The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 24, 2014

Webb City girls basketball coach Brad Shorter resigns

Brad Shorter, who directed the Webb City girls basketball team to one state championship, two runners-up and a third-place finish, has resigned after six seasons.

“I’ve been discussing it with my family,” Shorter said Wednesday night. “I started my master’s program at the beginning of this year. I wanted to focus a little more on that.

“I certainly enjoyed it. I loved every minute of it, but it was five or six nights a week that I wasn’t at home. It gives me more of an opportunity to be at home with my wife and kids. Being a head coach is very consuming. I’m not opposed to doing it again someday. Just for now, I’m going to try and take a step back and a deep breath.”

Brad and his wife, Alicia, have a 9-year-old daughter, Hali, and a 5-year-old son, Maddox.

Shorter said he is going to remain a teacher in the Webb City school district.

The Cardinals enjoyed a 147-33 record in the six seasons under Shorter. Webb City won the Class 4 state championship in 2010, finished second in Class 4 during the 2009 and 2013 seasons and was third in Class 5 in 2011.

Webb City finished this past season with a 23-5 record after falling to Republic 64-47 in the Class 4 sectionals.

Shorter said he enjoyed the success, but having a positive impact on his players was his favorite part.

“The thing I’m most proud of was getting a text or letters from kids after a game or after the season,” he said. “Having kids come back and visit after graduating is rewarding. Being able to reach different kids is the best part.”

Before coaching at Webb City, Shorter coached three years at Carl Junction and for three years at his alma mater, Lockwood. He has a 257-89 record in 12 seasons as a head coach.

Shorter earned his bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State in 2000, and was a third-team NCAA Division II All-American as a catcher for the Gorillas in 1998.

“I’m certainly going to miss the kids,” Shorter said. “I think they will do a lot of great things next year.

“I’ve always said that if I ever leave a job that I want to leave it in a good position. And I think the program is in a good position.”

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