The Journey Part 1 – Coach Adam Short
After a crazy and busy summer of recruiting and MOKAN, school starts in exactly 8 days. Coach Thomas and I are very excited to get our guys here on campus at State Fair. As one season is about to start, another season just finished. MOKAN as an organization had a GREAT spring/summer session. The 17 EYBL team won the Peach Jam, the 14U Elite team qualified for the Peach Jam and my 17 U Second team went 31-6. We had some really big wins over quality organizations including Team Penny, Arkansas Wings, Kingdom Hoops, D1 Texas Ambassadors, Indy Spiece, and many other great groups. I loved coaching my team. They really battled and competed. They did a good job or running our Dribble Drive Motion Offense and executed our Sets in the Half Court. We really played like a College Basketball team. It bothers me when I see different coaches, parents, or spectators use the term “AAU Ball” when describing bad basketball. Don’t get me wrong, there is some terrible basketball on the AAU circuit. There are some programs that don’t teach defense and have no structure on offense. After watching their game, one can’t determine what the makeup of the team is. Spectators don’t know what offense they are running or what defense they are in. That makes for some bad basketball. However, to categorize ALL bad basketball as “AAU Ball” is really unfair. There are plenty of bad coaches at the High School, College and Professional level. There are some cases that a player hasn’t really been taught the game of basketball until they play for a particular grassroots program! I encourage anyone who has a negative perspective of grassroots basketball to go watch a quality program practice or play. I bet their perspective will change.
As I stated earlier, our guys will be arriving to State Fair in 7 days. Coach Thomas and I like our group! We have three sophomore point guards that add some leadership to our team. Even though you are never technically “old” at this level, it is nice having guys that have already played college basketball. We have two formers NBA stars sons on our team which is pretty cool. On paper, we like our group. Region 16 will be loaded again. It is going to be a dogfight like every single year. This is my third year in this region. With only eight region games, it makes the games that much more important (Not taking anything away from any other Region). The Region 16 title will come down to which team buys in competes every single night. Moberly is the reigning champ, so the title goes through Moberly. I look forward to coaching against great coaches. You have to raise your coaching game to another level. We play Indian Hills, Iowa Western and Southeastern Iowa twice as well. That makes for a difficult non region schedule. I feel JUCO basketball like AAU, get a bad reputation. I would encourage people to come watch State Fair play any of these quality teams, they would walk away having seen some good basketball.
This is going to be my first post of many. I will be posting throughout the year talking State Fair basketball and anything else basketball. I don’t claim to be or never will I claim I have all the answers when it comes to basketball. There are great coaches everywhere that have excellent opinions and views when it comes to basketball. Many of those coaches I have tons of respect for. All I ask on anything I post to please respect it. It might not be right, it is just how I feel or my outlook a particular subject. Thanks and good luck to all the coaches out there whose kids are already on campus or that will be arriving this week. The grind is really about to start!
COACH ADAM SHORT – Assistant Coach, State Fair CC
Coach Short brings an impressive resume filled with collegiate basketball experience as well as experience at the youth level. He spent the 2014-2015 season at Missouri State University-West Plains where he served as an assistant basketball coach. During the 2013-2014 season Short served as assistant coach at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas.
Short was heavily involved in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) MOKAN organization. He served as the head of the coaching program, where he developed youth coaches within the MOKAN organization. He created, filmed and taught drills within the system. Short scouted opponents for the EYBL MOKAN team and served as an assistant coach for the under 16 Elite MOKAN team.
Short began his coaching career as a student graduate assistant at Avila University in 2010-2011. He assisted with creating practice plans and scouting reports, breaking down film and developing post players’ skills.
As a student at Avila, Short appeared in three straight conference tournaments. He helped lead the team to an 18-12 record during the 2011-2012 season, which was their best record in more than 10 years and resulted in the opportunity to host a first round conference tournament game. While playing at Avila, he accumulated 1,000 points and was named All-Conference player.
The Schererville, Indiana, native began his playing career at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. During his sophomore campaign, the team finished as the national runner-up.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Writing in May 2011 and a master’s degree from Avila in Organizational Development in June 2013. Short resides in Sedalia.