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Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Published or Revised October 02, 2017

Head Coach Robert “Bobby” Taylor

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Robert “Bobby” Taylor

Robert “Bobby” Taylor begins his third season as the Paris Junior College’s men’s basketball coach, coming to PJC after having served as assistant coach of the men’s basketball team at Texas A&M University - Commerce since 2011.

In his first two seasons at the helm, Taylor sent eight former Dragons on to the NCAA Division I level and also coached five All-Region 14 performers in Omar Sherman, Brandon Hollins, Tyshon Rogers, Abrian Edwards and Devin Jackson. Under Taylor’s tutelage, Jackson became PJC’s single season and career three-point field goals made leader.

Taylor served as assistant coach of the PJC men’s basketball team in 1996-98, working under former coach Bill Foy, who led the Dragons to the 2005 NJCAA National Championship and was also named NJCAA National Coach of the Year. While at PJC, Taylor recruited and coached DeJuan Brown, who was named the 2001 NAIA National Player of the Year while at Oklahoma Baptist University.

At TAMU-C Taylor helped lead the Lions to a 24-8 overall record during the 2014-15 season, as well as winning the 2014-15 LSC Tournament Championship and appearing in the NCAA Tournament. In his four and a half seasons with the Lions, they compiled a 79-51 overall record, including going 55-20 (73 percent win percentage) over his final two and a half seasons.

During his time at TAMU-C, Taylor helped develop two players with NBA affiliations: Devondrick Walker, who earned the 2016-17 NBA G-League Most Improved Player Award with the Delaware 87ers (affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers) and played with the Utah Jazz during the 2017 NBA Summer League; and Darrell Williams, who played with the World Champion Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Summer League after spending the 2016-17 season with Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Premier League. Williams was the 2014-15 LSC Player of the Year, LSC Newcomer of the Year, First Team All-LSC, NCAA South Central Region Player of the Year, NCAA First Team All-South Central Region, NCAA First Team All-American and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Small College Player of the Year.

In addition to Williams, he coached nine other All-LSC performers, including former PJC players Desmond King (2012), LaDon Carnegie (2014-15), Anthony Adams (2016) and Ronnie White (2016). Other former All-LSC performers during Taylor’s time at TAMU-C include: Brad Hambrick (2012), Preston Whitley (2013), Devondrick Walker (2013-2014), Christian Macauley who was Defensive Player of the Year (2014-15), and DeAndre Carson who earned Freshman of the Year (2014).

King and Andrew Davis were named Capital One Academic All-Americans; King was First Team in 2012, while Davis was Third Team in 2012 and First Team in 2013, as well as LSC Academic Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Devondrick Walker was named to the 2014 LSC All-Academic Team. Davis and Walker also were named to the NABC Honors Court in 2013.

Prior to coaching in Commerce, Taylor was an assistant coach in the Arena Football League with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz where three of the players he coached went on to sign contracts with either the National Football League or the Canadian Football League. He also aided the Yard Dawgz in reaching the 2009 AFL playoffs.

Before that, Taylor served as an assistant coach at Neosho County Community College, helping lead the Panthers to a 10-win improvement and coaching two Jayhawk Eastern Conference Players of the Year (Mark Gomilla and Antoine Lundy).

From 2006-07, Taylor served as Director of Player Personnel for the Arena Football League’s Grand Rapids Rampage. Prior to that he was assistant coach at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi where he assisted NJCAA Hall of Famer Ronnie Arrow, who won 3 NJCAA National Championships and was a two time NJCAA National Coach of the Year.

Taylor also spent three seasons at Grand Valley State University, coaching GVSU’s all-time leading scorer John Flynn.

Assistant Coach Devon Crabtree

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Devon Crabtree

Devon Crabtree is in his first season as Assistant Men’s Basketball coach at Paris Junior College.

He joins the Dragons staff after spending the last four years at NJCAA D1 Neosho County Community College.

Crabtree spent the 2013-14 season as the women’s assistant with first time Head Coach J.J. Davis where they compiled an 11-20 record. He then joined Coach Jeremy Coombs staff as the top assistant on the men’s side, spending the next three seasons there.

He worked directly with outstanding players including the 2014-2015 Jayhawk Conference Defensive player of the year, Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., 2014-2015 First Team All Jayhawk Conference guard B.J. Jenkins, 2014-2015 Honorable Mention All Jayhawk Conference guard Brett Frantz, 2015-2016 First Team All Jayhawk Conference small forward Freddie McSwain, Jr., 2015-2016 First Team All Jayhawk Conference forward Richard Granberry, and 2016-2017 Honorable Mention All Jayhawk Conference guard Marc Moon. While Crabtree was assistant coach at Neosho, the Panthers were 60-38, earned the program’s first Region 6 championship, as well as the first trip to the NJCAA Division 1 National Championship.

Crabtree’s playing career began at Kansas Wesleyan University before he transferred to Neosho County Community College. In 2011, he led the Panthers with 65 made three-point field goals, which was fourth in the Jayhawk Conference. He went on to Cameron University to finish his playing career where he set the school’s single game record, making 10 three’s in the Aggies’ 86-75 win. The 2013 Aggies advanced to the NCAA Division 2 national championship tournament.

Crabtree earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Cameron University in 2013. Originally from Chanute, Kansas, he and wife Taylor married in the spring of 2016.

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