|Tom Scarborough to be inducted into Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame|
SCOOBA – Former East Mississippi and Delta State basketball player Tom Scarborough will be one of 15 athletic standouts inducted into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame during Tuesday’s induction ceremonies in Jackson.
Scarborough was a two-year basketball letterman (1950-52) for East Mississippi Junior College before moving on to enjoy a stellar basketball career at Delta State. Following an outstanding prep career at Hickory High School, Scarborough helped lead the Lions to a two-year composite basketball record of 52-14 in earning all-state honors both seasons in Scooba. At Delta State, he was named to the all-conference basketball squad and earned the team’s best defensive player honor.
“On behalf of my family, I am very honored by this selection into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame,” Scarborough said. “The close-knit, family environment of the Scooba campus afforded me the opportunity to continue my education at Delta State. I remain very grateful for my college experiences in helping to provide a solid foundation for my career both personally and professionally.”
Upon graduation, Scarborough served in the United States Army, based in Stuttgart, Germany, working in the intelligence field as a cryptologist until 1956.
After serving his country, Scarborough began a successful 25-year high school basketball coaching career in Arkansas and Mississippi. While at Madden High School, his teams claimed six county championships and he received two coach of the year honors. During his next stint at Beulah Hubbard High School, Scarborough twice guided the school’s boys’ and girls’ teams to fourth-place state finishes. He completed his coaching career at Newton Academy, where his girls’ team finished as state runners-up in 1985-86.
A member of East Mississippi Community College’s inaugural Sports Hall of Fame induction class, Scarborough worked for the Mississippi Employment Service from 1966-1984 prior to getting into the insurance/financial planning business in 1990. As a financial planner, he has also enjoyed tremendous success as his company’s top producer as well as having received numerous awards and accolades for his work.
Scarborough and his wife, the former Audrey McKee, have two daughters and three grandchildren. Currently residing in Decatur, Scarborough is very active in his church, serving as deacon and church clerk, along with teaching adult Sunday school classes and serving on various committees.
Scarborough will be joined during Tuesday’s Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Jackson by Marvin Hogan (Coahoma); A.J. “Red” Mangum (Copiah-Lincoln); Van Chancellor (East Central); Edsel “Tad” Thrash (Hinds); Greg Robinson (Holmes); Paul Johnson (Itawamba); Gwen Sullivan-Magee (Jones County); Paul Phillips (Meridian); Sam Latham (Mississippi Delta); George Vernon Ehlers (Mississippi Gulf Coast); David “Nub” Strickland (Northeast Mississippi); Jamie Howell Sr. (Northwest Mississippi); J.E. Loiacano (Pearl River); and Bobby Nelson (Southwest Mississippi).
This year marks the fourth class of the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame. Scarborough joins previously elected EMCC inductees Elbert “Lum” Wright (2009), Don Edwards (2008), Ken Waddell Sr. (2008), Bob “Bull” Sullivan (2007), Bill Buckner (2007), and Clyde “Baby Doll” Pierce (2007).
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 April 2010 )|
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