Short resigns as women's golf coach effective Dec. 31

Successful leader responsible for building Blue Raider program

December 9, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro has announced women's golf coach Rachael Short has resigned from the position after six-plus seasons, effective Dec. 31, to pursue other interests in the golf profession.

Short, 30, is the program's second coach all-time but she has led the Blue Raiders into 63 of the 68 tournaments they have played since the program's inception in 2001-02. Short was hired in December, 2001 following the fall semester and has led a highly-competitive program during a building process.

"Rachael Short has done a great job with our women's golf program and she has built it the right way," Massaro said. "She has developed players on the course and she has recruited players who have proven to be competitive on the course and strong academically in the classroom. We appreciate everything she has meant to Middle Tennessee but understand why she needed to make this decision now."

Short will be working as an assistant pro at Red Rocks Country Club in Morrison, Colo., where she primarily will work with juniors and female golfers, and the move allows her to be closer with her fiancé, Jim Krueger, who is in the Army and stationed there.

"It is one of those decisions that you don't want to make but you know it has to be done," Short said. "I want Middle Tennessee to know how blessed I am to start my coaching career here and I have enjoyed getting to know the coaches, staff, and everyone here. I will miss the people I have associated with but it is those people who have made me into the person I am today.

"I want to thank (former athletics director) Boots Donnelly for believing in me and giving me the chance to coach the women's golf program at Middle Tennessee and beginning my career, and I have enjoyed working with Chris Massaro these last 2-1/2 years. The leadership of (former men's golf coach Johnny) Moore has meant a lot to my development as a coach."

Short said the timing of the decision added to the difficulty with the spring season on the horizon, but she also said she couldn't pass on the opportunity.

"The head pro, Steve Patterson, gave me a great opportunity that will allow me to pursue teaching and will also allow me to move to Colorado and be closer to my fiancé, who is in the military and located there," Short said. "The most difficult thing has definitely been telling these girls and knowing there will be a change for them at mid-season. It's a decision where I am tied emotionally to these girls and I want to see them do well and know they are in good hands, but, at the same time, I do have to look at my future and what lies ahead."

Short took over as Middle Tennessee's coach in December, 2001 after it had played just one fall season under Coach Kim St. John, and her teams have garnered 43 top five finishes in 63 tournaments, including five tournament championships. She was named the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year after Middle Tennessee turned in nine top five finishes out of 10 tournaments.

Three of Short's players have won a total of seven individual championships, led by Taryn Durham's six titles. Durham become the first Blue Raider to win the Sun Belt Conference golf championship in 2006 and she is a three-time All-Sun Belt performer. Short has developed four All-Sun Belt selections at Middle Tennessee, and Durham became the first Blue Raider to play in the Women's U.S. Open last summer.

"I feel like I am leaving a strong program that should contend throughout the spring and show well at the conference tournament," Short said. "I feel good about the two recruits I have signed for next year. This is an ever-improving golf team and they just keep getting better."

Short played collegiate golf at Alabama from 1995-99 and she won the Tennessee Class AAA state golf championship as a senior at Murfreesboro's Riverdale High School in 1994.

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