Amiee Schachs – The Tallahassee Democrat
North Florida Christian announced Thursday afternoon the hiring of former Eagles quarterback Robert Craft as Tim Cokely’s successor as head football coach.
Craft, who has been the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Ga. since 2005, was introduced to the football team and parents before a reception in the NFC band room. before a reception in the NFC band room.
His wife, Tallahassee native Sara Leeka, was also on hand. The couple has a 1-year-old daughter, Ella Grace.”It really does feel like we’re coming home,” Craft said. A quarterback for the Eagles in the mid-1990s, Craft was a three-time state champion and also played basketball. He served as a captain on both squads. By the time Craft graduated from Tennessee Tech University, he had set every major single-season and career passing record in the program’s history, including most touchdowns, most total yardage and most total offense.
Craft also finished his collegiate career as one of the top 10 all-time leading passers in the Ohio Valley Conference. In his last season with Colquitt County, his team went 11-3 before falling in the state semifinals to eventual Georgia 5A state champion Camden County.
Craft shared Thursday the three phases in which he hopes to help players develop: spiritually, academically and athletically. He also stressed the importance of hitting the weight room and that the recruiting process for upperclassmen would begin immediately.
Craft will officially take the reins on Monday.”We are ready to get to work,” Craft said. “We’re excited.”