SCF Inducts 2015 Hall of Fame Class

(Bradenton, Fla., January 28, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) athletics department inducted four new members into the SCF Hall of Fame at a ceremony Thursday, Jan.22, at the IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes former basketball player Stanley Cromartie, former baseball players David Howard and Robin Jennings, and Brian Newberry, who was inducted posthumously as a student and a staff member.

Cromartie played for Hall of Fame Coach Harry Kinnan from 1982 to 1984. In his freshman year at SCF, then Manatee Community College (MCC), the point guard averaged 12 points and four assists while helping the Lancers post a school record for the most wins in a single season. In his second year, Cromartie averaged 17 points and four assists per game. He was named to the Suncoast All-Conference team in 1984. Cromartie earned a scholarship to play basketball at Webber International University after completion at MCC. After his playing career ended, he continued to support the Florida Junior College System. Cromartie served as head coach of Valencia College from 1997 to 1999 and Seminole State College from 1999 to 2005. He currently serves as assistant athletic director at Edward Waters College, where he previously served as head basketball coach. For the past 21 years, Cromartie has hosted an annual basketball camp, free of charge, for Manatee County’s youth. His son, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, now sponsors the camp. Cromartie has continued to support SCF basketball through his coaching and athletic administration careers.

Howard, a Sarasota native, played for Hall of Fame Coach Tim Hill Sr. from 1985 to 1987. He played middle infield and helped then MCC Lancers to a state runner-up position in 1986. In 1987, Howard was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, made his major league debut in 1991, and played professional baseball until 1999. The Riverview High School alumnus, also played for the St. Louis Cardinals during his major league career. While mainly serving as a middle infielder, Howard played every position, excluding catcher, through the course of his major league career. He posted an impressive career .978 fielding percentage. He remains part of baseball as the minor league field coordinator for the Boston Red Sox. 

Jennings played for Hall of Fame Coach Tim Hill Sr. from 1991 to 1992 at SCF, then MCC. Jennings won a Suncoast Conference Championship and Florida College System Activities Association State Championship and played in the 1991 JUCO World Series. Jennings was named to the all-tournament team at the World Series. Jennings led the World Series in four of seven offense categories. Jennings played on the National Junior College Athletic Association team and competed against Cuba. The Chicago Cubs drafted him in 1992. Jennings reached the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics. Jennings retired after 13 years of professional baseball. He has continued to support SCF athletics as he has transitioned from playing baseball to becoming a business owner and entrepreneur. Upon Coach Hill’s retirement, Jennings and his company sponsored the alumni gift that was presented to Coach Hill at the alumni game. Jennings has remained involved as an alumnus and continues to support SCF baseball.

Newberry, an SCF alumnus and former SCF sports information and equipment manager, began his career at SCF, then MCC, as student manager for the basketball team under Hall of Fame Coach Harry Kinnan. After SCF, Brian continued on to University of South Florida, where he served as a student manager for the Bulls basketball team and earned his bachelor’s degree. He was clubhouse manager for the Sarasota White Sox, the A level affiliate for the Chicago White Sox, and also worked for the White Sox’s class AA affiliate the Birmingham Barons. After his experience with professional baseball, Newberry rejoined the SCF athletic department as equipment clerk. He is credited with the establishment of sports information for the College’s athletic department, facilitating communications with the media and community, and providing sports statistical data. Newberry served two terms as the chair of SCF’s Career and Professional Employees Council, an organization that provides a liaison to senior administration for career and professional employees. He was the recipient of the GEM award, provided annually to Student Services employees who demonstrate the ability to consistently handle difficult situations, exhibit professional perseverance and provide excellent customer service.


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