Adam Short is entering his first season as an assistant coach at Missouri State University-West Plains. Prior to Missouri State University-West Plains, Coach Short was an assistant men's basketball coach at Cowley College of the Jayhawk Conference in Arkansas City, Kansas. Short began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri from 2011-2013. While beginning his coaching career, he earned a master's degree in Organizational Development in 2013. During that time, the Eagles had their best record in a decade and in 2011 they were first in the nation in three-point shots made per game and third in the nation in three-point percentage. In 2012, Coach Short helped lead the team to first home conference tournament championship game in school history.
He spent the past four years working with MoKan Nike Elite Youth Basketball League out of Kansas City, MO. His job duties consisted of coaching, scouting and breaking down film.
"I am very honored and humbled to get an opportunity to coach at such a great institution like Missouri State University-West Plains. I am excited to work with a high class coaching staff that will help our young men strive for excellence on and off the court."
Short grew up in Schererville, Indiana and was a First-Team All-Conference selection as a senior at Lake Central High School. He went on to attend Joliet (Ill) Junior College and helped the team to a NJCAA Division III national runner-up finish in 2008, while being named First-Team All-Conference and a two-time Region 4 Player of the Week. After Joliet, Short spent his final two years of college basketball playing at Avila University. While there, he scored more than 1,000 points in his career and earned All-Conference honors each year at the school. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in writing.
"I am excited about Coach Short joining our coaching staff. He has great recruiting connections in and out of the state of Missouri and he has already proven to have a great understanding of the game, of what we are looking for in a student-athlete and what it takes to be successful on and off the floor. We are very fortunate to have him at Missouri State-West Plains."