State College of Florida has hired Southeast High boys basketball coach Elliot Washington as its new men's basketball coach, according to a press release from the school.
A former SCF basketball player and assistant coach, Washington is pleased to return.
"I thank SCF President Dr. Probstfeld, Dr. Bowman, Matt Ennis and the faculty for giving me an opportunity to lead the basketball program in a positive direction. It's an honor to continue the legacy of giving back to the community that supported me early in my college career. I am passionate about molding our student-athletes to be winners in the classroom and on the court," Washington said.
Washington served as assistant coach at SCF, then Manatee Community College, under Hall of Fame Coach John "Chip" Sines from 1996-1998, and he played on the basketball team for Hall of Fame Coach Harry Kinnan in 1989-90 and 1990-91. After graduating from SCF in 1991, he continued his college basketball career at the University of Alabama.
"We are excited to welcome Elliot back to SCF, and we are confident he has the skills needed to provide the leadership to our basketball program and build upon the success of this past season. His experience as a student-athlete, agent for professional basketball players and his established track record as a coach in our community provide him with the ability to evaluate and recruit the best talent to SCF," said SCF Athletic Director Matt Ennis.
"He is the complete package to take the basketball program to the next level of success. We are impressed with his longstanding focus on encouraging student-athletes to pursue and complete a postsecondary education," said Dr. Donald Bowman, SCF vice president of student affairs.