Veteran coach Jim Craig will take over leadership of the four-time national championship Burris Laboratory School high school girls’ volleyball program. He spent last season as an assistant to Steve Shondell, who came out of retirement in 2019 on a short-term basis to oversee the program.
Craig served as head volleyball coach at Wapahani High School from 1977 to 1994, winning 13 sectional championships, six regional championships and appearing in the state “Elite 8” twice. He also led Wapahani to 11 Delaware County championships. Craig was named the 1994 Indiana Coach of the Year and the 1995 Indiana all-star game coach. In 1994, he was inducted into the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame.
He began his teaching career at Culver Military Academy in 1971-72 and then taught at Alexandria-Monroe Schools (1972-74), and Liberty-Perry Schools (1974-75). Craig then moved into administration, working at Liberty-Perry in several roles, including assistant principal, athletic director, high school principal and superintendent (1981-2008). He then served superintendent at Southern Wells Schools (2008-16).
Craig graduated from Marion High School in 1967. He then attended Ball State, earning his bachelor’s degree in music in 1971, a master’s in secondary education in 1979 and a doctorate in education in 1999.