As we enter our 14th season, the Elite Football School is Rhode Island's premier football camp for players between the ages of 5 through high school. Our goal is to teach young athletes the fundamentals of football in a challenging and positive environment.
Coach Keith Croft holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Rhode Island College, endorsements in Health Education and Adaptive Physical Education, and a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Providence College. From 2001 to the present, Keith has been employed by Cranston Public Schools as a physical education and health teacher, most recently serving as an elementary assistant principal.
For the past twenty years, Coach Croft has been coaching football at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. He began his career as a Varsity Assistant Coach, transitioned to the Junior Varsity Head Coach before becoming the Freshman Head Coach.
Currently, Keith is the Head Football Coach, a position that he has held for the last ten years. Under the direction of Coach Croft, his teams have compiled a 143-22 record including twelve playoff berths and eleven championship game appearances. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Coach Croft led the varsity Hawks to seven consecutive State Championships. At this time, it is the second longest consecutive championship streak in the nation. Coach Croft was named the 2010 Words Unlimited RI Schoolboy High School Coach of the Year as well as the 2010, 2012, 2013 Coaches Association Division 1 Coach, 2013 Rhode Island High School Football Coach of the Year. In 2011, he was honored as the Warwick Beacon High School Football Coach of the Year. In 2014, he was honored as the 2014 NFHS Football Coach of the Year. This past season, he was named the 2016 USA Today High School Football Coach of the Year for the State of Rhode Island.
While he was the freshman Head Coach, Keith led the Hawks to the 2004 Freshman State Championship. As the Varsity Head Coach, he guided the Hawks to both the 2007 and 2009 Division I Super Bowls. Keith has previously worked the New England Patriots Chris Slade Football Camp and has also served on the staff of the New England Patriots Joe Andruzzi Day Camp. Last year, Coach Croft was a guest lecturer at the New England Football Clinic, which was held at Gillette Stadium.