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.
Mr. Craig Huljak
I am the Athletic Director of Shortridge High School. Having been with Indianapolis Public Schools for 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to have had roles as a teacher, a youth athletics coordinator, youth coach, high school soccer coach and assistant athletic director. These experiences and education have led me to a role in which I can best facilitate a rewarding experience for our student-athletes, coaches, parents, staff and community. It is an honor to be part of Shortridge High School and to help lead our athletics to a brighter future.
Away from work, I have been married for 12 years. Throughout this time together, we have been blessed with 5 wonderful children. While I do cheer for the Colts, the Irish and the Kentucky Wildcats, Shortridge Athletics is the team that I root for above and beyond all else.
Degrees and Certifications:
BA, Visual Arts Education
MA, Sports and Recreation Management
Assistant Athletic Director
Mr. Tyran Fakes
I am from Plainfield, IN and attended Plainfield High School. After high school I attended UIndy, where I was a member of the football team. I graduated from UIndy in 2011 and 2014, receiving my BS in Business and Sports Administration and MS in Sports Administration. Most recently I was the Athletic Director at Eastwood Middle School. Prior to Eastwood, I worked in college athletics at the Division I and Division II level in Facility and Game Day Operations.
Ms. Jennifer Maxwell
Athletic Coordinator, Girls Swimming and Girls Cross Country
Ms. 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 on the northside 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.
Girls Golf and Girls Tennis
Mr. John Rodriguez
Sports have always been an integral part of my life. After many years coaching volleyball, I’ve shifted my focus to Golf. I coached the last two seasons at Crispus Attuck. My teaching and coaching philosophy has three strong pillars.
1. Love to Care
2. Learn to Focus
3. Improve to Grow
I’m excited to lead the Shortridge High School Golf and Tennis Program. We’ll grow together!
I Teach Spanish at Crispus Attucks High School. My wife, Angi Rodriguez, is a Speech Language Pathologist for New Castle Community Schools. We love to travel and enjoy our four pets (3 dogs: Dexter, Journey, and Mayer and cat Milo).
Boys Cross Country
I am originally from Marion, Illinois but moved to Indianapolis just over a year ago. I started running in 6th grade and found myself to be very talented at it. In high school I ran in state meets and in the national junior Olympics. Moving forward in my running career I signed on with the University of Evansville to run NCAA Division 1 Cross Country and Track & Field. During this time I began coaching at a summer track club for a total of 5 years, during this time coaching I brought 3 athletes to the Junior Olympics. I currently work in healthcare administration and live with my Fiance in a condo on fall creek.
Varsity Girls Soccer
Mrs. Ann Herrera
I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I graduated from Homestead High School then attended The University of Findlay where I received bachelors in both Pure Mathematics and Mathematics Education. After graduating, I moved to Southern California where I taught math, frequented Disneyland, and attended many Dodger games. I moved back to Indiana in 2018 for my husband’s job and have been at Shortridge ever since!
On the soccer side of things, I’ve been playing soccer my whole life. There were very few times in my life where I wasn’t involved in something soccer related. I played all the way through my 4 years at the University of Findlay. I started coaching in 2014 when I coached Varsity Soccer at San Jacinto High School in Southern California. I took a small break from coaching when I moved back to Indiana, but I look forward to being a part of the Girls Soccer program here 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.
Mr. Owen Harrington
I am from Indianapolis. I graduated from Emmerich Manual High School in 2005. I have a BS from Indiana State University. I have been coaching volleyball for 7 years at a middle school level at George Washington Carver #87. I also coach Girls Basketball and Track and Field. I became one of the coaches for IPS’s district middle volleyball team the Trailblazers.
I have two children, both are boys. They also love sports! They play football and basketball, as well as wrestle. I had the pleasure of being their Team Mom during their time in youth league football.
I love music (I absolutely love Beyonce), dancing, watching my favorite tv shows, and reading books. I enjoy being around family and friends. I am very excited to be coaching at Shortridge. My goal is to help these young ladies have fun, learn, and enjoy playing volleyball while getting better each day.
