from The Paper 24/7 in Crawfordsville, Indiana and CLICK HERE for super photo of Coach Jim Tribbett….
James Allen “Coach” Tribbett
March 28, 1954 – Nov. 2, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019 4:53 PM
James Allen “Coach” Tribbett, 65, of St. Augustine, Fla. passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2019 in Crawfordsville, in the presence of his wife, son and best friend.
Mr. Tribbett was born to John Owen Tribbett and Emma Lou Gregory Tribbett on March 28, 1954 in Crawfordsville. They preceded him in death as did his brother, John Robert and sister, Janet Sue.
He graduated from Manatee Junior College in Bradenton, Fla. where he attended on a basketball scholarship. He received his BS degree from Florida State University and his master’s degree from Depauw University. He married Sally Francis Tribbett, also from Crawfordsville in Hamilton, Bermuda on July 6, 1991. She survives.
His passion was “all hoops.” He coached basketball for 35 years at every level from high school to professional. He began his coaching career at Wabash College as an assistant and retired while at DME Academy in Daytona, Fla. He ran countless basketball camps for boys and girls of all ages. He was inducted into the Montgomery County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. He was voted National Coach of the Year two times (2008 and 2010) while at Chowan University, N.C. He also earned Executive of the Year in the United States Basketball League.
Additional survivors include a son, John Francis Tribbett; hundreds of devoted basketball players, teammates, coaches; and brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, an aunt, and many cousins.
**********A celebration of life is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the old Crawfordsville gymnasium. Family and friends may pay their respects an hour prior to service.**********
Memorial donations may be made to “Limbs for Life Foundation.”
Online condolences may be made at www.huntandson.com
++++++++++Jim Tribbett at Greensboro College:Coach Tribbett’s career record at the Division III school was 51-55.
Tribbett came to Greensboro College from assistant coaching positions at Wabash, Tiffin and UNC Wilmington. His overall winning percentage of .481 at Greensboro College ranks him second only to Bill Airiail’s .550 when he coached the Hornets from 1966 to 1968 in the first two years of intercollegiate play.++++++++++
from the Chowan University athletics website:
Former Chowan Men’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Passes Away in His Beloved Home State
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan University community is mourning the loss of former men’s basketball coach and athletic director, Jim Tribbett. Coach Tribbett passed away on Saturday, November 2nd, in his beloved home state of Indiana.
Coach Tribbett led the Hawks men’s basketball team for eight seasons, 2002-2010, leaving with a 112-108 win-loss record. In addition to his coaching career at Chowan, he also served as the University’s Athletic Director for three years. When he left in 2010, he was the winningest coach in the four-year program’s history.
Coach Tribbett came to Chowan with an extensive and diverse basketball background that includes stints on the high school, college, and professional levels. After growing up playing basketball in the most well documented basketball state in the country, the native of Crawfordsville, Indiana played Junior College basketball in Florida where he was a stand out player. He went on to continue his career at Florida State where he earned his four-year degree.
Coach Tribbett’s coaching career started in his home state at Wabash College. Although he left Wabash in 1982, he recruited players that helped Wabash win the 1982 Division III National Championship. After leaving Wabash, Tribbett spent two years as an assistant coach at Tiffin University (OH). In his two seasons with the Dragons he helped guide the team in back-to-back twenty-win seasons. In 1983 Tribbett made his way from Ohio to the East Coast where he was hired as an assistant coach for UNC-Wilmington. He spent three seasons with UNCW before accepting his first head coaching job at Greensboro College. From 1986-1990 he compiled a 51-55 overall record and a 22-28 Dixie Conference record. In his first stint at Chowan, Tribbett was hired by former Head Coach Bob Burke’ as an assistant in the early 1990’s. From 1990-1992 he helped to guide the Braves to a 47-16 record and a top 20 NJCAA National Ranking. In the 1991-1992 season the Braves advanced to the NJCAA Final Four in Hutchinson, Kansas.
After two seasons with Chowan he left North Carolina for Tennessee where he stayed until 2001. In Tennessee he stayed in basketball, coaching at East Robertson High School in Nashville and working for a professional scouting service.
He joined the professional basketball ranks in 2001 as the Director of Player Personnel for the Brevard Blue Ducks, a member of the USBL. During his one-year tenure with the Blue Ducks, Tribbett was named the USBL’s “Executive of the Year” for his commitment to the program, the league, and his players.
Coach Tribbett was a two-time NCCAA South Regional and National Coach of the Year (’06 and ’08). Tribbett coached some of the most decorated players to ever play for the Chowan Blue & White. The players include, but not limited to, Trayvon Lathon, Jaleel Nelson, Lando Morrison, and Aaron Scott. Lathan was recently inducted into the Chowan University Sports Hall of Fame and spoke highly of the former coach during his induction speech. Coach Tribbett had a deep impact on players, fans, and colleagues from each of his career stops.
Coach Tribbett was inducted into the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 after a standout scholastic career at North Montgomery High School (IN). His lifelong passion was his family and basketball. He most recently retired as a coach within the DME Academy in Daytona, Florida. His wife, Sally, and son, Johnny, survive.
A celebration of life is scheduled for November 9th at 1:00pm in his hometown of Crawfordsville, Indiana. Memorial donations may be made to the “Limbs for Life Foundation”. Online condolences may be made at www.huntandson.com.