Former head coach arrested

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:43pm

Former USU Eastern basketball coach Chris Craig found himself in trouble again with the law after causing a disturbance at Castle Heights Elementary School on Friday, April 11.

Craig was arrested for driving his car, covered with spray-painted bible verses, through the bus turn around, jumping the curb and traveling across the playground before coming to a stop outside one of the classrooms.

After stopping his car, Craig got out and presented himself to the police officer on the scene and “He was wearing what we would term Arabic-style clothing, complete with a turban on his head.” said Price City Police Captain Bill Barnes. He added that they had known of previous issues with Craig’s illness and law enforcement, according to an article by the Sun Advocate.

According to Barnes, “No one was in danger during the incident,” referring to the students, teachers and staff of the school, he added, “There was no fight, no nothing.” The car was removed from the playground and Craig was taken by law enforcement officers to Carbon County Jail and booked. Police believe that Craig will be charged with several misdemeanors including disorderly conduct and driving with a suspended license, reported the Advocate.

This is the second time that he has been arrested within the last year. Last July, Craig was arrested in Arizona after walking into several classrooms on the campus of Eastern Arizona College after yelling derogatory remarks at professors and students. He also made headlines last summer in Colorado after causing scenes around churches while wearing a homemade turban and sunglasses.

Craig was the head coach of the Golden Eagles from 2007 to 2010 where he was the youngest head coach in NJCAA Division I history. In the 2009-10 athletic year Craig helped to guide the men’s basketball team to the national tournament where they placed third in the nation. He then moved to the University of Northern Colorado as an assistant coach for one year before taking over the head coaching job at Midland College, a position he held for a year.

USU Eastern athletic director Dave Paur said, “I feel bad for him and his family. I hope that there is some way that he can be helped medically so that he can return to his family.”

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