July 14, 2010
"I am thrilled to have Tucker join our coaching staff," Bauer said. "As our recruiting coordinator, he has hit the ground running and has already been instrumental in securing 2011 prospects His enthusiasm for the sport is infectious and we are looking forward to having a male figure in the gym. Tucker will bring technical volleyball expertise from many different areas including the sport of men's volleyball."
Short comes to Coastal Carolina after being on staff of the prestigious TCA Club Volleyball in California.
Prior to his time in California, Short spent four years as an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo. He served as the program's recruiting coordinator and primary setter coach and was in charge of scouting opponents and tape exchange.
A native of Brockport, N.Y., Short came to UB from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., where he was a four-year letterwinner from 2000-03 and served as the women's junior varsity head coach and men's varsity graduate assistant coach in 2004.
Following his collegiate playing career, Short began his collegiate coaching career at North Carolina where he was a volunteer assistant coach with the women's volleyball team in 2003. Short assisted with on-court training, film breakdown, scouting and on-campus recruiting for the Tar Heels before returning to his alma mater the following season where he served as the women's junior varsity head coach and men's graduate assistant coach. He was responsible for practice planning, on-court training, scouting and match preparation. Short also served as a head coach for two years with the Rochester Volleyball Club (15-and-under and 16-and-under boys), and has experience working at numerous summer camps and clinics throughout the East coast.
Short was a three-year team captain and a standout setter at Springfield where he led his team to three straight Division III national championship titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003. He graduated as the school's all-time career leader in assists (4,728), and his 12.88 assists per game are second all-time at Springfield. Short also amassed 434 digs, 69 service aces, 178 block assists and 188 total blocks in 367 games during his career. Short was an Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Division III first-team honoree in 2003 and a second-team selection in 2000 and 2002. He was also named to the Division III Championship All-Tournament Team in 2000 and 2003.
Short received his bachelor's degree in physical education at Springfield College in 2003. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).