Craig Littlepage Included On Sports Illustrated's List Of The 101 Most Influential Minorities In Sports
July 6, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia Athletics Director Craig Littlepage is included in Sports Illustrated magazine’s listing of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” for the second consecutive year. Littlepage is number 55 on the list which was included in the June 28 issue of the magazine.
Littlepage is in his third year as Virginia’s athletics director. He is the first African-American athletics director in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
Littlepage has been a member of UVa’s athletics administration since 1990. He served six years (1995-2001) as senior associate director of athletics at Virginia, managing all aspects of the athletics department’s day-to-day operations. Before that, he spent four years as associate director of athletics for programs. He originally joined Virginia’s athletics administrative staff in 1990 as an assistant athletics director.
In February of 2002, he was appointed to the 10-member Division I men’s basketball tournament committee by the NCAA Championship/Competition Cabinet. Previously, Littlepage was a member of the NCAA Division I Infractions Committee and the NCAA Academics, Eligibility and Compliance Cabinet, serving on the Recruiting and Student-Athlete Reinstatement Subcommittees. He chaired the Reinstatement Subcommittee in 1999-2000.
Littlepage received the Black Coaches Association’s Athletics Administrator of the Year Award in June of 2003.
Prior to beginning his career in athletics administration, Littlepage served two stints as an assistant coach with the Virginia men’s basketball program, from 1976 to 1982 and from 1988 to 1990. He held head coaching positions at Pennsylvania (1982-85) and at Rutgers (1985-88). He was also an assistant coach at Villanova for two years and at Yale for one year before joining the UVa men’s basketball program as an assistant coach in 1976.
The LaMott, Pa., native earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He was a member of three Ivy League basketball championship teams at Penn and was instrumental in the Quakers’ drive to three consecutive NCAA Eastern Regional playoff appearances.