Crispus Attucks coaches pose with the Sectional trophy. It’s the best time of the year in Indiana, the snow is starting to melt, the air is warming and the state basketball tournament is in its early stages.

Before the madness of the tournament really began the basketball coaches around Indianapolis sat down and voted on the peer they wanted to represent them as City Coach of the Year.

Who was their choice? Phillip Washington, coach of the Crispus Attucks Tigers.

“Sitting in the room with City and State Champion Coaches that I admire, I was truly shocked that they voted me for this awesome award,” Washington said.

Washington and his staff lead the Tigers (18-5) to a 68-60 win over Triton Central on Saturday for their second consecutive sectional title. Crispus Attucks will face Cloverdale on Saturday, March 14, in the regional semifinals at Greenfield-Central.

“This isn’t an individual award,” Washington said. “I credit my coaching staff for being the puzzle pieces that came together to help bring success back to the program. The players bought into the vision, without them none of this would be possible. I’m glad to see that all of our hard work is paying off!”

The hard work has truly paid off for the Tigers, along with Coach Washington earning Coach of the Year honors, two players Darrell Hutchinson and Isaiah Waire were named to the All-City teams.

“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me achieve this accomplishment,” Hutchinson said. “And thank you to everyone who voted for me to be on the all-city team.”

“It’s a great honor to be recognized and appreciated for all of my hard work and it wouldn’t be possible without my teammates and coaches,” Waire said.

Three additional IPS players from Arsenal Technical High School were named to All-City teams: C.J. Walker, Donte Gladney and Eric Meeks.

We’re proud of our IPS coaches and athletes and are excited to see them acknowledged in this way!