Earl Craven

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Earl Craven
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1922-11-24)November 24, 1922
Beaver, Kansas
Died July 27, 2000(2000-07-27) (aged 77)
Playing career
late 1940s Pacific College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1949–1954 Friends
1955–1956 Taylor
1958–1962 William Penn
1963–1967 George Fox

Earl Craven (November 24, 1922 – July 27, 2000) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator in the United States. He was president of the NAIA Coaches Association from 1957 through 1959.[1] He also initiated a nationwide appeal to cease marketing efforts of alcoholic beverages at college sports events and campuses.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Craven entered Pacific College (now called George Fox University) in Newberg, Oregon during the fall of 1941. His time in college was interrupted by military service in World War II from 1943 to 1946, but he returned to Pacific and was awarded letters in basketball, baseball and football. Craven earned a degree in psychology and education in 1949.

Coaching career[edit]

Taylor University[edit]

Craven was named the head coach at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana beginning with the 1955 season.[3]

William Penn[edit]

In 1958 Craven was hired as the 29th football coach[4] and athletic director of William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa. William Penn athletics had been in a major slump for 20 years. Craven worked to boost attendance and improve the program. Craven’s first football team at William Penn recorded the most wins in a single season to date and ended with a record of 7 wins and 2 losses, including the program's first win over Central in 20 years.[5] His record at the school was 26 wins, 18 losses, and 2 ties.[6]


  1. ^ George Fox University "FORMER FOOTBALL COACH AND A.D. EARL CRAVEN PASSES AWAY" July 31, 2000
  2. ^ The Lima Recorder "Off the Hook" by Thomas H. Alvord, January 23, 1958
  3. ^ New York Times "Craven to Coach at Taylor" December 10, 1954
  4. ^ William Penn Athletics Football coaching records
  5. ^ William Penn Athletics History of the Penn Booster Club
  6. ^ Statesmen Athletics Hall of Fame: Earl Craven