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