|School Name:||College of Charleston|
|Location:||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Arena:||Carolina First Arena|
|Head coach:||Bobby Cremins|
The College of Charleston (CofC) is a public university located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The College was founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785, making it the oldest college or university in South Carolina, the 13th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, and the oldest municipal college in the country. The founders of the college include three signers of the Declaration of Independence and three signers of the United States Constitution. It is said that the college was founded to, "encourage and institute youth in the several branches of liberal education." The College is in company with the Colonial Colleges as one of the oldest schools in the United States. Along with a group of other selective and innovative public liberal arts institutions, it is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.
The school's athletic teams, which participate in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference, are known as the Cougars. While the College lacks a football program, the College's student fans are known for their fanatical support. The College's best-known athletic program is men's basketball. The men's basketball team won the NAIA national title in 1983 and made four trips to the NCAA Tournament (1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999) under the leadership of former head coach John Kresse, for whom their arena is named. Bobby Cremins, the former Georgia Tech coach, took over the College of Charleston job in 2006.