Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends,
It is with sadness that I inform the Villanova community that Jack Kraft, head men's basketball coach from 1961 to 1973, passed away yesterday in New Jersey at the age of 93.
Coach Kraft's teams provided amazing moments on the court, highlighted by a memorable run to the NCAA Championship game in 1971. He developed several Wildcat legends and took great pride in his role as coach, leader and mentor. Coach Kraft also understood the meaning and value of the Augustinian ideals embraced by our community. They guided his coaching style and helped inspire great loyalty and love among his players. Many of them were in attendance at The Pavilion in 2011 as Coach Kraft was honored near the 50th anniversary of his first victory at the University. Please visit this link to learn more about Coach Kraft and his many contributions to the rich legacy of Villanova basketball.
Funeral arrangements will be communicated on the alumni web site once they are finalized. Please keep Coach Kraft and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Fr. Peter Donohue, OSA