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Phil Craft '82

Phil Craft '82
Phil Craft '82
One of the most prolific tennis players in program history, Phil Craft dominated the competition in a dazzling career that had a dramatic impact on the development and success of the team. He also helped blaze a trail for the men’s tennis program’s national recognition in years following. Playing with impeccable court demeanor, he was considered an ultimate sportsman by teammates and opponents.

Competing at number one singles and doubles as a freshman, Craft was voted the team’s most valuable player during his rookie year. As a sophomore, he received the squad’s 1980 Unsung Hero Award. Though Craft spent his junior year in England, he continued playing in numerous tournaments abroad and was ranked as high as number three in the United Kingdom.

Craft returned to play for the Camels as a senior and was elected team captain. He led the College to an 8-3 mark as he posted a 17-0 record, again earning the squad’s Most Valuable Player Award. He earned national rankings in 1980 and 1982, climbing as high as ninth among Division III players. Upon graduating, he continued supporting the College’s tennis program, serving as a team assistant coach and advisor.

Since 1990, Craft has been co-executive and co-owner of Smith Craft Real Estate. Craft has also served as director of the Greater New Haven Convention and Tourist Board, director of the Connecticut Hotel Motel Association and treasurer of the Milford Chamber of Commerce.

Craft continues to play tennis competitively in the Fairfield County Tennis League in Connecticut. As a 20-year team member of the Country Club of Fairfield, he has been a team captain and currently holds the number one slot on his team.

Phil and his wife, Donna, have been married 20 years and have two children, Katerina, 17, and Wesley, 12. Both children have followed in Craft’s footsteps, achieving success on the tennis courts.