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.