Craig Bere is in his second year as an assistant coach on the University of Louisville volleyball staff. Prior to joining the Cardinals, the Louisville native spent three seasons on the LSU volleyball staff.
"Craig has been a very good fit for us," said U of L head coach Leonid Yelin. "He is a calm, poised and experienced coach. He is a proven recruiter and every team he has coached has improved absolutely under his direction and benefited from his recruiting decisions."
At LSU, Bere was involved in practice planning, recruiting and game strategy. On the court, he handled the Tiger setters. In 2005, he helped guide LSU to the first SEC Western Division championship in school history and its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1992. The Tigers posted the fourth best hitting percentage in the SEC, while the LSU setting duo of Daniela Romero and Heather Fierce both ranked in the Top 10 in the league in assists per game.
As head coach at the University of Southern Indiana from 2002-03, Bere led the Screaming Eagles to one Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament title and to within three points of a second consecutive championship and bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. He guided setter Kim Boehmer to honorable mention All-America honors, the first player in USI history to earn the honor, after she was named to the 2002 and 2003 All-GLVC first team. Kristi Kavanaugh was also named a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American under his helm.
In 2002, Bere led the Screaming Eagles to their first bid in the NCAA Division II Tournament and first tournament win after winning the GLVC Tournament crown. Despite just two seasons at Southern Indiana, he was the third winningest head coach in the program's 24-year history, posting a 47-17 (.734) record.
Prior to taking the job at USI, Bere was an assistant coach at Mississippi State from 1997-2002. He served as the coordinator of the Bulldog defense and worked closely with MSU's outside hitters on the court. Bere coordinated MSU's recruiting efforts and handled additional administrative duties off the court.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Bere was a standout four-sport letterman at Doss High School, competing in football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. He attended Morehead State University, where he was a three-year letterwinner on the Eagle football team and became a member of the men's volleyball club team, leading to his career as a volleyball coach. He joined Morehead's varsity women's volleyball coaching staff in 1993 as a student assistant. He was appointed to a full-time assistant coach's position in 1994, first as an undergraduate and then as a graduate student.
While Bere was on the Morehead State staff, the Eagles claimed regular season Ohio Valley Conference runner-up honors, captured the OVC Tournament title, and advanced to the 1993 National Invitational Volleyball Classic. In 1995 Morehead State marched to the finals of the OVC Tournament, taking runner-up honors.
A member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Bere has served as a camp instructor in summer volleyball camps in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Michigan.
He earned a bachelor's degree in health in 1995 from Morehead State before receiving his master's degree in health, physical education, and recreation in 1997. He and his wife Shannon, have a son, Blake.