For the past twenty- one years, Coach Keith 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. As a nationally-recognized coach and mentor, Coach Croft has a proven track record of leading young athletes into success.
His background and experience was vindicated with the exceptional success of his teams. Keith Croft is the current head football coach at Bishop Hendricken High School, a position that he has held for the last eleven years. Under the direction of Coach Croft, his teams have compiled a 150-23 record including thirteen playoff berths and twelve championship game appearances. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018, on each of those years, Hendricken captured the Rhode State Championship. During the 2010-2016 season, the seven consecutive state championships was the second longest consecutive championship streak in the nation.
During his over two decade-long career, Keith croft has become a respected an honored member of the sport. Coach Croft was named the 2010 Words[SMOD1] Unlimited RI Schoolboy High School Coach of the Year. He was named the 2010, 2012, 2013 Coaches Association Division 1 Coach of the year, 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. In 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, Coach Keith led the Hawks to the 2004 Freshman State Championship. As the Varsity Head Coach, he guided the Hawks to both the 2007,2009, and 2017 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. Previously, Coach Croft was a guest lecturer at the New England Football Clinic, which was held at Gillette Stadium. This coming March, Coach Croft will be a guest lecturer at the Big New England Clinic in Newport, Rhode Island.
Coach Keith Croft holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Rhode Island College, endorsements in Health Education and Adaptive Physical Education, as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership.. From 2001 to the present, Coach Croft has been employed by Cranston Public Schools as a physical education and health teacher, most recently serving as an elementary assistant principal.