Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator (Offensive Line) • Seventh Year • Portland State '98
Recruiting Area: East Bay | San Jose
Jim Craft was added to Cal Poly's football coaching staff as wide receivers coach in May 2013 and was given additional duties as special teams coordinator prior to the 2015 season. In March 2017, Craft was promoted to the position of offensive coordinator and coaches the offensive line.
"Craft played and coached for me, so I have known him for a long time," Mustang head coach Tim Walsh said. "He coached for me for six years at Portland State, and I believe bringing that experience was critical to our development as a staff. His input is invaluable to us because of his experience as a coordinator."
Craft came to Cal Poly after serving three seasons as offensive coordinator at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He has a wealth of experience at the Division I level and a wide knowledge of the vaunted West Coast offense.
In his first two seasons at Pacific, Craft built a team comprised exclusively of underclassmen into one of the top passing attacks in all of NCAA Division III football. The Boxers finished 2011 ranked third in the Northwest Conference and 23rd among Division III teams with an average of 282.3 yards per game. Pacific's four quarterbacks combined for a pass efficiency rating of 134.63, third best in the NWC and 65th among all Division III programs.
Prior to his stint at Pacific, Craft coached for nine years at his alma mater, Portland State. During that time, Craft became a student of the Run and Shoot offense under the legendary Mouse Davis as well as the West Coast offense under Walsh.
Craft was offensive coordinator for Portland State in 2009 under then-head coach Jerry Glanville and also served one season as the offensive line coach and one year as the wide receivers coach under Glanville and Mouse, who was offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008. Craft worked with first-team All-Big Sky Conference and third-team All-American wide receiver Tremayne Kirkland in 2007.
Under Walsh from 2001-06, Craft worked five seasons as the tight ends coach and one year as quarterbacks coach. He also assumed the duty of special teams coordinator for four seasons and coached tight end Tony Curtis, who has played for six NFL teams.
Prior to joining the Portland State staff, Craft worked the 1999 and 2000 seasons as the tight ends coach at Lewis & Clark College. He played his collegiate football at Portland State from 1995-98 under Walsh, catching 57 passes and scoring nine touchdowns. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Portland State in 1998 and a master's in teaching in 2003.
Craft volunteered his time as a coach for the second annual Middle School Bowl Game Series in July 2019 at Frisco, Texas. The event united top athletes who participated in U.S. National Team Regionals earlier in the spring, selected by Regionals' coaching staffs. Games were played at the Ford Center at The Star, the official practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys.
Craft, 44, and his wife, Kelley, have two daughters, Kayla (16) and Stella Marie (7), and one son, Tyler (12).