Bethune-Cookman Parts Ways With Basketball Coach
After spending six years at the helm of the men’s basketball program for Bethune-Cookman, Gravelle Craig and the university agreed to part ways on March 20, allowing for Craig to seek different opportunities in the field of athletics, as his contract expires at the end of the month.
“At the end of the season, we sat down as always to evaluate the state of our program; and after discussion, Coach Craig and I arrived at the decision that the timing was right for him to pursue new career opportunities, while we seek new leadership of the Wildcats basketball program for the future,” said Lynn W. Thompson, BCU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. “We are grateful for his leadership and the impact that he had on our student-athletes during his tenure and we will move promptly to focus on the right coach who will build upon the foundation that Gravelle Craig put in place here.”
Upon taking over the program in 2011, Gravelle Craig compiled an overall record of 74-123 across six seasons. His Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record stood at 46-50 through the 2016-17 campaign. During his first season, Craig helped the Wildcats to the 2012 MEAC title game against Norfolk State. The following year, the Wildcats advanced to the MEAC semifinals of the tournament against Morgan State.
“Bethune-Cookman afforded me an opportunity to become a Division I men’s basketball head coach,” said Craig in a statement. “It was an opportunity that I will forever cherish, and one that allowed me to experience something that had never been done at BCU before – advancing to the MEAC Tournament championship game,” he went on to add.
A search for the new men’s basketball head coach will begin immediately. The current staff of assistant coaches remains intact and will continue to serve in that capacity until a successor for the program is named.