Chris Kraus is in his sixth year as head coach of the men’s basketball program at Stonehill. Kraus, a 2006 graduate of the College, is the 14th head coach in program history and the first alumnus to direct the Skyhawks.
Kraus has maintained Stonehill’s winning ways, leading his alma mater to an 83-61 (.576) record over his first five seasons, including a 56-49 (.533) clip in the highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference, with a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament bids. The Skyhawks captured their third NCAA East Regional Championship in program history in 2016, advancing to the Elite Eight for the third time in the last ten years.
Kraus is a tie between all three Elite Eight appearances in program history, guiding the Skyhawks as a senior point guard in 2006, as an assistant coach under current Dartmouth College mentor David McLaughlin in 2012 and now full circle as a head coach in 2016. He is the first coach in East Region history to guide a program to a regional title as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach.
Kraus’ student-athletes have earned eight All-Northeast-10 Conference honors, including Ryan Logan '17, the 2013-14 NE10 Rookie of the Year, a three-time All-NE10 selection, earning first team honors as a junior and senior. Ryan is also the first student-athlete under Kraus to collect NABC All-District honors with second team honors as junior and senior.
Stonehill posted a 19-10 overall record in 2014-15, finishing tied in the NE-10 Northeast Division standings with a 14-7 mark in Conference play. While the Skyhawks fell to eventual NE-10 Tournament champions American International College in the quarterfinal round, Kraus guided the program to its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance, and first since reaching the National Semifinals in 2012.
Kraus led a youthful Stonehill squad which had just one senior average over ten minutes per game to eight wins in 2013-14. He opted for a starting rotation of one junior, three sophomores and a freshman to gain experience, which would pay dividends in his second season. Freshman Ryan Logan, a native of Fredericktown, Ohio, led the Skyhawks in scoring and would earn a spot on the NE-10’s All-Rookie Team.
Kraus earned his first career win with a 75-58 triumph over Georgian Court University in his debut as head coach and picked up his first Northeast-10 victory with a 61-56 decision over Assumption College on December 4, 2013.
Kraus took over the helm at Stonehill after serving as former head coach David McLaughlin’s top assistant coach for three seasons. Stonehill averaged 20 wins over those three years, reaching the NCAA Tournament twice, including the 2011-12 season when the Skyhawks posted 25 wins and captured both the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament and NCAA Division II East Regional crown on its way to the national semifinal round at the Elite Eight.
Kraus has coordinated a national and regional recruiting effort at Stonehill, which included extensive evaluation of potential scholarship level student-athletes. In addition to scouting and opponent breakdown from film and live scouting during the season, he was integral to on-court instruction and game planning. Kraus oversaw the academic support and monitoring system for the team, with the team producing a 2.90 cumulative grade point average, including a 2.94 GPA during the spring 2013 semester, which included five freshmen.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Kraus has ties to both Elite Eight teams that reached the national semifinal round in Stonehill men’s basketball history and is the first alumnus of the program to be named head coach. As a student-athlete within the program from 2002-2006, Kraus was a member of the 2005-06 squad that won a program-record 27 games and earned the program’s first regional championship and trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass. Along with the team’s national semifinal round run during his senior season, Kraus earned All-Northeast-10 Conference honors, was named to the NCAA Northeast Region All-Tournament Team and with his play was amongst the nation’s leaders in a number of statistical categories. He trained with the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team from 2002-2005, and won a silver medal playing for Canada at the World Junior Championships in France in 1999.
After graduating from Stonehill in 2006, Kraus spent some time playing professionally in England for London United before returning home to begin his coaching career. He was an assistant at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he assisted the team in capturing the AUS Conference championship and a berth in the national tournament. He then spent two seasons as the top assistant at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, helping the team earn back-to-back GPAC conference titles.
In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Stonehill, Kraus was admitted to the Faculty of Education program at Brandon University and earned his Master’s Degree in athletic administration from Endicott College in 2012.
Kraus and his wife, Ashley, also a 2006 Stonehill graduate and former women’s tennis student-athlete, reside in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, with son, Tanner (1).
|2014-15||19-10||.655||14-7||.667||NE-10 Tournament; NCAA Tournament|
|2015-16||24-9||.727||15-6||.714||NE-10 Tournament; NCAA East Regional Champions
NCAA Division II Elite Eight
|Totals||83-61||.576||56-49||.533||2x NCAA Tournament; 3x NE-10 Tournament
2016 NCAA East Regional Champions