Jon Cremins, a nephew of longtime successful college coach Bobby Cremins (Appalachian State, Georgia Tech and College of Charleston), had quite the debut for the Spartanburg College Pioneers. In his first campaign, his squad won 26 games, captured the Region X Tournament Championship and competed in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
For his efforts, he earned Region X Conference Coach of the Year honors per the league’s coaches and he is quick to point out the secret of his success.
"The credit needs to go to my student-athletes and staff. We’ve put in a lot of work, individual workouts and tough practices. I’m really glad that they were able to experience how hard work pays off.”
"And they did."
The pioneers finished with a 26-7 record and top-10 nationally in 3pt field goal percentage (2nd, 42.9%), rebounding margin (8th, 16.9) and points per game allowed (8th, 52.4 ppg).
Prior to his time at SMC, Cremins worked under notable coaches Bobby Cremins, Mark Byington, Dickey Nutt and Ed Conroy. He came to Spartanburg having spent the previous season at Kennesaw State.
At Kennesaw State, Cremins helped increase average season wins by 40%, first D-1 double digit winning season in over 5 years and second appearance in Atlantic Sun post-season play. The program also saw several firsts in year one, including two players being named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week and one player being named Atlantic Sun Newcomer of the Week.
Prior to Kennesaw St, Cremins work with Coach Dickey Nutt for two years at Southeast Missouri State (2012-2014) assisting in all aspects including recruiting, practices, individual player workouts and game preparation.
At Southeast Missouri State, Cremins helped lead the Redhawks to back-to-back winning campaigns for just the second time during their NCAA Division I era, as the 18 victories were most in a season since 2000-01. In year one at Southeast Missouri, Cremins and the Redhawks finished with the school’s first winning season since 2004-05, established a new single-season record with 256 three-pointers and ended the year ranked first in the Ohio Valley Conference and eighth in the nation in three-point shooting (39.8 percent).
Statistically with Cremins in year two, Southeast ranked among the top-10 teams in the nation in field goal percentage (2nd, .499), scoring offense (6th, 82.9 ppg) and assists (7th, 16.7 apg). The Redhawks led the Ohio Valley Conference in each of those categories, as well.
In two seasons at College of Charleston under Bobby Cremins from 2010-12, Cremins helped the Cougars to a Southern Conference Championship and overall record of 45-22.
The 2010-11 campaign was a memorable one for Charleston. With Cremins assistance, Charleston finished with a 26-11 overall record, 13-3 mark in Southern Conference play, 91-78 upset over then Top 25 Tennessee and the program enjoyed an unforgettable run to the NIT Quarterfinals. 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 and great Andrew Goudelock, who is currently with the Houston Rockets.
Cremins began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater Valdosta State University (GA.) from 2007-2009. During his two seasons, the school recorded a 42-18 mark, selected as a NCAA South Region participant and Gulf South Conference East Division Champions. While there, he also earned his master’s degree in Public Administration in 2009.
Nori Johnson, former student-athlete under Coach Jon Cremins, enters his second season as assistant men’s basketball coach for the Pioneers after helping guide the (15-16) the team to a 26-7 record, Region X championship, and a bid in the NJCAA national tournament.
As a four-year letter winner at the College of Charleston under Final Four Coach Bobby Cremins, and later Doug Wojcik, Johnson helped lead the cougars to wins over 21st ranked Baylor, Tennessee, Clemson, and Boston College. As well as two trips to the Southern Conference championship game.
After graduation, he played professionally overseas with BBC Magdeburg Otto Baskets of the German League's B Division. He returned to his hometown of Greer, SC after one season to begin his coaching career at Spartanburg Methodist College.
His duties under Coach Jon Cremins include, on and off campus recruiting, preparing scouting reports, skill development for both guards and post players.
Prior to graduating from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors in Sociology, Nori attended James F. Byrnes High School where he was the first basketball player to sign a Division-1 basketball scholarship. Johnson also attended Fork Union Military Academy where he played for legendary prep coach, Fletcher Arritt.
Josh Jackson enters his second season as assistant men’s basketball coach for the Pioneers after helping guide the (15-16) the team to a 26-7 record, Region X championship, and a bid in the NJCAA national tournament.
He joined SMC after working at Raymour and Flannigan in New York City from 2012-15.
Jackson, a three-year letter winner at College of Charleston, finished his playing career at South Carolina State where he earned a degree in Family and Consumer Science Business in 2009.
His duties under Coach Jon Cremins include, on and off campus recruiting, preparing scouting reports, travel and skill development for the post players.