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.
Boys Cross Country and Boys Golf
LTC Ron Crane
Born and raised in Sullivan County Indiana, I became an Indianapolis resident in 1991. My coaching experience began as the Freshman Baseball coach at Arsenal Technical High School. I completed my B.S. in Secondary Education in 1995 and started teaching and coaching at Emmerich Manual High School with the Freshman Football, Varsity Special Teams, and Assistant Track positions. During that period I was accepted into Indiana University’s Master Degree Program in Educational Leadership and Indiana State University’s Master Degree program in Special Education Severe Disorders.
It was a privilege to be the head JV Football And head Boy’s Track coach at Manual the same year I went on Active Duty in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and deployed for 12 months to Afghanistan for Enduring Freedom. While on active duty I earned my Masters Degree in Homeland Security. I retried from the Army in 2017. I had the great fortune to return to teaching and coaching within Indianapolis Public Schools at Wendell Phillips Elementary, Arlington High School and currently, proudly serving, as a Shortridge Blue Devil.
Varsity Girls Soccer
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.
Football and Boys Track & Field
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.
Miss Rebecca Mimms
Mr. Drew Fountain
Drew Fountain is excited to start his first year as the Blue Devils Head Boys’ Basketball Coach and Special Education Inclusion Teacher in the 2020-2021 school year. Coach Fountain is a proud native of Gary, IN where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of Horace Mann High School. After High School, Coach Fountain attended Indiana State University where he earned a B.A. in Recreational Sports Management. He then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University.
Coach Fountain is coming to Shortridge from Fishers High School where he has had the opportunity to teach and coach for the past nine years. In the classroom, Coach Fountain spent five years as an Instructional Assistant and four years as an Exceptional Learner Resource Teacher. On the court, Coach Fountain served in many roles over his nine-year tenure including Head Freshman Coach, Head JV Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach.
Before moving to Indianapolis, Coach Fountain spent three years coaching on the college level as a Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, IN (formerly known as Purdue University Calumet). He also spent one season at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, IN.
Coach Fountain has been married for 10 years to his wife Jennifer and they have two beautiful children; Kaiden is 14 and Kamden is 4. In his spare time, Coach Fountain enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, playing ping pong and watching Coach K. and the Duke Blue Devils on TV. Fun fact, Coach Fountain visited Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University on his honeymoon.
While at Shortridge, I hope to be able to add value to the Blue Devil culture, instill confidence, character and tradition in our Shortridge students, and build a well-respected, elite basketball program that produces successful young men both on and off the court. I want to build meaningful, and genuine relationships and learn as much as I can from our students, players, teaching staff and community.
Ms. Jes Wright
Coach Jes is starting her first year as Head Coach for the Lady Blue Devils Girls’ Basketball program. Relocating to Indiana at the age of 7, Coach Jes passion for basketball immediately started to grow. At Cathedral High School, Coach Jes helped lead her team to back to back State Championships. After High School, Coach Jes attended Lynn University where she received a B.S. in Sports and Recreation Management. She then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from Western Governors University. Coach Jes currently serves as the P.E. Teacher at Pleasant Run Elementary.
On the court, Coach Jes is coming to Shortridge from Cathedral High School and Lawrence North High School. During her time in those programs she served as the Head Freshman Coach, Head JV coach and Varsity Assistant Coach. Coach Jes is the Director of Operations for the All Indy Belles, a travel AAU basketball program for girls grades 3rd – 8th. She is also the Founder of For the Wild Child, a sports and mentoring program which is comprised of young women 14 and under who are committed to building individual confidence, sportsmanship, self-esteem and leadership skills.
Coach Jes enjoys listening to music, reading books, watching movies, taking naps with her dog Trail, and putting together puzzles. The most challenging puzzle she ever solved, was the Rubik’s Cube. Coach Jes loves the outdoors and attended Wilderness Survival school, so she is always up for an adventure that includes hiking and/or camping.
Mrs. Chastity Brooks-Deaton
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.
Girls Track and Field
I am a member of Gary Roosevelts 1984. 85 and 86 State Championship Track Teams and a member of AAU Steel City National Championship team winning the 400 meter relay, the 4 by 100 meter relay and 400 meter dash. I attended Indiana State University graduating in 1991 with a degree in Criminal Justice. I am a 25 year veteran of the Indianapolis School Police Department holding the rank of Patrol Sergeant and a 16 year veteran of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department serving on the Specialized bike unit. I am going into my 6th year coaching track at Shortridge High School and my 4th year serving as Head Coach.
Girls Swimming and Girls Cross Country
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.
Varsity Boys Soccer
Mr. Rory Priest
Born and raised in Indianapolis, I attended University High School of Indiana (Carmel) and then graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a B.A. in Sports Communication. For the past 3 years, I have worked as a Deputy Fire Marshal and Public Educator for the Indianapolis Fire Department. With IFD, my main goal is to educate the general population about fire and life safety.
My entire life I have spent around soccer. Most of my love for the game comes from my father, Wes Priest, who played soccer for Indiana University and won an NCAA championship with the program in 1988. My dad would go on to serve as coach of numerous youth teams , director of coaching, and eventually a board member all with Dynamo FC (Indianapolis). It was my time spent playing at Dynamo FC and in high school that I really cultivated a love for the game. I have coached numerous age groups at the club and high school levels. I spent 4 years as the women’s soccer assistant/head coach at University High School and have worked as an assistant/JV coach at Shortridge High School for 2 years. I’m so excited to continue to help our program grow and truly believe we have one of the finest coaching staffs in the state!