Mike Short transferred to West Lee

Tuesday, 5:51 p.m.

Details are still sketchy at this point, but Southern Lee wrestling coach and former offensive coordinator Mike Short was transferred from Southern Lee to West Lee Middle School on Tuesday, sources confirmed.

Short, who teaches physical education, led the Cavaliers’ wrestling program to two state dual team tournament appearances and coached Mike Williams to the 140-pound state championship in 2007. The team has won back-to-back Cape Fear Valley Conference championships, but a source said on Tuesday that Short would not be back to coach the Cavaliers’ wrestling program next season.

Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moss had no comment about the transfer, saying that he does not comment on personnel issues until after he presents them to the board of education. The BOE was scheduled to meet Tuesday evening.

West Lee does have an opening for a head football coach. Short had been the offensive coordinator for the Cavaliers since 2006, helping Southern Lee reach the playoffs in its first two varsity seasons. Under Short’s and former coach Bryan Lee’s direction, the Cavaliers’ wing-T offense generated more than 30 points per game.

Short was dropped from the coaching staff in the winter, however, a few months before first-year coach and Lee replacement Bill Maczko was removed from his duties as head football coach.

Unless the position is frozen, Short’s transfer could also give Southern Lee an open P.E. teaching spot, which could make things easier in hiring a new head football coach, which some rumors suggest could be imminent.

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20 responses to “Mike Short transferred to West Lee

  1. Shoopt

    More bad decisions by our administration at Southern Lee. Lets not only have a poor football program, lets have a poor wrestling progam also.

    • Kim

      It’s obvious that the Southern Lee principal is just making room for the new coach. Not sure though how he can be demoted from coaching wrestling, even with a transfer to West Lee.

      Unless there is a specific reason for his dismissal, he should be able to retain his wrestling spot unless a “more qualified” peson exists.

      However it does make sense that this is just a way for the principal to really stick it to Short. I’ve noticed that the players are far more loyal to Short as is the parents and most other coaches.

      I guess the administration doesn’t want a coach with more pull among boosters than they do.

      Looks like Mike is just on the short end of the stick.

  2. LRubinosky

    What is going on at Southern Lee? Administration hiring bad coaches and getting rid of the great ones! Athletics at Southern Lee is becoming a joke and ruining my sons high school years!

  3. Coach

    The actions and inactions of our school administration continue to astound me. Already are football program is in disarray. The administration took action so slowly the football program is now all but defunct. A solid solution would have been to move Coach Short to the football program where the team would enjoy some continuity. Instead, our sons will endure the pain of new coaches in both the wrestling and football programs. The administration must be bucking for jobs in Washington. How can this be a decision that is good for our children?

  4. C. Wadia

    I encourage the parents and students of Southern Lee to demand an explanation of the shoddy decisions made – the rehire of an individual who abused his students and the abrupt termination of a winning coach, without explanation or solid reasoning. There is an obvious problem at S.Lee and they may get worse, if not already. In truth, I suspect something more at play than the good of the school and students. I would encourage all involved to show their disapproval and mistrust of this situation, as well as their support of a man who has been grossly mistreated.

    • Shoopt

      Who would we send it to? Mr. Tatum said publicly that the board was unaware of the change with Maczko and that the board has not been briefed? So now our elected officials are obviously not involved, I would guess they just want some extra income without having to be involved in decision making. So we are left to an inept school staff to run our school and make unilateral decisions with little or no control. Accountability and responsibility go hand in hand, and parents get neither from (I guess) all avenues they have tried.

  5. Appalled

    I find it astounding that so much emphasis is being placed on athletics and one coach. Wouldn’t it be nice if parents put as much emphasis on their childrens’ education within the classroom as they do on what occurs outside of it?

    • Terry T

      Appalled,

      Athletics and academics go hand in hand. It’s been proven that athletes graduate at a higher rate than non-athletes. They are required to maintain their grades in order to play.

      Parents should want what’s best for their children in the classroom and out of it, for the one’s who play sports, or are in the band or in the drama club.

      There’s more to an education than reading a book or taking a test. So it matters greatly, the character of the person who is charged with educating our children.

      • Appalled

        You are absolutely correct in your statement that character is important and that athletics are important. I even agree that more resides in a child’s education than “reading a book or taking a test.” However, the tenor of many of the comments made about this issue seem to surround the idea that the futures of sons and a school are destroyed because one individual is gone. It takes more to create a successful school as a whole than one coach and an athletic program.

      • Terry T

        Agreed. But for the student athletes who participated in wrestling and football, Coach Short was the overwhelming choice of who they wanted leading them.

        Had the administration made the right choice a year ago, we wouldn’t even be discussing any of this. There would be no drama and we might even have that family feel and environment that we were used to the first three years after the school opened. Southern Lee was different then and the students and parents liked the fact that you could talk to the administration then and it felt like they cared. That feeling is no longer there. It’s back to having a school board yes man in charge who only cares about what it takes to advance his career. No matter what it costs the teachers, parents and students.

        So, if it seems we went a little overboard in our support, it’s only because we were trying to hold on to a piece of what used to make Southern Lee a great place to be.

