ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg College coach Earnest Crumbley has been voted into the Florida College System Activities Association Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Seven individuals were nominated this year. Only four were elected. Crumbley was one of two coaches chosen. The inductees included Crumbley, Coach Tim Ryan, College of Central Florida; Administrator Jim Cox, Miami-Dade; and Administrator Alice Pendergrass, Chipola College. An induction ceremony will take place in March.
Crumbley is in his 16th year as head coach of the SPC men’s basketball team. He is the longest tenure coach in Florida with more than 275 wins. As head coach, his teams have appeared in the regionals six times and won four Suncoast Conference championships. Crumbley also was named Florida Coach of the Year in 2001-02 when his team finished ninth in the nation after representing Region 8 in the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
A native of St. Petersburg and a graduate of Boca Ciega High School, Crumbley graduated from Arizona Western College with an Associated of Applied Science before transferring to Utah State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He also earned a master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of South Florida. He has been a full-time employee at St. Petersburg College since 1992.
Crumbley is past president of the Delta Omicron Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity in St. Petersburg. He and his wife Shirley have two sons, Earnest Jr. and Kory.