Donahue’s Tribbett To Be Honored

When it comes to West Virginia small-school basketball, Tom Tribett etched quite a resume at Bishop Donahue High School. Taking over the Bishops program in 1984, Tribett served as the program’s head coach until 2000 and was one of the most successful coaches in the school’s history.

Tribett will be recognized during the annual Samuel A. Mumley OVAC All-Star Classic with the Earl Haberfield Boys Basketball Coaches’ Award. The all-star game will be held today at Ohio University Eastern in St. Clairsville.

Prior to ascending to the head coaching position, Tribett was the chief assistant to John Stanko, who was also highly successful with the Bishops. He led them to a Class A state title in 1981.

It didn’t take long for Tribett to make his presence felt with the Bishops. He led Donahue to the 1985 state title and then took it back to the title game in 1989, but this time it was upended.

The 1985 season didn’t go unrecognized by his peers. Tribett was named W.Va. State Coach of the Year by the West Virginia Coaches Association.

All told, Tribett guided the Bishops to six appearances in the West Virginia state tournament. The 1989 squad claimed the OVAC Class 1A title.

Tribett guided the Mountain State in the 1985 and 2000 OVAC All-Star Games and worked with the North squad in the West Virginia North-South game in 1985.

Along with boys’ basketball, Tribett served as the Bishops’ softball coach and was highly successful. He led Donahue to a pair of state titles during his tenure.

Tom and his wife, Cindy, reside in McMechen. They’re the parents of one daughter, Julie, who resides in Jacksonville, Fla.