Curt Kraft was named the head cross country coach at East Carolina University in August of 2006. Kraft joined ECU after a 14-year affiliation with the University of Nevada, where he spent 10 honor-producing seasons as head women's track and field coach.
"Coach Kraft is a great motivator who impressed everyone involved in our search process as a demanding coach who would make sure our athletes enjoyed competing while working hard to win championships," said Holland. "Being able to hire a proven head coach who has won conference championships is a real plus."
While at Nevada for six seasons, Kraft produced track and field teams which consistently were among the top-25 of the National Collegiate Division I Team Power Rankings. In addition, he headed a Wolf Pack program which set new school records in every event for track and field and cross country since 1995.
Kraft earned consecutive Western Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year selections in 2003 and 2004 while leading the Wolf Pack to a pair of WAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. His success in 2003, which included the school's first-ever WAC tile, also earned him NCAA Division I Mountain Region Coach-of-the-Year honors. This preceded another milestone in his career, when he guided Nevada to a conference cross country championship fall 2003.
Prior to Nevada's move into the WAC, Kraft was selected as the 2000 Big West Conference Coach-of-the-Year after piloting the Wolf Pack to the league's outdoor championship. Off the track, Kraft's squad compiled the nation's second-highest grade point average (3.20) during the same season.
In all, Kraft produced 33 individual conference champions at Nevada, including three which advanced to the NCAA Division I National Championships. He served as Nevada's assistant men's and women's track and field coach from 1991 to 1994, playing a pivotal role in the recruitment of athletes which claimed the 1993 Big West Conference Men's Track Championship.
Kraft began his collegiate coaching career at the University of Nebraska in 1989 where he worked with all facets of the Cornhuskers' Big Eight Conference program, including distance, sprint-hurdles and all vertical and horizontal jump athletes. In 1990, Kraft served as the assistant meet director for the Junior Olympics in Lincoln, Neb., and worked alongside 1984 Olympic Throws Coach Ken Shannon at the Northwest Sports Track and Field Camp.
Kraft earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and social sciences from Minot State (N.D.) University in 1984 before completing requirements for a master of science degree in education from Nebraska in 1996.