SPORTS: CRAIGHEAD RETIREMENT

SPORTS: CRAIGHEAD RETIREMENT

Jeff Craighead was presented with a ball commemorating his 23-year career at Defeated Elementary.

Craighead had his first 20-win season in 2014 and completed a perfect season in 2015 with a 24-0 record.

Under his direction, Defeated made 10 state tournament appearances (1996, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

The Lady Braves captured state titles on two occasions (1999, 2015).

Defeated also claimed the Smith County Elementary Tournament title four times (1996, 1999, 2014, 2015).

Craighead coached 72 All-County performers and eight Player of the Year recipients during his career.

Several of Defeated girls basketball head coach Jeff Craighead’s former players were present to recognize Craighead’s 23-year career at the school — including members from Craighead’s first team in 1994 and members from Craighead’s 2016-2017 squad.

Former players and Defeated Elementary held a surprise “Thank You, Coach Party” for Craighead on March 17.

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