Originally created 10/12/03

Ex-Georgia coach to speak at banquet



Former Georgia basketball coach Hugh Durham will be the keynote speaker for the third annual College Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon.

The event will be held Monday at noon at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Several college coaches from Georgia and South Carolina, including Paul Hewitt of Georgia Tech, Dave Odom of South Carolina and Oliver Purnell of Clemson, are scheduled to attend and give season outlooks for their teams.

Durham, now the coach at Jacksonville University, has 591 career victories and led Georgia to 12 postseason tournaments. He is one of 11 coaches to have led two teams to the NCAA Final Four.

Also at the banquet, the Bobby Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to John Kresse. The longtime College of Charleston coach won more than 500 games and guided the school to four NCAA Tournament appearances. The award was created by the Greater Augusta Sports Council to honor the memory of the former Clemson basketball coach.

Kresse, a native of New York, retired in 2002 after leading the Cougars' program for 23 seasons. His 560 career wins rank 36th on the all-time Division I list, and his winning percentage of .797 places him fifth among all Division I coaches.

"To receive this award named for Bobby Roberts, the great Clemson coach, is very special," Kresse said. "I share this honor with the terrific assistants, players and fans who contributed so much during my 23 years of coaching at the College of Charleston."

Tickets are $20 for sports council members and $30 for non-members. For more information, call (706) 722-8326.