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 Columbia.
Cremins, who recently retired as College of Charleston¹s 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
Clemson¹s 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 High¹s Stephen
Davis, NASCAR executive Jim Hunter and AAU legend Evelyn ³Eckie² Jordan.
Wilhelm and 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 Cougars¹ coach on July
3, 2006 and is the third-winningest coach in program history with a 125-68
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
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
Bill Hamilton is concluding his 39th year as S.C. State¹s publicist. He is
the only full-time sports information director in the university¹s 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 bachelor¹s in English Language and Literature at S.C. State in
1973, and received a Master¹s 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 Association¹s 2010
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
master¹s from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla.
Besides serving as The Heritage¹s 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 Gamecocks¹ 24-6 win over the Wolfpack.
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
³team,² very much like the award¹s namesake.