The Journey Part 2 – Coach Adam Short
The 2016-2017 school year here at State Fair is underway. Our guys are getting into their daily routine of going to class and study hall. They are building relationships with their fellow teammates, classmates and professors. Also, they are building relationships with Coach Thomas and I. We started individual workouts, weights and conditioning this week. Like every student athlete the first week of workouts is always the toughest. Our guys are complaining how sore and tired they are. For some of our players, this is the first time they have really been pushed to not only compete on the court but in the weight room as well. With this daily routine being new to so many players not only our team but in JUCO programs all over the county, it is sometimes overwhelming for a player. This is why I believe many kids don’t make it at the JUCO level. Pretty much every JUCO roster across the country is filled with potential Division 1 players. Whether it is a Division 1 transfer, a player that didn’t qualify, a player that was under recruited, or a player who physically isn’t ready for the next level right now they can play at the next level. After being developed at a quality JUCO they are a Division 1 player. What separates a player from reaching his goal of playing at a Division 1 program is the day to day sacrifice. At one time or another, players at the JUCO level have been recruited to a Division 1 program. Whether the Division 1 coach has contacted the player directly or through their AAU or High school coach, the player has been on the Division 1 coach’s radar. As a result, the player comes to the JUCO level thinking they are already a Division 1 player. In their mind, they think they have “arrived” already and they don’t work each and every day to get better. The student athlete couldn’t be more naïve. The player does not understand they were only a prospect. They don’t see their time at their JUCO as a GREAT opportunity to develop. They think they can “buy” their time for one or two years and play Division 1 basketball. That is the farthest thing from the truth. Their teammates like themselves want to play at the next level as well. If they don’t battle and compete every day, they will not get better. They will remain the same and they will get passed. First and foremost, players at the JUCO level need to develop study skills and find out what type of learners they are. I can’t speak for every JUCO in the country but our College Skills class helps our student athlete develop study skills. JUCO players need to understand the important of graduating in May from their JUCO. This allow the student athlete to learn the strength program, individual workouts, offense and defense principles, teammates, and coaching staff at their Division 1 program. Not graduating in May will cause the JUCO player to behind their teammates once they arrive on campus. Also, many kids at the JUCO level ignore the weight room. They don’t see the value in it. The student athlete can take their year or two to really transform their body. Whether that is putting on muscle or losing weight, the weight room can change a player’s game totally. I know most JUCOs don’t have a strength and conditioning coach like the Division 1 level, but putting in hard work in the weight room is better than nothing. Buying into the weight room at the JUCO level will allow them to compete at the next level as soon as they step foot on campus. As you know, if you don’t take lifting serious at the JUCO level then all of a sudden they go full throttle at the next level which is required to be successful, it can throw your entire game off and alter your confidence. Finally, JUCO players need to be students of the games and apply what they see on TV to their individual workouts and game play. Let me say this, I wish I had access to all the basketball workouts there are today. The internet is a great thing when it comes to providing basketball games and workouts. Kids today are always on their phone snap chatting or on Instagram, they need to use their phone finding out workouts and watch games. I have been in the level for three years and I have had only one player work out full speed by themselves. Too many players need their coach to “train” them to work hard. Whatever happened to making 250 “One Dribble” pullups and 250 “Catch and Shoots” full speed by yourself? If players really want to make it to the Division 1 level, they need to put in work by themselves sometimes. The JUCO level can be a life changer for many student athletes. JUCO coaches have an opportunity to take kids and help transform them into young men on and off the court. Wins and losses are important, I get that. However, I think developing a player at your JUCO that goes to the next level and produces is just as or maybe even more important. How do you do that? By making an emphasis on the day to day work; make a culture of “each day”. Get better and compete EACH DAY! I know it’s easier said than done. If you have that as your pedigree, in my eyes, you have a GREAT Juco program.
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.