WB Coaches & Staff
Alison Crumb enters her seventh year as head women's basketball coach at Peninsula College, where she is quietly building a destination program for women's community college basketball. Coach Crumb has qualified for the NWAC Basketball Championship five straight years. In 2015, Crumb and the Pirates won the College’s second North Division Championship to qualify to the NWAC tournament as a No. 1 seed, where the Pirates soared past the competition to win Peninsula’s first-ever NWAC Women’s Basketball Championship with an overall record of 24-4. She followed up that year with back-to-back North Division titles, and back-to-back NWAC championship appearances, this time placing second in the title game.The 2015-16 Pirates went 13-1 in conference play and 25-6 overall, they finished the season ranked No. 3 in the NWAC poll, Coach Crumb was named North Region Coach of the Year, three of her Pirates were named to the North All-Star Team, six were named to the NWAC All-Academic Team and five of her sophomores signed National Letters of Intent to play at the next level. Peninsula's team grade point average was 3.1. Crumb, a Port Angeles native, began her college playing and coaching career following an outstanding career as a Port Angeles Roughrider. She played two years for the Pirates, leading them to Peninsula’s first division championship in women’s basketball in 2005, when she set a school record for assists. She went on to play at Western Oregon University where she got her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. She returned to Peninsula as an assistant coach under Julie Stewart and was then promoted to the head coaching position in 2009. In 2014, Crumb received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In addition to coaching the Pirates, Alison works as the College’s Athletic Success Coordinator.
Assistant Coach Jesse Ellis
Joining the Peninsula College women’s basketball coaching staff this year is former player Jesse Ellis, who graduated from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, last spring with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Strength and Conditioning. Ellis, who played for coach Crumb at Peninsula from 2011 through 2013, leading the Pirates to the playoffs both years, transferred to CMU where she played for the Eagles from 2013 through 2015. The Skagway, Alaska, native stayed on at CMU as a student assistant coach for women’s basketball and a strength and conditioning coach for track, baseball, softball, cheer, basketball and cross country. In addition to her role as women’s basketball assistant coach, Ellis will work with Peninsula’s training and medical staff with the focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Assistant Coach Mike Knowles
Mike Knowles enters his fourth year as an assistant under his former player Alison Crumb. Knowles is well known in the community and the region for his extensive work as a basketball coach and mentor. He has more than 28 years of experience in both girls and boys basketball at Port Angeles High School where he coached Alison Crumb, and a host of other outstanding former Pirate players. His overall coaching record is 183-44 and he was part of the coaching team in last year’s NWAC championship season. Knowles directs Peninsula’s Pirate Pals Program, coaching more than 60 young basketball players from our community along side our Pirate players. Additionally, coach Knowles teachers Mathematics at Port Angeles High School.