Junipero Serra High School Principal, Jeff Guzman, announced today that Bernard McCrumby will be the Cavaliers next head boys basketball coach. McCrumby, a longtime assistant at Serra and former 9th and 10th grade academic counselor, was named interim head coach earlier this year following the unexpected passing of Dwan Hurt '81 just after Thanksgiving.
"I am pleased to select Coach McCrumby as our boys basketball coach. He possesses a solid understanding of our school's mission and has built good relationships with our student-athletes. Bernard assisted Coach Hurt for many years, and did a great job leading the program under difficult circumstances this past season," said Guzman. "He will do a fine job carrying the torch."
Serra finished this season 16-12, placed second in the Del Rey League to state champion Bishop Montgomery, and advanced to the second round of the Division 1AA C.I.F. playoffs.
McCrumby played a large role in the success of the boys basketball program since 2008, and knows Serra well. As associate head coach, McCrumby assisted Coach Hurt during the 2010 state championship season and for C.I.F. titles in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
"I'm excited for our students and our parents, and excited for Bernard and this opportunity," commented Serra athletic director Josh Dabbs. "Bernard has contributed to the program in many ways: player development, off-season and in-season conditioning, organizing summer leagues, scouting, developing practice plans, you name it."
From 2002-2008, McCrumby served as an assistant coach at St. Bernard's High School in Playa del Rey, and held the role of head coach for the 16-and-under California Supreme Elite Basketball program.
"I'm fired up for this opportunity for many reasons, " said McCrumby. "I've listened, watched and have learned so much from Coach Hurt. To honor his legacy, we're going to work extremely hard, trust our process and play hard-nosed, Cavalier basketball. I am humbled and blessed to be Serra's head coach."
McCrumby is an assistant planner in the city of Inglewood's Planning Division.