Tim Craft
Tim Craft

Assistant Coach

Third year

Alma Mater:
Florida, '00

Tim Craft is in his third season as an assistant basketball coach at East Carolina University and his fourth year as a member of Jeff Lebo's coaching staff.

Craft originally joined Lebo at Auburn University as the director of basketball operations for the 2007-08 season. He was elevated to assistant coach the following year and served in that capacity for two seasons. The Tigers averaged nearly 18 wins per season during his three years at Auburn.

As an assistant coach, he played a key role on Auburn's 2008-09 team that finished with the second most wins in school history by going 24-12 overall, placed second overall in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with a 10-6 record and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The Tallahassee, Fla., native went to Auburn after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University from 2004-07. He helped guide the Bulldogs to the 2004-05 Atlantic Sun regular season championship in his first year. It was Gardner-Webb's first A-Sun title in any sport.

During his three years in Boiling Springs, N.C., Craft coached four all-conference players in his three years. He recruited and coached Tim Jennings, the first two-time Atlantic Sun Defensive Player-of-the-Year. He helped assemble a top 50 national recruiting class for Gardner-Webb in 2006 (No. 49 by hoopscooponline.com).

Prior to coaching at Gardner-Webb, Craft spent two seasons as an assistant at Pensacola (Fla.) Junior College (PJC) under coach Paul Swanson. In 2003-04, the Pirates went 20-10 and were ranked as high as No. 13 nationally.

At PJC, he coached Joel Anthony, a former UNLV standout and current member of the Miami Heat. Anthony was the 2007 Mountain West Player-of-the-Year. Twelve players signed Division I scholarships during his two years at PJC and 10 of the 11 sophomores graduated during his tenure.

Craft began his coaching career as the assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Robert F. Munroe School in Quincy, Fla., in 2000-01. He was promoted to the Head Varsity Boy's Basketball Coach at Munroe the following season in 2001-02 before moving to PJC in 2002-03.

Craft earned his bachelors of arts degree in history with a minor in secondary education from the University of Florida in 2000.

Born Feb. 3, 1977, Craft is married to the former Jessica Arenas of Tallahassee, Fla., and they have two daughters, Lola Anne Craft (5) and Macy Caroline (3).