Coaching Fame Continues with Hall of Fame Induction


Jibril Mustafa, Staff Writer

   Long-time basketball coach and Associate Head of School Joe Fenlon has been inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 

   After arriving to Tampa Prep in 1983, the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse graduate, Fenlon was appointed head boy’s basketball coach. In his 36 seasons as a Terrapin, Fenlon is now Tampa’s all-time winningest coach for boys basketball with over 800 wins.    

  In his time as a coach, Fenlon has had 40 former players play basketball in college. Of those 40 players, two won national championships and six eventually moved on to play professional basketball. Because of his work, Tampa Prep named their basketball court after him in 2010. In 2012, Fenlon led Tampa Prep to their first state championship for basketball. He also has been state runner-up and has had nine other final-four appearances.

   In his work outside of Tampa athletics, he has been the Director of Boys Basketball for Florida Athletic Coaches Association. He also volunteered on the Florida High School Athletics Association, or FHSAA, Advisory Committee. 

   With his involvement on and off the court, he was chosen as Coach of the Decade in the 90’s by the Tampa Tribune. Along with the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Tribune recognized Fenlon as Coach of the Year seven times. In 1999, he was named the FHSAA coach of the year. 

   Within his last five years, Fenlon was inducted into the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches “Court of Legends”. In 2014, he was the runner-up for the USA National Coach of the year. Just two years ago, Fenlon was a Finalist in the National High School Athletic Coaches of the year.