Posted: 3:02 pm Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Former Vidalia coach Cravey dies at age 76 

By Todd Holcomb

John “Buck” Cravey, the only head football coach to win state championships in both the GHSA and GISA, died Tuesday at the age of 76, the Macon Telegraph has reported.

Cravey won 270 games, 17th-most in state history, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

In 1969, he won the only state title in the history of Vidalia High, where he coached from 1967 to 1972 and then 1975 to 1992.

Cravey left Vidalia to coach at Briarwood Academy in Warrenton and then Pinewood Christian in Bellville in the Georgia Independent School Association. Pinewood won a state title in 1997.

Vidalia’s football field is named in Cravey’s honor.


Great coach and colorful man, will never forget the rolled up pants, towel around his neck and dried chewing tobacco in the corners of his mouth!! Old school football for sure!!!!