Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Craig  Littlepage

class of 1969
inducted in 1996

Craig Littlepage

Administrator & Educator
1st African-American Athletic Director in
Atlantic Coast Conference

Before graduating from Cheltenham High School in 1969, Craig Littlepage led Cheltenham's boys' basketball team to the Pennsylvania High School State Championship game. An All-American, All-Region, and All-State athlete in high school, Littlepage went on to play a key role for the University of Pennsylvania's basketball team. After graduating from Penn's Wharton School of Business and Finance with a B.S. in Economics in 1973, Littlepage held assistant coaching positions at Villanova, Yale, and the University of Virginia. In 1982, Littlepage returned to his alma mater as head basketball coach. After winning the Ivy League championship and advancing to the NCAA tournament in 1984-85, Littlepage moved on to Rutgers, and later returned to the University of Virginia. Following two years as a Virginia assistant coach, Littlepage was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for basketball administration, and from there to Associate Director of Athletic Programs. In December of 1994 Littlepage was named the university's interim Director of Athletics, a position he held until July 1995, when he was again elevated, this time to Senior Associate Director for Athletic Programs. In August of 2001, he was named Athletics Director at U.Va. Littlepage, who became the first African American in the Atlantic Coast Conference to hold the post, had served as interim director since June, 2001. In addition to his athletic success on and off the court, Littlepage has contributed to community volunteer activities. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Philadelphia Police Athletic League and the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House.