Kevin Craig

Inducted 2019

Kevin Craig was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 after three-plus decades of winning girls basketball championships in the Florida Panhandle.

Born in Clifton, New Jersey, and a 1973 graduate of Deerfield Beach High School, Craig arrived at Fort Walton Beach in 1979 as an assistant football coach. After coaching boys basketball and tennis for a few years, he took over as the head coach for the girls basketball team. In 22 seasons (1984-2003), Craig led the Vikings to two state championships (1994, 1999), made six trips to the FHSAA Final Four, captured 10 district championships and racked up 509 victories.

In 2004, the Florida State University graduate became the head coach at South Walton High School, and in 14 seasons has won 69 percent of his games. In 2013, Craig guided the Seahawks to their first state championship in girls basketball. In addition, the two-time Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year (1995, 2013) has made three appearances in the FHSAA Final Four, including a runner-up finish in 2017.

In all, Craig enters the Hall of Fame with a career record of 790-309 with three state championships, nine Final Four appearances and 15 district championships. As a result, he is also a member of the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (2012) as well as the Northwest Florida All-Sports Association Hall of Fame (2014).

In his spare time, Craig spent 15 years running YMCA youth basketball summer camps in the Fort Walton Beach area.