HCCSC superintendent finally gets his man: Teagle new hoop coach

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.
Craig Teagle.

With his game face firmly in place, Craig D. Teagle is ready to take the helm as Huntington North High School’s next head basketball coach.

In a special meeting called by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, members voted unanimously to accept Teagle’s hire, spiriting him away from a 17-year career at Jay County High School in Portland.

Trustee Sarah Kyle was absent from the short meeting.

Teagle’s salary will roughly be $85,261, including coaching fees, summer camps and coordinating the corporation’s basketball program.

Interim Superintendent Ken Kline called Teagle’s hiring a coup, saying he has followed his coaching career for several years.

“I’ve tried more than one time to get him to come over, and hire him,” Kline told the board. “I don’t apologize for being a poor loser. I’m a much better winner – so everything I did is going to bring some of that back to us as well, and I’m excited.”

The atmosphere was nothing short of jubilant, especially given Teagle’s record, leading the Jay County Patriots to 14 winning seasons in a row.

“I’m so glad you persisted and got him to come,” Board President Scott Hoffman told Kline.

Teagle led the Patriots to three sectional championships and a state runner-up title in 2005-06. He also won two sectionals at other schools. His overall coaching record is 326-190, winning more than 70 percent of his games at Jay County alone, where his record was 250-137. He was also named Ball State University’s Alumnus Coach of the Year in 2005-06 and again in 2012-13.

“I really believe that he’s one of the finest high school basketball coaches in the state of Indiana,” Kline said. “We’re really fortunate to get someone like him. His integrity is beyond reproach. Not only is he going to win, but he’s going to win with class and integrity.”

Teagle replaces Rob Irwin, who stepped down as the head boys basketball coach to become the athletic director at Greenwood High School. Teagle will also serve as a credit recovery and physical education teacher.

With his wife, Shelley, by his side, Teagle told the board he is excited about the opportunity to coach at HNHS.

“If kids play as hard as Mr. Kline affirmates, we’re going to win games,” he said. “There are a lot of fine young men here and I’ve heard nothing but positives from the former coach and people in the community. I’m excited to hit the ground running.”

The coach will get right to work, beginning today, Monday, July 6, heading up a Vikings' mini camp with summer workouts for players all this week.