School: Weddington High
Position: Head coach boys lacrosse team
Notable: Short was an assistant lacrosse coach at Marvin Ridge the past two seasons. … Short played lacrosse in high school and at Auburn University. … Short’s father, James, played football at Auburn.
Britton Short figured he was a long shot when he applied to become the next boys’ lacrosse coach at Weddington High School last July.
Short had two years of high school coaching experience under his belt in the Southern Carolina Conference as an assistant varsity coach and the head junior varsity coach at rival Marvin Ridge High School. Short’s resume also includes playing lacrosse in high school and in college, coaching a traveling team and volunteering at a high school in Alabama
But Weddington was coming off winning the 2017 Class 1A-3A State Championships and the list of coaches looking to be the Warriors next coach was sure to be long.
“More than anything else, I threw my hat in the ring to just get some experience interviewing for that position,” Short said. “I have always known that my end goal was always to be able to lead a varsity program.”
Short’s interview went very well and the former Auburn University lacrosse player was named the Warriors’ lacrosse coach on August 3.
Short knows expectations will be high but he said he is excited about the chance to coach one of the state’s top programs. Weddington finished the 2017 season with a 19-1 record and they finished the season ranked No. 27 nationally by MaxPreps.com.
“I’m excited about the challenge,” Short said. “I definitely think it is a challenge and I don’t think the expectations can be any higher than they are right now. But I live for that. I embrace those expectations and I have those expectations. I know how good a program Weddington has because I coached against them the last two years.
“A lot of the guys I am coaching now, I had the privilege of coaching against. I know how talented we are, and that was another positive when I interviewed for the job. While I didn’t know them personally, I knew the (Weddington) players from a talent perspective.”
Short was an assistant junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Marvin Ridge when the Mavericks won the 2016 state championship. Last season, Short was the head junior varsity lacrosse coach for the Mavericks while also assisting with the varsity.
Graduation hit Weddington hard but the cupboard is far from bare as the Warriors return several players with experience.
“I’m excited and I have had a lot of support from the administration, to the players I am working with in the offseason, to the parents,” Short said. “The outlook is really, really positive right now.”