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Chris Sodom
Georgetown University

Will Mangum
UMKC-California

Kerry Blackshear
Virginia Tech

CJ Williamson
Kent State

Sylvain Francisco
Pro-Paris Levallois Basket

Robert Thomas
Edward Waters College

Alberto Moreno
University of Tampa

Albert Merriweather
Harlem Globetrotters

Jaylen Barford
Charlotte Hornets

Kevin Crum, Jr.

Basketball

NEWS & ADVICE

I’M PASSIONATE & DEDICATED BEING MORE THAN A BASKETBALL COACH   March 23rd, 2019
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#BeGreatEveryday-   December 24th, 2018

Academic and Athletic Coaching Profile

Kevin Crum, Jr. joined the University of Miami in the Summer of 2019 as the Learning Specialist for the Athletic Academic Services Department. During Crum’s second semester with the University of Miami, as the Upperclassmen Football Learning Specialist, the football team reached several academic milestones. The team earned an average, collective semester GPA of 3.209 during the Spring 2020 semester and an average, cumulative GPA of 2.884. Additionally, 77 football student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher semester GPA, which constituted an all-time high in the program. Mr. Crum has an extensive background promoting high academic performance among student-athletes, given he has been a classroom teacher, athletic coach, academic coach, and sports administrator at both the high school and collegiate levels.
Before starting at the University of Miami, Crum was the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and the Academic Coach at Edward Waters College for the Teacher Education and Urban Studies Department. Crum's responsibilities included counseling and advising students and student-athletes regarding their academic and career goals, as well as personal concerns. Prior to his tenure at Edward Waters College, Crum was the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Talladega College under the leadership of the 2018 GCAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year, Fred Summers. While there, Crum contributed to the overall development of Devonte Dixon, SG NAIA Men's Basketball All-American, Honorable Mention GCAC Player of the Year, and the all-defensive team. Crum also helped shape the experience of Khaliel Spearman, SG GCAC Second Team All-Conference. Crum monitored and managed the academic progress of the men's basketball team members, who earned an average GPA of 2.9. Further, 20% of the basketball student-athletes achieved Dean's Honor Roll recognition.
Prior to his experience at Talladega College, Crum served for several years as a classroom teacher, athletic coach, and athletic director at various high schools in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Crum was the Tennessee Preparatory Academy Assistant Boys' Basketball Coach for the National High School and Fifth Year (Post Grad) Basketball Programs. While there, he developed Chris Sodom, who was the seven-foot three inches tall Georgetown University signee & Will Magnum UMKC – California.
Before working at the Tennessee Preparatory Academy, Crum was the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Illinois, where he was the overseer for recruitment and team academics. Crum recruited and developed Sam Mack, Jr. of Southern University and son of Sam Mack, Sr., who played with five different NBA teams over ten years and had a 20-year international basketball career. Crum mentored and developed Brian Givens, Columbus State University standout point guard who transferred from Lincoln Trail to Northeast Community College in Mississippi, where both Crum and Givens are alumni.
Crum also worked with the Central Florida Marvel, professional basketball team as an assistant coach under the leadership of Luke Stuckey, former assistant coach and player development specialist with the Orlando Magic, as well as NBA veteran, Chucky Atkins. Further, Crum served as a basketball operations intern with the Philadelphia 76ers, and he helped the scouting and coaching staff with daily operations.
While living in Orlando, Florida, and working at Evans High School, Crum served as an assistant under the leadership of 14-year NBA veteran, Chucky Atkins. As the Head Coach, Atkins led Evans High School to the 2013 and 2014 7A and 8A State Championship Runners up positions. At Evans High School, Crum developed Virginia Tech/University of Florida Power Forward, Kerry Blackshear, and Kent State Point Guard, Courtney Williamson. As the Athletic Director and Assistant Coach for the Boys Basketball team at Liberty Christian Preparatory School in Tavares, Florida, Crum developed Sylvain Francisco, who went from high school to pro-Paris-Levallois Basket, in France. Crum also developed Robert Thomas at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, Alberto Moreno at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida, and Francis Agbata at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.
Also, while in Jackson, Tennessee, at South Side High School, Crum developed Albert Meriwether, Harlem Globetrotters Team Member, Jaylen Barford with the Charlotte Hornets, and Leland Robinson, TuS ADEMAX Red Devils Brams professional basketball. Crum also served as a summer men’s basketball camp coach at Baylor University, Georgetown University, Ohio State University, University of Arizona, Marquette University, and Vanderbilt University.
Crum currently volunteers for The National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Professionals Ethnic Concerns Committee. This organization is an official committee of practitioners charged with identifying and communicating to the membership regarding the challenges and concerns facing ethnic minority student-athletes. Additionally, the group is committed to impacting underserved communities, at both regional and national conferences, by implementing outreach initiatives in five regions throughout the United States. The committee partners, within the local high schools in those specific regions, facilitate educational programming activities, which include informing prospective collegiate student-athletes about NCAA initial-eligibility standards and college readiness expectations.
Crum is also the Director of Corporate Sponsorship and the University Mentor-Protégé Program for the Black Professionals Network (BPN). BPN is a non-profit social learning organization with a mission to advance careers, power up businesses, and build social capital for Black professionals in the community. We guide our members along thriving pathways that expand their networks, professional development, and earning potential. Additionally, Crum serves as a mentor for the Empower Me First Mentoring Program with The University of Miami Office of Academic Enhancement. The Empower Me First Mentoring Program connects first-generation undergraduate students with a faculty or staff mentor to assist with building their social capital on campus and beyond. The program provides an added measure of personal and academic support for students as they navigate their college experiences at the University of Miami, and, thereafter, pursue careers or graduate and professional school.
Further, Crum is currently pursuing his Executive Doctorate in Education degree from the University of Miami in Higher Education Leadership. His research focus is Black male student-athletes in Power Five conferences, as well as, revenue generation for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, through athletics. Crum earned a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Tennessee State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Lane College, where he was a member of the 2005 SIAC Men's Basketball Conference Championship team, led by Dr. J.L Perry. Crum also played basketball at Northeast Mississippi Community College alongside Qyntel Woods, 2002 first round and twenty-first pick for the Portland Trail Blazers. Lastly, Crum is a full-time single father of his twelve-year-old daughter named Zamorah.



Contact:

Contact Coach Crum for any questions/ comments or to book him to speak at your event!

Phone: (404) 797-8521

Email: info@kevindcrumjr.com




Kevin Crum, Jr.

Basketball




NEWS & ADVICE

I’M PASSIONATE & DEDICATED BEING MORE THAN A BASKETBALL COACH   March 23rd, 2019
____________________________
#BeGreatEveryday-   December 24th, 2018


Contact:

Contact Coach Crum for any questions/ comments or to book him to speak at your event!

Phone: (404) 797-8521

Email: info@kevindcrumjr.com