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Andrew Craycraft, an accomplished middle-distance runner at St. Joseph's University and the University of North Carolina, joined the DePaul Athletic staff as a part-time assistant coach for cross country and track and field teams in the fall of 2008 and become a full-time assistant coach in the spring of 2011. Craycraft assists both squads with recruiting and developing mid-distance and distance runners.
During his freshman and sophomore seasons at St. Joseph's, Craycraft set school records in the 800m dash, 1:48.83, and the 4x800m relay, 7:25; records which still stand today. He also broke the school record in the 500m when he won the race during the 2002 Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America Championship meet. At UNC, he won the 800m dash with a time of 1:52.49 at the 2003 ACC Conference Indoor Championships. His best time in the event was 1:48.91, which set a UNC men's indoor record.
Before joining the Blue Demon staff, Craycraft served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Michigan State University women's cross country and track and field teams. While there, the Spartans made their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, in addition to producing two All-Great Lakes Region athletes.
During the track and field season, Craycraft sent four of his athletes to the Mid-East Regional Championships. From there, Nicole Bush qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase and was named an All-American.
Off the track, Craycraft has experienced tremendous success as both a student-athlete and a coach. During his 2004 season at UNC he was named to the ACC Academic All-Conference team, in addition to being given the Athletic Director's Student-Athlete Award. While coaching at MSU, his cross country squad was ranked 32nd in the nation with an overall team GPA of 3.61. All-Academic Team honors were bestowed up them by the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Association.
After earning his degree in History from UNC, Craycraft went on to pursue a Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. He currently works as a legal assistant for the Center for Disability and Elder Law in Chicago, Ill.