    • Shoopt

      Appalled, my son was an academic all conference performer in every varsity sport he has played. This was because he played, and if you wish to transition and play at the next level a must. As you seem to understand it goes hand and hand. Southern Lee to my knowledge has not met state standards for education and is the worst performing school academically in the county.
      Almost to a man the Wrestling team qualified for all conference academic honors. I know you did not know that, and in addition this was my sons first year as a wrestler and he was coached to the State Championships in just his first year. So yes one guy can make a difference in the life of a son or daughter and a school.
      I would not worry too much about Mike Short he is a great young man with a ton of talent. There is no doubt Coach Short will be fine, as a matter of fact I think Southern will see him again just on the other bench.
      Too Bad for our kids!

    • inpo4you

      Don’t know who your are, but all I can say to your comment is AMEN….SAY IT AGAIN!!!!!

  6. Shoopt

    Appalled, my son was an academic all conference performer in every varsity sport he has played. This was because he played, and if you wish to transition and play at the next level a must. As you seem to understand it goes hand and hand. Southern Lee to my knowledge has not met state standards for education and is the worst performing school academically in the county.
    Almost to a man the Wrestling team qualified for all conference academic honors. I know you did not know that, and in addition this was my sons first year as a wrestler and he was coached to the State Championships in just his first year. So yes one guy can make a difference in the life of a son or daughter and a school.
    I would not worry too much about Mike Short he is a great young man with a ton of talent. There is no doubt he will be fine, as a matter of fact I think Southern will see him again just on the other bench.
    Too Bad for our kids!

    • Terry T

      While Southern did not meet their AYP goals for the 2007-2008 school year (the latest available) http://ayp.ncpublicschools.org/2008/app/nclb/AypLeaSummary.cgi they did out perform Lee County. Due in part to academically gifted student athletes such as your son. Who, by the way, will be sorely missed on the football team and I wish him the best of luck at Pinecrest. He was our only Division I prospect and it’s a shame to lose him because of the principals antics.

      However, I doubt he will be the only one to move on to another school, where the needs of the students are more of a priority than a personal vendetta by the principal, against a teacher/coach and his supporters.

  7. Busdriver

    I agree with both Terry and ShoopT. I love how so many people can complain as to putting so much emphasis on sports at SLHS. But what else would these young men and women be doing? Working?? Please, as parents, we know it is hard enough to get them to do anything, much less for someone else!
    Coach Short has been a MENTOR first. If you would have attended practices, which I know most people aren’t inclined to do, the way he taught those players, whether it was football or wrestling, was in a way more about how to prepare for life. Not just for the next event. I have personally seen him take several first and second year westlers to state championships. All of these wrestlers have been academic all conference wrestlers.
    If the problem remains that sports are “defeating academics” in our schools…I suggest you ask our BOE, and superintendant if they have participated in any classes on any of our campuses to get a feel for what is being taught and how. Or for that matter, not being taught. Have they attended any other districts that are meeting or exceeding standards to see how things are done there? I think you would find the answer to be no. If I am wrong and they have, then I will graciously admit I am wrong. But I am not wrong in saying they have failed to see all opportunities to develope our students first. That can not and should not fall upon our coaches, except in the classroom. The BOE, superintendant, and principles are to be held responsible for that, and them alone.

  8. mona short

    I have only one thing to say about my son. You all will miss him when he leaves Sanford.

    • BusDriver

      Mona, I, as well as many others, will miss him terribly. We can already feel the pinch of him not being here next year. Several of our kids have asked, in fact, begged to be transferred to other schools. Not only for sports, but they, even at 15, 16, 17, can see and understand that the present administration, superintedant, and BOE, cares less about them, and more about their pride. I, for one, want you to know, he did nothing that would warrant a transfer, much less a “resignation”. I guess that is why when concerned parents call the superintendant, and board members, their phone calls go unanswered. That’s what is so great about this, our “elected officials” do not even have the integrity to return calls. That is democracy at it’s best!

    • Shoopt

      Mona, I’m a big fan of Mike’s. He was the first person I met when we came to Southern. We only stayed as long as he did. I know he will do great and the next school will be happy to get him.
      Mike has played a positive roll in my son’s life thank you.

    • Ruth Kursman

      Mona, I’m so glad you posted on here! I’ve been dying to say something, but was afraid it would turn into a rant and embarrass Mike.

      Mike Short is my son-in-law, and he is a better husband, father, and addition to our family as we had ever hoped for. We love him as though he were our own.

      We are grateful to the people of Sanford who have shown him and his young family support, and hope you realize he loves you, too.

      • BusDriver

        Ruth,
        We all know that Mike loves us and is very appreciative of all that we have tried to do for and with him for the past several years. His family is basically a part of my own as well. Our children play together and want to see each other all the time. I know my kids are tirelessly asking when can they see them again. My middle son absolutely loved wrestling camp this past spring. I know that another school is getting ready to have a MAJOR addition to their staff. Whether it is football, wrestling, or teaching, he is a tremendous mentor that we, unfortunately, are losing.

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