Bob Craddock, Raytown High School, Class of 1955
After graduating from Raytown High in 1955, Bob Craddock received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Missouri Valley College in 1960. At Valley, he was a four-year letterman and on four conference championship teams. He later received his Masters from Central Missouri State University.
Bob began his coaching and teaching career at Northwood Elementary in Raytown in 1960 and became the head track coach at Raytown South in 1961. In 1965, he took over the South’s cross-country program. The team won the state title in 1970, placed second in 1969, and third in 1971. His South track and field teams won the state indoor track meet in 1976 and placed second in 1972.
Bob moved from Raytown South to Lee’s Summit in 1983 where he remained until his retirement in 1995. His coaching records at both schools in both sports are among Missouri’s all time bests. His true love was coaching and he spent thirty-five years teaching and coaching cross-country and track in the Raytown and Lee’s Summit School Districts, winning over 30 Conference and 15 District Championships in track and cross country. Even though his teams won various types of championships, his greatest joy came from his athletes that became coaches.
From 1969 to 1972 Bob was voted West Central Coach of the Year and he served as president of the Missouri Track and Cross Country Association in 1974-75. Bob is a member of the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame, Missouri Track and Field Association Hall of Fame, and the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame. When Bob retired, he remained active in officiating meets and rules interpretation and was a volunteer coach in Savannah, Georgia.
A Kansas City Star article written immediately after Bob’s death said, “It’s a sad day the for the track and field community, not only for Kansas City, but across the state and region. We lost a legend for this area.”
Bob’s wife, Susan, lives in Savannah, Georgia. He has three children, Cindi, Rob, and Stephanie, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.