Honoring Palm Beach County Sports Legends
The Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of local athletes, coaches, administrators, media, and others in the field of sports.
Established in 1977
In 1977 after years of covering local sports, veteran sportswriter Chuck Otterson decided the time was right to formally recognize the accomplishments of area athletes. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has been involved with this event since 2004, developing it to the successful program it is today.
Nominations are made by the general public and members of the Hall of Fame Committee. Candidates must have been born, attended school, or achieved their major sports accomplishment in Palm Beach County in order to be considered for the Hall of Fame. Nominations are reviewed and committee members and past inductees select the individuals welcomed annually into the Hall of Fame.
Annual Recognition Banquet
Each year in early spring the inductees are honored at a gala banquet. Their lifetime of outstanding contributions in sports is recognized as they are inducted into the elite membership of the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. Also honored during this banquet is Palm Beach County’s Amateur Athlete of the Year, Professional Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Outstanding Sports Contributor, High School Coach of the Year, High School Athlete of the Year and Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.
Roger Dean Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins Spring Training, became the permanent site of the Palm Beach County Sport Hall of Fame in 2004. Banners commemorating inductees for each year from 1977 hang around the stadium concourse and are viewed each year by hundreds of thousands of people attending events at the stadium.
The Hall of Fame Committee continues to perpetuate the memories of departed Hall of Fame Members with the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame "Paver Program". The program consists of a brick that has the name of the deceased member and the year of induction into the Hall of Fame engraved on the stone. The City of West Palm Beach has kindly donated prime space in Centennial Square downtown to allow a permanent memorial of inductees that have passed away.
To nominate someone to be inducted in 2015, click here
To nominate someone to be an Annual Sports Award Winner, click here
To view a complete list of Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame inductees, click here
Derrick Crudup Sr., Delray Beach/Boca Raton
Derrick Crudup Sr. was an All-American star quarterback for Boca Raton High School who went on to greater heights at the University of Oklahoma, winning four Big Eight Championships and the 1985 National Championship while playing safety. After a brief NFL career as a defensive back for the Los Angeles Raiders, Crudup returned to Palm Beach County and coached at Boca Raton and Spanish River as well as Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach high schools for 12 years. Crudup has mentored and coached a number of Division 1 players and 10 first-round draft picks in the NFL. To this day he and his son are the only father and son duo to have won the National Championship in Division 1 College football history.
John DeMott, West Palm Beach (2015)
Prior to coming to Palm Beach County, John DeMott enjoyed a long and varied career in broadcast news and sports. DeMott became a member of the Palm Beach County Sports community in September of 1992, when he joined WJNO Radio as sports director. John vastly expanded WJNO’s exposure to all of south Florida through his daily coverage of the professional and college teams, and local golf events coupled with WJNO’s membership on the Dolphins and Marlins radio networks. He was the first Public Address announcer of the Florida Panthers, and served in that capacity for seven seasons. He also spent three seasons in a similar capacity with the West Palm Beach minor league hockey franchise, and the Ft. Lauderdale Fusion of the
Pete Dunn, DeLand
Pete Dunn is the current baseball coach at Stetson University and has been since 1980, after two seasons as assistant coach. He graduated from Seacrest High School in 1966, played at Brevard Community College, and Stetson, graduating in 1972. As catcher, he played two seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization. Dunn was Conference Coach of Year in 1988, 89, 90 and 1996. He has taken the Stetson Hatters to eight Atlantic Sun Conference titles, and played in 16 NCAA regionals. Dunn has been named coach of the year a record six times. He is one of only four active coaches to win more than 1,000 games at their alma mater. He was honored by Stetson in special ceremonies Oct. 28, 2006. In January 2014, he was inducted into the prestigious American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame held at the ABCA Convention in Dallas, Texas. His career record is 1,167, which ranks eighth on the list of active coaches.
Conrad Jones, Sr., West Palm Beach
Conrad Jones is a 1974 graduate of West Palm Beach’s North Shore High School. While attending North Shore, he played football, basketball, and baseball. During his high school years, Conrad received many honors in all three sports, including All-Conference, All-District, All-Regional and All-State. During his senior year, he was voted to the All-Conference, All-District, All-Regional and All-State Football Teams; All-District, All-Conference, All-Regional and All-State Basketball Teams, and All-Conference, All-District, All-Regional and All-State Baseball Teams. He was one of the only athletes in the State of Florida to be voted to All-State Teams in the three major sports in the history of high school sports. Jones attended Valencia Community College where he played two years of Junior College basketball and was voted to the All-Conference and All-State Junior College Basketball Team. He also played basketball at Ball State University and returned to Riviera Beach in 1981, and went to work as a firefighter, he retired in 2003, and currently is teaching at Westward Elementary in WPB.