Mr. Donald Yates
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. I attended North Central High School and graduated from Pike High School as a 2 time high school state champion in basketball. I then went on to play DII and NAIA basketball. For the last 6 years I have worked in the Hamilton Southeastern and Lawrence Township school districts as Resource/SpED Instructional assistant and also as a Student Behavior Support Specialist. For the past 3 years, I have coached boys basketball at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis as the JV Head Coach and a varsity assistant coach. Outside of basketball, I have been married for 16 years to my wife Rachel. I also have two sons, Jalen 16 and Jordan 13. In my spare time I like to spend time with family, grill and cook, and watch Michigan Wolverines football.
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.
Miss Dionna Johnson
Hello, my name is Dionna Johnson. I am from East side of Indianapolis, INDIANA. I began my cheerleading career in junior high and through high school. I continued my leadership role in cheerleading at Indiana State University. Also, where I received my dance background by joining Delta Phi Delta Dance Fraternity, Incorporated in April 2020. I began coaching at Crispus Attucks High School back in 2021 where it led me to an opportunity Junior Varsity Head Coach at Lawrence North High School. My career highlights involve 3 Gold ribbons in each category at UCA Camp 2023. I am looking forward to this season as a Blue Devil.
Mr. Ryan Conley
I was raised in Evansville, IN and graduated from North High School. I was a 3 sport letter winner in baseball, wrestling and football. After high school I played JUCO baseball at Spoon River College (IL). My post playing career took me into umpiring baseball. I spent about 18 years rising through the ranks and finally spending my final 5 seasons in the A10 conference. I took a few years off and was then hired as the JV Head Coach of Sheridan High School. I spent 5 years there before accepting my current position with SHS. I currently work as an area field manager for U-Haul of Indiana. I have been married to my wife Angela for 19 years and have 2 daughters.
Girls Track and Field
Ms. Taryn Walker
Coach Walker was born and raised in Indianapolis. She graduated from Cathedral High School and earned a BS at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Coach Walker has been coaching track for the last past 8 years. Starting her coaching journey at John Marshall Middle/High school as head girl’s track coach for 2 years. Then an assistant track coach for Crispus Attucks High School and Northwest Middle School. She joined the Shortridge athletic community as an assistant coach for the girls’ track team specializing in shotput and discus.
Currently working on her Master of Art in Education, Coach Walker enjoys spending time with her family, church, traveling, volunteering for youth organizations and representing her sorority Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.
Mr. Owen Harrington
Owen Harrington is beginning his sixth year as the Varsity Softball Coach at Shortridge.
He’s been coaching softball since 1994, coaching in Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, and Indiana including starting/re-starting softball programs at Miami Country Day School in Miami and at Shortridge HS in Indianapolis.
He has also coached volleyball and women’s soccer at the varsity level and is currently the assistant for women’s golf.
He has a BS in Sport Management from Barry University in Miami, a certificate in Gifted Education from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, and an MS in Sport Management with an emphasis in Athlete Development at the University of Florida.
Over the past 26 years, his teams have won more than 350 softball games and featured 29 All-Conference, 21 All-District/All-Section, 16 All-Region, and 4 All-State softball players. (He’s also lost a whole bunch, but he doesn’t like to talk about that.)
Aside from coaching, he plays piano, collects baseball cards, and plays a ton of Strat-O-Matic Baseball. He enjoys mountain biking with his son Sam, shooting hoops with his son Pete, playing trucks with his 4-year-old, Thomas, and hanging out on the porch with his wife, Kate.
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!
Mrs. Cindy Williams
Mr. Noah Allen
My name is Noah Allen, and I am the Varsity Boys Volleyball Head Coach for your Shortridge Blue Devils!
I have been with IPS for two years thus far and eager to continue my education and athletic journey for years to come! I currently work at IPS 87. I have coached several sports at the middle school level and now excited to tackle sports at the High School level.
I am a graduate of HCC in Henderson, KY and a current student at WKU to complete my BS.
Outside of work I am an avid North Carolina Tarheel fan, newly engaged and quite the sports junkie!
Go Blue Devils!
Girls and Boys Bowling
Coach Gilbert was born and presently lives here is Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Shortridge High School and attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana obtaining a BA Degree in Sociology, Minor in Business and Spanish, with post graduate courses in Recreational Management. My professional career has included the Professional Bowlers Tour and working in the bowling Industry for Brunswick Corporation in Baltimore, MD., and New York City. Here in Indianapolis I have been involved with a VA program through Royal Pin Leisure Centers Coaching veterans of our military branches. Currently, I hold a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Bronze level Certification for Coaching.