Jason Crafton is entering his seventh year on the Navy basketball coaching staff in 2011-12, being elevated to associate head coach in the summer leading up to the 2010-11 season.
Crafton has been vital to the success and the resurgence of the Navy basketball program, also serving as the head coach of the JV team for the last six years.
Crafton has aided in the program's resurgence, serving as a recruiter and lead scout, as well as handling the day-to-day activities of the program. A dynamic recruiter, Crafton has infused outstanding talent into the program and has helped Navy to continued improvement on the court.
In April (2011), he was named by Basketball Times / Hoop Scoop as one of the top 50 mid-major assistant coaches.
The Mids were a young squad in 2010-11 as five freshmen saw significant action en route to an 11-20 record. Then-freshmen J.J. Avila and Isaiah Roberts were both named the Patriot League All-Rookie Team with Avila earning the school's first conference Rookie of the Year honor since David Robinson won the CAA's Rookie of the Year honor in 1984. In addition, junior guard Jordan Sugars was named to second-team all-Patriot League, making him the fourth different guard in the last four years to be named all-Patriot League.
In 2009-10, Crafton helped the Midshipmen to a 13-17 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Patriot League at 7-7. The Mids were once again near the top of the Patriot League in scoring and the Mids' three-guard attack of Chris Harris, Jordan Sugars and O.J. Avworo were among the highest-scoring guard trios in the country, averaging over 44 points per game between them. Navy finished in the top three in five different categories in the Patriot League while ranking 21st and 98th nationally in three-pointers made per game and free throw percentage, respectively.
Three years ago, Crafton helped the Midshipmen to a 19-11 overall record, equaling the most wins for the Navy program since the 1999-00 season. On the court, the team continued to flourish, leading the league in scoring again and ranking high nationally in field goal percentage defense and free throw percentage while starting essentially a four-guard lineup for the second straight season.
Four years ago, Navy finished second in the Patriot League with a 16-14 record, the program's best mark since 2001. With its four-guard lineup that flourished offensively, the Mids were the top-scoring team in the Patriot League, while forcing the most turnovers and creating the most steals in the conference defensively. He has helped shape guards Kaleo Kina and Chris Harris into all-Patriot League performers, while helping Romeo Garcia earn all-Patriot League Rookie Team accolades. The Mids set school records a year ago in three-pointers made and free throw percentage, and forced the third-most turnovers in school history. Navy finished the year ranked in the top 50 nationally in scoring offense, three-pointers made, free throw percentage and steals per game.
In 2006-07, the Mids finished last season with a 14-16 record, their best record in six years. Navy accomplished that with a strong freshman class and talented upperclassmen. Navy was one of the most-improved teams in the country on the defensive end, ranking in the top 50 nationally in scoring defense.
The Mids continued its rebuilding process in Crafton's first year at Navy (2005-06), posting a 10-18 record, despite the majority of the team being freshman and sophomores. The squad continued its offensive improvement, leading the Patriot League in points per game in all games played.
Crafton had previously served for two years as an Administrative Assistant with the Villanova men's basketball program that reached the NIT Quarterfinals in 2004 and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2005. Crafton wore many hats while with the Wildcats, including video ooordinator, as well as the Villanova Basketball Camp coordinator. He produced recruiting mail-outs, oversaw the student managers and monitored the student-athletes' academic progress. In addition, he was responsible for the Wildcats' film exchange program and utilized the video editing system to break down film on the upcoming opponent. As the Villanova Basketball Camp coordinator, Crafton oversaw the operation of the camp, which included scheduling guest speakers, producing the daily schedule and assembling and managing the camp staff.
In the summer of 2004, Crafton was a member of the support staff for the Under-20 National Team Training Camp that took place at the New Jersey Nets practice facility. He served as the video coordinator, assisting the coaching staff with their preparation for the Olympic Games. That team went on to win the gold medal.
Crafton earned his Bachelor of Sciences Degree from Nyack College in May of 2003 where he majored in communications. A three-year starter at point guard for the Purple Pride, he was a member of Nyack's first-ever conference championship team in 2000 that advanced to the national tournament. He went on to serve as a volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater following graduation before moving on to Villanova in the summer of 2003.