Gardner-Webb Staff Update

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Craft has finalized his coaching staff for the 2023-2024 season. Adam Bullard, who enters his seventh season with the program, has been promoted to Assistant Coach and Tannor Kraus has been named Director of Basketball Operations.

After spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at Gardner-Webb, Bullard was tabbed as the program’s new Director of Basketball Operations following the 2018-2019 season in which the Runnin’ Bulldogs earned their first NCAA Tournament berth in school history. He maintained that title for two seasons before earning a promotion in October 2021 to Director of Scouting and Player Development. The latest promotion is Bullard’s third of his Gardner-Webb tenure, where he has assisted in all aspects of the program’s growth and success.

“I am thrilled to promote Adam Bullard from Director of Player Development to Assistant Coach,” said Craft. “He has diligently served our program in countless ways over the last six years. Adam is the consummate example of a great teammate and knows our system and culture inside and out. Our players and staff will continue to benefit from his effort and knowledge.”

Bullard also served as head coach of the 2018-2019 reserve basketball team, which played its inaugural schedule against other collegiate junior varsity programs around the region.
Bullard joined Gardner-Webb after spending time as a student assistant at his alma mater, Western Carolina University, and in the high school coaching ranks at Blue Ridge Early College in Cashiers, North Carolina.

Bullard completed a graduate degree in sports education at Gardner-Webb in 2019. He graduated from Western Carolina in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management.
Kraus joins Gardner-Webb following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Northwest Nazarene University where he helped lead the Nighthawks to the 2023 GNAC Championship and advance to the Division II NCAA Tournament. Additionally, Kraus helped coach the Nighthawks to the No. 1-ranked defense in the GNAC during the 2021-2022 season and the top defense in the west region during the 2022-2023 season.

Overall, Kraus has been a part of five winning seasons and part of two NCAA Tournament teams, including his time in Division I as a graduate assistant at Santa Clara University (2019-2021) and a student manger the University of Missouri (2017-2019).

Kraus earned a master’s degree in educational leadership at Santa Clara in 2021 and a bachelor’s degree in park, recreation, and sport management at Missouri in 2019.
“Tannor Kraus is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff,” said Craft. “He has had the opportunity to learn and work for several exceptional coaching staffs at different levels of college basketball. Tannor brings energy, enthusiasm and a detailed work ethic to Gardner-Webb. He is also a great fit spiritually for the culture we want to continue here at Gardner-Webb.”