SIUE has selected a coach from the University of Central Missouri to become basketball program director.
Adam Short previously served as the assistant basketball coach at Central Missouri and an assistant with State Fair Community College.
Short said he heard about the job opening from Men’s Basketball Head Coach Brian Barone. Barone said he got to know Short in the coaching circles while he was coaching at the community college and had recruited some of his players, and came to respect a lot about him.
“I’ve had a relationship with Coach Barone for the last seven years. He’s somebody that [I’ve] considered a mentor, somebody that I would ask advice for,” Short said. “When the job opened up, he called me about the position to see if I was interested, and I was.”
Short said he was interested in the job because he believes in the program Barone has built at SIUE.
“Since he’s taken over, he’s done a great job building the culture and then bringing really good basketball players here to SIUE,” Short said. “I think it’s a great university too, big campus, great location, so everything about it was reason for interest.”
Barone said Short was chosen because he had a passion to improve, and he thought Short would bring enthusiasm, basketball knowledge and a hard working mentality.
“He’s a hard worker. He’s willing to learn, he’s willing to put himself out there on a day-to-day and get better so I think he’s a great addition to our staff,” Barone said.
Short said his duties will include scheduling, budgeting and making sure the players are ready to practice. He said his experience at SIUE has been great so far.
“I made the right decision. It’s a good family atmosphere,” Short said. “[I’m] looking forward to the season, it’s going to be here before we know it.”
Trevor Mathews, a student assistant at University of Central Missouri, said he worked with Short on day-to-day operations for the basketball team such as practice, team travel and team meals on the road.
“Coach Short is phenomenal to work with. Not only is he a great coach but he is a great person. He has helped me out so much, he’s answered every question I had,” Mathews said. “Coach Short just brings that energy to the program that is just contagious and he’s one of the people that his hard work reflects onto the players and the people that he’s around.”
Mathews said he’s excited for Short because he’s been wanting to get to the Division I level for a while.
“He’s very deserving of it. Him being at that Division I level is going to be great for him with his work ethic and I have no doubts that he’s going to be a Division I assistant in no time,” Mathews said. “SIUE has a great worker, he’s a great coach.”