Craig Littlepage

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Craig Littlepage
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Director of Athletics
Team University of Virginia
Biographical details
Born (1951-08-05) August 5, 1951 (age 63)
La Mott, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1975
1975–1976
1976–1982
1982–1985
1985–1988
1988–1990
Villanova (assistant)
Yale (assistant)
Virginia (assistant)
Penn
Rutgers
Virginia (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1990–1991
1991–1995
1995–2001
2001–present
Virginia (asst. AD)
Virginia (assoc. AD)
Virginia (sr. assoc. AD)
Virginia

Craig Littlepage (born August 5, 1951) is an American college athletics administrator and former basketball player and coach. He is the athletic director at the University of Virginia. He was named to that position in 2001 and has been with the school as an administrator since 1990. Littlepage served as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1982 to 1985 and at Rutgers University from 1985 to 1988.

Early career[edit]

Littlepage played basketball for the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn's Wharton School in 1973 with a degree in economics. He served as an assistant coach at Villanova University and Yale University before coming to the University of Virginia in 1976 as an assistant coach for Terry Holland. Littlepage's alma mater Penn hired him as head coach in 1982. He then was hired as head coach by Rutgers University in 1985. After Littlepage was dismissed as head coach of the Scarlet Knights in 1988, he returned to Virginia and again served as an assistant until 1990 when Holland resigned and was replaced by Jeff Jones.

University of Virginia[edit]

On August 21, 2001, University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III announced Littlepage's appointment to be the ninth Virginia Athletics Director. He was the first Black Athletics Director in UVa history. In 2003 and 2006, he was named the Black Coaches Association's "Athletics Administrator of the Year." He was also listed on Sports Illustrated's list of the 101 most influential minorities in sports in 2003 and 2004. Littlepage created a motto of "uncompromised excellence in intercollegiate athletics," and led Virginia athletics to achieving success in a broad range of sports.

In 2003, following a controversial performance by the Virginia Pep Band at the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl in which the band lampooned the home state of the opposing West Virginia Mountaineers[1] and was banned from any future performance at the bowl,[2] Littlepage banned the Pep Band from participating in any Cavalier varsity sports. A donation from Carl Smith allowed the formation of the Cavalier Marching Band.

In 2006, he headed the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee. The committee's most prominent duty was to select the 65 teams that participate in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

At the beginning of the 2008 football season, Littlepage briefly banned signs from all school athletic events. Following a student protest at the school's second home game of the season, in which ESPN's Rick Reilly encouraged students to bring in blank signs and signs that said, "This is not a sign,"[3] Littlepage repealed the ban.[4]

In March 2009, Dave Leitao, whom Littlepage had hired to replace the outgoing Pete Gillen as men's basketball coach some four years earlier, resigned.[5] He was replaced by Tony Bennett, the former Washington State University men's basketball coach.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schackner, Bill (2003-01-01). "West Virginia is furious about U. of Virginia band's halftime spoof". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  2. ^ "UVA apologizes for pep band parody". AP via Sports Illustrated. 2002-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Troubling Signs". Virginia Magazine. Winter 2008. 
  4. ^ "Craig Littlepage Repeals Ban On Signs At Virginia Athletics Venues". VirginiaSports.com. 2008-10-02. 
  5. ^ "University of Virginia basketball coach Dave Leitao resigns". Richmond Times-Dispatch. 2009-03-16. 

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