Craig Case

Email: craig.case@tamuc.edu

Craig Case is in his third season at the helm of the Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball program.

Under Case’s guidance in 2012 the Lions reached the 20-win mark for only the 2nd time in a decade.  The team started the season with a 9-1 record nothing it amongst the best starts in program history.  For the season 15 of the Lions’ 20 wins came in straight sets.  Four Lions earned LSC accolades highlighted by Rachel Robertson earning LSC Offensive Player of the Year honors.  In addition Robertson added 1st team LSC honors.  Junior Setter Jordan Neal earned second team LSC honors while Sophomore Breanne Snyder earned LSC Honorable Mention honors.  Junior Kayla Bond and Robertson were named to the LSC All-Academic team.  During the 20-11 season Coach Case earned his 100th career win.

In 2011 a pair of Lions earned All-Lone Star Conference accolades in 2011, with middle blocker Rachel Robertson being named to the first team and setter Jordan Neal picking up second team honors. Robertson and fellow middle blocker Kayla Bond were also selected as Capital One first team Academic All-District IV selections for their success in the classroom.  Robertson was also named Female Athlete of the Year for the A&M-Commerce athletic department.

Case made a strong impact in his first season in Commerce, leading the Lions to a 14-15 record, including a 7-6 mark at the Fieldhouse as A&M-Commerce finished the year strong, winning six of its final nine matches. He saw a pair of his players go on to receive Lone Star Conference postseason honors, as Jordan Neal and Rachel Robertson both were recognized with All-LSC second team honors.

Case came to A&M-Commerce with an extensive volleyball coaching career, including the last four seasons at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota. In addition to serving as the head volleyball coach, he also served as an instructor and as the school’s sports information director. He guided the Vikings to its first winning season in nearly a decade and currently ranks second all-time in career wins in the program.

At VCSU, Case coached the athletic department’s first-ever, first-team female All-American, two academic All-Americans, an AVCA/NAIA Regional Player of the Year as well as multiple players, who earned conference recognition from the Dakota Athletic Conference. Among the recognition were two DAC Liberos of the Year and a DAC Player of the Year. Twice, his team was recognized by the NAIA as Champions of Character and was recognized by the AVCA for its academic success. Concurrently, he was also involved as the founder and director of the Valley City Juniors Volleyball Club.

Case served as the head volleyball coach at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma as they restarted their volleyball program in 2005. Despite having only a month to compile a team, Case had a player earn all-Sooner Athletic Conference honors.  In addition, he served as the interim Director of Athletics from October until May while the university selected permanent leadership.

Prior to that, he served for three seasons as an assistant coach and assistant in the athletic development office at Northern State University, where he directed two all-region performers and five all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selections, a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Libero of the Year and the team earned academic honors from the AVCA all three years.

He has been active with volleyball camps ranging from remedial developmental to elite performance camps. He has served as a speaker at the North Dakota, South Dakota and the Oklahoma Volleyball Coaches Association clinics.  In 2012 Case was selected to be an assistant coach for the North Texas Region High Performance program which competed in a national tourney in Des Moines, IA.  The select team was comprised of players throughout the North Texas region of USAV.

Case received his bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in 1999 and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Lawrence University and received his Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education, Health and Coaching at Northern State University.  He is also IMPACT and CAP I certified through USAV.