Joe Cravens

Joe Cravens (born March 9, 1954)

Teams coached: Utah Utes, Idaho Vandals, Weber State Wildcats
Utah record: 12-12 (.500)
Idaho record: 42-41 (.506)
Weber State record: 116-88 (.569)
Overall record: 170-141 (.547)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1999-2006 Weber State
1997-1999 Weber State (asst)
1996-1997 UC Irvine (asst)
1993-1996 Idaho
1990-1993 Utah (asst)
1989-1990 Utah (interim HC)
1989 Utah (asst)
1985-1989 Washington (asst)
1981-1985 Texas-Arlington (asst)
1978-1981 Southwest Texas State (asst)
1977-1978 Texas-Arlington (asst)

Joe Cravens Facts

  • Joseph Dale Cravens
  • Born March 9, 1954
  • Hometown: Scottsburg, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: University of Texas at Arlington (BA, 1977)
  • The Indiana-native spent two years at Brunswick JC (GA) before playing for two seasons at Texas-Arlington for head coach Barry Dowd
  • Started his coaching career at his alma mater, spending five seasons (in two separate stints) assisting Bob “Snake” LeGrand
    • In between stints, Cravens worked as an assistant under Dan Wall at (Southwest) Texas State for three seasons
  • Headed out West in 1985, spending the next four seasons as an assistant under Andy Russo at Washington
  • Joined Rick Majerus‘ staff at Utah in 1989; was thrust into the role of interim head coach in his first season when Majerus had to take a medical leave of absence, Cravens led the Utes to a 12-12 (7-9 WAC) record
    • Remained at Utah as an assistant coach for three more seasons before getting hired by Idaho in 1993
  • Went 42-41 in three seasons as the Vandals’ head coach; after going 18-10 in his first year, Cravens’ teams won just 12 games in each of the next two
    • Went overseas to coach in Switzerland for the summer after getting let go by Idaho in 1996
  • Spent one season as an assistant at UC Irvine under Ron Baker before joining Ron Abegglen‘s staff at Weber State in 1997
    • Was an assistant for two seasons, with the Wildcats going 25-8 and winning the Big Sky in 1999
  • Elevated to head coach following Abegglen‘s resignation in 1999 and led the Wildcats for the next seven seasons
    • Compiled an overall record of 116-88, highlighted by the 2002-03 season when he won the Big Sky and reached the NCAA Tournament
  • After Weber State, Cravens spent some time coaching the girl’s team at Saint Joseph Catholic HS in Ogden, Utah
    • He also worked as a college basketball analyst for the MountainWest Sports Network (folded in 2012)

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