Bobby Cremins says he is retiring as head basketball coach at the College of Charleston.

Cremins fought back tears, and his voice cracked when he announced Monday that it was time to move on to the next chapter of his life. He said returning to coaching at the College of Charleston was one of the most rewarding experiences of his career.

The 64-year-old Cremins announced on Jan. 27 he would miss the rest of the Cougars’ season and later said he was physically exhausted. Cremins went on an indefinite medical leave of absence but said his condition was not life-threatening.

Cremins was in his sixth season with the Cougars after spending 19 years coaching Georgia Tech. He led Charleston to 20 victories in each of his seasons.

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