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John A. Krafft

Inducted 1980

Biography

In 10 years as Elgin High School’s varsity basketball coach (1940—50), Krafft's teams won 178 games and lost only 48. Under his direction the Maroons won outright or shared the Big Eight Conference championship seven times, took six regional titles, and qualified for five “Sweet Sixteen” tournaments at Champaign. His Elgin teams finished fourth in 1943, second in 1944, and third in 1950. He was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 1957.