As the Senior Director of Development for Athletics, Cragg will continue to build on the relationships he established as a coach. “As we enter a campaign, Mike’s expertise and enthusiasm for the Colleges will be extremely helpful,” says Vice President for Advancement Bob O’Connor. “I look forward to Mike joining my team as we continue to grow our fundraising efforts.”
In 23 seasons at the helm of the football program, Cragg compiled a 157-62 overall record. Among active Division III coaches, he ranks 20th in career wins. Kevin DeWall ’00 has been appointed the 24th head coach of the Statesmen football program.
Cragg’s Statesmen were 90-28 in Liberty League play, winning at least a share of 11 conference titles. The only coach to ever lead Hobart in the postseason, Cragg’s teams earned 10 NCAA playoff bids, including quarterfinal appearances in 2012 and 2014, and won the 2003 ECAC North Atlantic Bowl.
Cragg has mentored 326 all-conference selections, including 24 players of the year (offensive, defensive, or special teams) and seven rookies of the year. He has also coached dozens of All-Americans, including consensus All-Americans Dave Russell ’98, Alex Bell ’05, Tyre Coleman ’15 and Ali Marpet ’15. Several Statesmen have gone on to play football professionally, most notably Marpet, who was the 61st overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and is a three-year starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cragg’s success has been rewarded with 10 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year awards, most recently in 2016, and two AFCA Regional Coach of the Year awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame.
“I’m grateful for Mike’s leadership and mentorship of generations of Hobart men,” HWS Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers says. “I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role.”
One of the veteran members of the Hobart coaching staff, Cragg joined the staff as an assistant football coach in 1986. He also served as the head coach of the tennis team for three seasons, compiling an overall record of 36-10 and three conference titles from 1992-93 to 1995-96.
Cragg came to Hobart after serving as the head coach of the varsity football program at Corry (Pa.) High School. He led the Beavers to a third-place finish in the Erie County League in his first year, a first-ever appearance in the District X Playoffs in 1986, and was named Coach of the Year.
A 1983 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, Cragg was a two-year letter winner for the Rock at free safety and linebacker. He owns a share of the school’s single game interception record (3 vs. Edinboro, 1980).
Cragg and his wife, Holley, have two children, Michael, a defensive assistant coach for the Statesmen, and Kristen Alexandria ’13.