The State Fair Roadrunners have an new assistant coach.
Adam Short joins Kevin Thomas’ staff for the 2015-16 season. Short joins the staff following the departure of Josh Sash, who is heading to Indian Hills.
Short is from Schererville, Ind., just outside of Chicago, a part of Indiana that Short said produces “a lot of rugged, a lot of skilled athletes, a lot of kids that take pride in their basketball. I might be a little biased, but I think Northwest Indiana, the Chicagoland area, has some of the best basketball in the whole country.”
Thomas hopes other players from the Chicago area will want to come to State Fair to play for a team with Short on the staff.
“He’s a guy that’s pretty well connected up in Chicago and can bring some recruiting ties that we don’t have,” Thomas said. “Hopefully we’ll see some more Chicago flavor to our roster the next few years. He’s going to do a good job.”
Short played JuCo basketball nearby at Joliet Junior College before beginning his coaching career at Avila, first as a student assistant and later as a graduate assistant. He spent a year at Cowley College before becoming an assistant at SFCC’s Region 16 rival MSU-West Plains.
“He knows what we need to win at this level and win in our league and familiar with the other coaches in our region as well,” Thomas said.
He also has spent four years with the MoKan Elite Youth Basketball League out of Kansas City. He said that opportunity allowed him to “just being around student athletes, high quality kids, high quality athletes. It allows me to run my own program very similar to how you do in a college program.”
“You know what kind of players you have to bring in to compete,” Short said. “I think the number was the last two years 17 high major players who came out of this region. You have to bring in some players or if you don’t, you’re going to be in last place in the region.”