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CU mourns the death of former student-athlete Crad Jaggers
By Jordan Alves, sports information director
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY - Campbellsville University athletics is saddened to report that former two-sport athlete Crad Jaggers died Thursday, October 20, 2016 of an apparent suicide.
Jaggers, 39, was the son of Joe and Joye Jaggers of Vine Grove, KY, and is survived by his wife Tesa and children Ace and Anna. He was born on August 2, 1977.
He was an All-Conference performer for the Tiger baseball squad and a quarterback during the 2000 season for the Fighting Tiger football team.
Visitation will be from 11:30amCT/12:30pmET until 1:15pmCT/2:15pmET Sunday, October 23, at Coffey & Chism Funeral Home, 769 Highland Ave, Vine Grove, KY. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2pmCT/3pmET, Sunday, October 23, 2016, at the North Hardin High School Football Field, 801 S Logsdon Pkwy (Campus address), Radcliff, KY 40160. Jaggers will be laid to rest at the North Hardin Memorial Gardens, 1100 S Logsdon Pkwy; Radcliff, KY
"We are saddened to hear of the passing of Crad Jaggers," said CU director of athletics Rusty Hollingsworth. "We fondly remember the example he set for his teammates and Campbellsville University with his work ethic and dedication during the time he was with us. Our heartfelt prayers and expressions of sympathy are extended to his family, children and friends."
Jaggers graduated from North Hardin High School in 1996 and went to Western Kentucky University where he played baseball and was a walk-on for WKU football for two years. Jaggers then transferred to Campbellsville and played for the late Ron Finley and current baseball head coach Beauford Sanders.
During the 2000 football season one memory stands out is the Oct. 7, 2000 game at Belhaven College. Kevin Burkhead, lead statistician at CU, has seen every football game since the rebirth of the program in 1987 and recalls Jaggers and Finley making a risky decision late in a game that paid off and became Burkhead's favorite memory at CU.
"I can remember it like it was yesterday," said Burkhead. "Belhaven was winning by one point, 28-27, and had the ball late in the game with 1:42 on the clock. All they had to do was take a knee and the clock would run out. So Crad, who was playing quarterback that game in place of Chad Deener, who tore his ACL a few weeks earlier, went up to Coach Finley and told him if they are going to run a play, then let them score because they will end up running the clock out. So Coach Finley agreed.
"We let them score to put the Belhaven lead at 34-27 and we stopped them on the two-point conversion try which would have put the game away with a nine-point lead. On the next drive we got the ball back with 46 seconds left. Crad threw a 39-yard pass to David Petett to start the drive then capped it with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Hairl Morris with time expiring, cutting the deficit to one, 34-33. Coach Finley decided to go for a two-point conversion and Crad found Ben Smith for the game-winning catch. We ended up winning that game because of Crad. It's my favorite game at CU."
Jaggers played nine games that season filling in for the injured Deener. He threw for 1,155 yards and six touchdowns.
During his baseball career, Jaggers was a First Team All-Conference pitcher for the Tigers In 2000. He is currently ninth on the all-time list for single-season appearances with 20.
Jaggers graduated from CU on May 5, 2001 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in business administration. He later went on to earn his masters of arts in special education on July 30, 2004.
After graduation, Jaggers served as an assistant at the University of the Cumberlands, North Hardin and Central Hardin before becoming the head coach at North Hardin from 2008-11 and posting an 18-26 record. Jaggers did not coach in 2012 and was on the staff at T.K. Stone Middle School in 2013 before heading to Nelson County in 2014.
After not coaching for another season (2015), Jaggers was named the head coach at Valley High School but later resigned his post in May 2016 before ever coaching a game.
Jaggers' father, Joe, won 292 games and five state championships in 33 seasons as head coach at North Hardin, Fort Knox, Trigg County, Nelson County and Old Kentucky Home.
Crad's brother, Marty, led Mercer County to a state championship in 2006 and now is the athletic director at Trigg County. Josh Jaggers - Marty's son and Crad's nephew - is an assistant coach at John Hardin.
This story was posted on 2016-10-23 05:17:20
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