Craig Coney

2002 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee


Parent: Cloteal Coney (Mother)
Wife: Lenetta
Daughters: Lauren and Erin (Twins)
Sister: Renita Coney Mays

Craig grew up on 9th Street on Flint’s south side. He attended Clark Elementary, Whittier Junior High, and graduated from Flint Central High School.

Craig’s sports career began in junior high school. He was beat in a game of table tennis by a young girl, and from that day on, Craig said he would never be beaten by a girl again. He went on to win 14 table tennis championships and a Gold Metal at Ballenger Field House. Out of eight pre-olympian meets, he won seven first places and won four matches to capture the Flint Olympian title. The only persons Craig remembers beating him at table tennis was his Uncle Willie Moore and his son Jimmy Moore (both GFAAHF inductees).

At Flint Central, Craig was named to the Second Team Saginaw Valley Conference Basketball squad. He scored 334 points for a 15.9 average and a team record of 18 wins and 3 losses under Coach Clif Turner. He played on Central’s team that won the City Valley and District finals. Coach Turner said “Craig is #2 scorer, #2 play maker and #3 rebounder.” No one else rated that high in all three categories.

Craig went on to Oakland University, where he had a 14 point scoring average as a sophomore and first in assist. Against Wayne State, Craig led the scoring for the Oakland Pioneers with 24 points, six of which was in overtime play.

In the Michigan Open, Craig teamed up with Ken Brady and Freels Bacon averaged over 20 points each. Ken is a 2000 GFAAHF inductee.

In the Class AA League, Craig teamed up with Tim Bograkos, played 31 games and their average gave them the best scoring output by any guard combination in the league. Craig was the number one scorer for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and was known as the best corner side court shot in the city.

He was picked by the Flint Journal as one of the top twenty players in the past decade.

Craig is an Assistant Vice President for Career Alliance in Flint.