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Craig Faulkner

Craig Faulkner
Inducted 2018

After winning four state championships in 20 years as the head baseball coach of his alma mater, Venice High School, Craig Faulkner was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. A leader both on and off the field, he has seen 15 former student-athletes go on to coach at various high schools and colleges, and over 100 players continue their baseball careers in college and the professional ranks.

On top of four state titles, Faulkner has notched 15 20-win seasons, been state runner-up twice, been to the state Final Four seven times and has captured 13 district championships. Five of those seven Final Four trips were consecutive (2012-16), making Venice the first public school in 60 years to accomplish the feat. In two of those years, Faulkner guided his team to a top-five national ranking (No. 2 in 2013, No. 3 in 2015).

Faulkner’s family values have guided him in promoting character, academics and community involvement for his team.  The former LSU baseball player and graduate has overseen two FHSAA Academic Team State Champions (2007, 2015). One impressive feat of Faulkner’s career is the fact that in more than two decades of coaching, he has never been ejected from a game.

Off the field, Faulkner is an author (61 Pregame Motivational Stories) and motivational speaker who speaks at state and national coaching clinics.  As a professional player, he took baseball mission trips to Russia and Taiwan.  As a coach, Faulkner has led baseball mission trips for his players to Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama and Costa Rica.   In addition, the former professional baseball player/coach has served on the FACA Board of Directors and the FHSAA Baseball Coaches Advisory Committee.