Shortridge High School offers a variety of athletic sports and activities. Listed are our athletic coaches and their contact details; please feel free to reach out to a coach to learn more about the sport, verify schedules and volunteer at ticket gates and concessions.
Ms. Jennifer Maxwell
Mr. James Garner
I am a graduate of Crispus Attucks High School class of 1977, and IUPUI class of 1982. I hold a BA degree in Psychology and have been a PTR certified tennis professional since 1997. I coached the boys and girls tennis teams at Crispus Attucks for 12 years. And I continue to teach and coach kids in Riverside Park during the summer. I have competed in tennis competitions since 1974 and was inspired watching Arthur Ashe play tennis at Riverside Park. I have served as President of the Capitol City Tennis Club, associate pro at the Healthplex athletic club, board member of NJTL, and as a USTA umpire and referee. I have three children who graduated from IPS schools and my wife Cassandra is a proud graduate of Shortridge High School.
CoEd Cross Country
Mr. Jason Katner
There were two great coaching influences In my life. My Father, AllenKatner, helped establish youth soccer in communities across Indiana. He was the driving force behind Dynamo Football Club of Indianapolis, and he set the standard for educating young soccer players. He was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame for his many contributions to the game and his adopted home. I began coaching at Dynamo after playing soccer at the College of William and Mary, and spent 25 years Coaching at the club I grew up playing in. It was a joy to be able to add to my Father’s legacy, and his passion for educating players inspired me to complete my U.S. Soccer Federation “A” License. I played for another Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Little, during his very first Head Coaching campaign at North Central High School. He later invited me into his staff as an Assistant Coach where I had the privilege of helping lay the foundation for four consecutive IHSAA State Championships. Coach Little set the standard for high school soccer excellence, and I was fortunate to have been a part of that amazing run of form. I’m excited to be coaching high school soccer once again, and I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with our players and families to continue to grow soccer at Shortridge.
Mr. Jovan McCray
I was born in Richmond, Virginia and I have my BS from Marion University Indianapolis, Indiana. I previously coached a variety of high school and college athletics. I was the former coach for 2 HBCU All American athletes. I have held roles as Line Backers Coach of Virginia State, Grad Assistant at UVA, Def. Coordinator at Shortridge, and most recently was the Head Track and Wrestling coach of Crispus Attucks High School.
I am a former All Region Wrestling Team member, Leadership Award Winner, and current member of IHSAA. I still have a large family in Virginia, and I enjoy visiting them and doing cross-fit in my spare time.
Dr. Randy Cochran
I have coached both boys and girls varsity golf at Shortridge for the past three years. In that time the girls team has won consecutive conference championships, 2013 and 2014. I also ran a Junior Golf Clinic designed to teach golf fundamentals to middle school students interested in learning the game of golf. I reside here in Indianapolis with my wife and child. We look forward to another great season.
Mrs. Katie Ferguson
I have been a volleyball ball coach at the middle school and club level for 7 years, and have been a part of the Shortridge volleyball program for the last two years. This is my first year as the Varsity coach, and I am looking forward to a season of teamwork, growth, and learning!
During the day, I am an English as a New Language teacher at Harshman Middle School in IPS. I moved to Indianapolis in 2013 and have taught and coached ever since!
Mr. Jeff Strange
I am beginning my 25th year coaching high school basketball. I was the Head Boys Coach at
I am beginning my 26th year coaching high school basketball and my second season as the Head Coach at Shortridge. I was the Head Boys Coach at Irvington prep academy for 8 seasons. My teams won 85 games during this period including the Central Christian Holiday Tournament and the Muncie Burris Tournament championships. I have also made coaching stops at Scecina Memorial High School, Arsenal Tech High School and Roncalli High School.
I am a 1991 graduate of Scecina Memorial High School and a 1995 graduate of Franklin College. I received a BA degree in Physical Education and currently teach at Raymond Brandes Elementary School on the south side.
My 7 year old daughter Faith and I currently reside on the southeast side of Indianapolis.
Mrs. Amie Cowell
Coach Cowell has been involved in sports her whole life. She attended Fishers High School and was a three-year letter winner as a member of the girls’ basketball team. During her senior year season, she was named as an All-Conference honorable mention, was the team’s defensive MVP, and was an East/West All-Star. After graduating from high school in 2009, Coach Cowell continued her basketball career at Marian University in Indianapolis.
Coach Cowell was a student assistant during her senior season (5th year) at Marian under former Indiana Miss Basketball and Purdue University standout, Katie Geralds. “Having the opportunity to coach under such a knowledgeable basketball legend really helped me to not only expand my basketball knowledge, but helped me develop as a better person in general”. Coach Cowell was given the opportunity to come back after her senior year at Marian and work under Geralds as an assistant coach.
Coach Cowell graduated from Marian in 2014 with a double major in Management and Finance with a concentration in Human Resources. She also holds her Master’s Degree in Finance and is working towards her elementary teaching license. She currently is a fifth grade teacher in Lawrence Township. She resides in Lawrence with her husband (Anthony) and dog (Sweetie).
Ms. Roseanne Puzzello
I am a physical education teacher at Jonathan Jennings Elementary. I have been active in the sport of cheerleading for the past 15 years. When I’m not teaching or coaching, I enjoy going to concerts, traveling, yoga and spending time with friends and family.
Mr. Jeremy McElroy
I began playing baseball at the age of 5. I went to Noblesville High School and thengraduated from ISU with a music degree. I toured for 10 years before changingcareer paths. I work for Cummins, managing the audiovisual department. I started coaching in 2005 and I am excited to bring Shortridge High School Baseball team to a new level. I reside just blocks from SHS and lives with my wife, Cathy and son Cole and daughter Ella.
Mrs. Marilyn Langston
I began playing tennis with my dad for as long as I can remember. I played varsity doubles and singles all four years at Jasper High School. My best friend and I spent countless summers teaching lessons for the city parks. I enjoy playing every chance I get. I’m excited that my son also has that passion. He played varsity tennis last fall for Shortridge High School as a freshman. I have daughter who enjoys other sports. I also enjoy traveling with my husband and kids, reading, and playing with our two dogs.
Dr. Randy Cochran
After earning a Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana State University in 2004, I went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from University of Massachusetts School of Law (2007). While attending law school, I clerked in The Hague, Netherlands, at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. I have coached both boys and girls varsity golf at Shortridge for the past three years. I reside with my wife and child in Indianapolis, and look forward to teaching the students the game of golf and life lessons.
Track and Field
Mrs. Melody Groothuis
Coach Groothuis (Coach “G”) has been involved in competitive sports most of her life. She started swimming at the age of 9, competing in State, Zone, and National competitions until her junior year of high school. She also began running cross-country and track/field in middle school, going on to compete in 8 state XC and Track/field competitions, earning 3 All-state honors in XC and 1 in Track/field at Martinsville High School. Coach G went on to run Div I XC and Track/field for Columbia University in New York, where she earned a BA in Archaeology. Upon completion of her undergraduate education, Coach G worked for the Indiana Division of Natural Resources as an assistant archaeologist and coached high school XC and Track/field for 6 years as well as YMCA youth swimming. As a former student-athlete, Coach G places high emphasis on academic achievement and works to support all aspects of athlete development. She lives in Irvington on the eastside of Indianapolis with her husband, two kids, and 4 cats. Coach G works in the media center at Shortridge, studies in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Butler University, and enjoys reading, writing poetry, and hiking in her free time.
Mr. Daniel Rasch