academic All-America laurels as a senior. She earned her bachelor?s degree in exercise science in 1994.
A native of Wheelersburg, Ohio, Cremeans was class salutatorian and president of the National Honor Society at Wheelersburg High School. Her interests include walking and playing with her dogs (Miller and Maddie), visiting her niece (Anna Grace), running, weightlifting and golfing. She completed the Chicago Marathon in October 2001.