John Kresse Inducted in 2009

Coach Inducted in 2009
John Kresse John Kresse, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 2009
Photo credit: (College of Charleston)
John Kresse a Brooklyn native, played at St John's (1962–1964), later becoming an assistant coach at St John's (1965-1970). Then for the New York Nets as an assistant (1970-73), St John's as an assistant (1973-79), and the College of Charleston (1979-2002).

Kresse has the 5th highest winning percentage (.797) of any Division 1 NCAA college basketball coach with 560 wins and 143 losses during his 23 years as head coach of the College of Charleston. Kresse retired from coaching duties in 2002. In 2005, he was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. The John Kresse Arena is named after him. Prior to the 2008–2009 basketball season, the College of Charleston moved to the Carolina First Arena where the playing surface is named John Kresse Court in honor of the coach. In 2009, Kresse was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.