Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention

Craig Littlepage

Craig Littlepage
University of Virginia

Committed to preserving and building on UVA’s longstanding tradition of academic and athletic excellence, Craig Littlepage has been Virginia’s Athletics Director since 2001.  The first African-American athletics director in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Littlepage was named the Black Coaches Association’s “Athletics Administrator of the Year” in 2003 and 2006. He was also listed on Sports Illustrated’s list of the 101 most influential minorities in sports in 2003 and 2004. In March 2005, Littlepage was named one of Black Enterprise magazine’s “Most Powerful African-Americans in Sports.”  Littlepage has been a member of UVA’s athletics administration since 1990 when he was appointed an assistant athletics director, a position he held from 1990-1991. He then spent four years as the associate director of athletics for programs and six years (1995-2001) as senior associate director of athletics, managing all aspects of the athletics department’s day-to-day operations. Littlepage leads a comprehensive 25-sport athletics program that routinely competes for championships and national rankings in many sports. At the same time, Cavalier student-athletes who exhaust their eligibility at Virginia graduate at a rate comparable to the student body as a whole. UVA student-athletes annually rank among the top Division I-A public universities in the country in graduation rates.  The LaMott, Pa., native earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He was a member of three Ivy League basketball championship teams at Penn and was instrumental in the Quakers’ drive to three consecutive NCAA Eastern Regional playoff appearances. Littlepage was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.