Ken Kennerly, Palm Beach Gardens
Ken has been at the forefront of the pro golf expansion in Palm Beach County. He started his career in 1993 working for Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear International. He was named executive director of the Honda Classic in 2006, and has developed it into one of the nation’s premier golf tournaments. Attendance soared from 46,000 in 2006 to a record 195,000 in 2014. Economic impact to Palm Beach County increased from $16 million to $43 million during those eight years. Local charities have received $12 million from the tournament. Ken is currently Senior Vice President IMG North American Events while continuing as Executive Director of the Honda Classic.
Eddie Shannon, West Palm Beach
Shannon was an outstanding basketball player on the high school and collegiate level. He starred at Cardinal Newman High School, graduating as their all-time leader in scoring assists and steals. He was named as the Class 3A state player of the year in 1995 and was a High School All American in 1994 and 1995. His success continued at the University of Florida, where the 5-foot-10 guard was a four-year starter and finished with 1,168 total points along with being one of the school’s all-time leader in steals and in assists. He was named the 1999 Frontier Most Courageous player for demonstrating extraordinary courage beyond the playing floor. He had a prosthetic right eye fitted on Oct. 15, 1998 (right before the start of his senior year) after having damaged parts of his eye removed on Sept. 5th, 1998. Shannon played professionally in countries such as France, Italy, Latvia, Russia and Sweden. He was named the 2002 Swedish League Guard of the Year and Finals MVP while tallying the league’s scoring championship. His play in the Russian Superleague a year later produced another scoring title while being named to the All-Russia first-team. He is currently the assistant basketball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Tom White, West Palm Beach
White was one of the best linemen to come out of Palm Beach County. He played both offensive tackle and defensive tackle at Palm Beach High School, starting 30 games in three years (high school was only 3 years at that time) and his 1964 team went undefeated. White was named first team all-conference in his junior and senior years. He also received recognition on several All-American teams after his senior season. White was an all-around athlete, winning three letters in track, qualified for the state meet in the shot put as a senior, and two letters in baseball. White graduated in 1966 and received a scholarship to Florida State University, where he played defensive tackle as the Seminoles advanced to three bowl games (Sun Bowl in 1966, Gator Bowl in 1967 and the first Peach Bowl in 1968.). White’s career highlight is recovering three fumbles in one game (as a redshirt junior against Wichita State) in 1969.
2015 Annual Sports Award Finalists
High School Athlete of the Year-(Female)
StaceyDestin, Santaluces (Track and Field)
Morgan Lauer, Seminole Ridge (Flag Football)
Megan Moroney, St. Andrews (Swimming)
High School Athlete of the Year-(Male)
Lamar Jackson, Boynton Beach (Football)
Shannon Patrick, Wellington (Football)
Austin Smith, Park Vista (Baseball)
Andrews-Ceravolo High School Coach of the Year
Tom Able, Wellington (Football)
Jude Blessington, Forest Hill (Football)
Austin Bowe, Seminole Ridge (Flag Football)
Coach of the Year
Mat Dunn, Northwood University (Soccer)
Thomas Johnson, Behind The Athlete Sports Academy (Track & Field)
Bob White, Palm Beach Atlantic University (Volleyball)
Amateur Athlete of the Year
Nick o' Leary - Florida State University - Football
Professional Athlete of the Year
Powell was a highlight reel unto himself in the Launch’s inaugural season in 2014 in Boca Raton. He led the Major Lacrosse League (MLL) in scoring with 63 points (30 goals and 33 assists) in 14 games. For his exploits, Powell was named the MLL Offensive Player of the Year and the MLL Most Valuable Player. Also in 2014, LacrosseAllStars.com named Powell the No. 1 indoor/outdoor American lacrosse player to date.
Outstanding Sports Contributor
Schmidt Family Foundation - Dick & Barbara Schmidt
Dick Moroso Memorial Motorsports Award
Special Olympics Athlete of the Year Award