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Sunday, July 21, 2013
Gardner-Webb hires Tim Craft

By Jeff Goodman

Gardner-Webb will replace Chris Holtmann with former Runnin' Bulldogs assistant Tim Craft as head coach, multiple sources told

Craft has been on Jeff Lebo's staff for the past four seasons – including the last three as an assistant at East Carolina. He will replace the 41-year-old Holtmann, who joined new Butler coach Brandon Miller's staff last week.

Craft, who was an assistant at Gardner-Webb from 2004 to 2007, will inherit a team expected to compete for one of the top spots in the Big South. Gardner-Webb finished 21-13 last season and went to the CIT -- the program's first postseason appearance in the Division I ranks.

The Bulldogs return three starters and also add Texas A&M transfer Naji Hibbert.