Thomasville Times Enterprise

March 6, 2013

Crump finds success at Eagle's Landing

Jamie Wachter

THOMASVILLE — Clay Crump can still remember exactly when he decided what his future would hold.

The then-Thomas County Central sophomore was sitting in English class when he made up his mind that he would teach and coach. Twenty years later, that early decision definitely looks to have been the right choice as the 1995 Central graduate leads his Eagle's Landing team tonight into the Class AAAA state championship game at the Macon Centreplex at 8:45 against Columbia, which has ended the Golden Eagles’ season in the Final Four the past two seasons.

“It was fifth period, I was done with my work and that’s when I decided I wanted to coach and teach,” Crump said. “That’s what I’ve pursued since then.”

With his mind made up, Crump began soaking up all he could learn while a member of the Yellow Jackets’ basketball program. And there were plenty of opportunities to learn. During Crump’s four seasons at Central, he played for three different coaches. While a revolving door at the coach’s office isn’t a recipe for on-court success, it proved a real boost to a hopeful future coach. One of those former Central mentors, Tim Jordan, has his Savannah Blue Jackets in the Class AAA championship against Johnson-Savannah at 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Crump faces another, David Brice, twice a year when Eagles Landing and Woodland meet.

See Thursday's edition for more details.