Jimmy Croft, the all-time winningest boys’ basketball coach in Crittenden County High School history, is the lone inductee this year into the Farmers Bank Marion-Crittenden County Athletics Hall of Fame.
Croft coached the Rockets at his alma mater 1995-2005. When he took the bit, Crittenden hadn’t had a winning season in more than 20 years. Over a 10-year period his squads won 138 games and lost 117. In 1998, Croft and his Rockets won the Fifth District championship, the boys’ only league title in the last 50 years. His 2000 team won 20 games for the first time since Marion and Crittenden consolidated schools in the 1950s. He also coached Crittenden County’s girls and is now a Trigg assistant.
The Hall of Fame Game is tonight when Crittenden hosts Dawson Springs in a varsity doubleheader. It is also the homecoming game.
Croft (foreground) is pictured on the sideline for Trigg County earlier this year as his son, head coach Payton Croft, directs the Wildcats.