2013 marks the sixth season for Head Coach
Dennis Short and will be a follow up to the most successful season in Tars
history. Finishing the 2012 year with a mark of 15-2, Short continues to
build an impeccable program that has made an impressive impact on the
Division II lacrosse community, producing a 5 All-Americans, the South Region
Midfielder, Defender, and GK or the Year, and making their first appearance in
the NCAA Final Four in just their fifth season.
Short successfully led the inaugural team in
2008 through an series of firsts, writing history along the way for the
program, school, and state of Florida as Rollins became the first ever
collegiate institution in the state to offer both varsity men's and women's lacrosse.
In 2009, Short continued to produce success as he introduced a
team that exploded into the national rankings and finished with an overall
record of 12-3, just narrowly missing out on a bid to a post-season appearance. In 2010 the team went 9-5 and in 2011 13-4,
finishing the season ranked #8 in the country.
Upon joining the Rollins community back in the
team's inception in March of 2007, Short brought 16 years of coaching
experience to Rollins, including 10 years at the Division I level.
Since 2005, he has served as head boy's lacrosse
coach at Ocoee High School in Orlando while also teaching social studies.
Prior to moving to Central Florida, Short was head
women's lacrosse coach at the University at Albany (N.Y.) for four years and
was the program's first ever full-time coach.
Short led the Great Danes to three straight America
East Conference Tournament appearances and coached 11 all-conference players.
He also produced 28 All-America East All-Academic
selections, two America East Women's Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the year
recipients and one Chancellor's Scholar Athlete.
Prior to Albany, Short was first assistant at The
Ohio State University for six seasons and helped the program transition from
club to NCAA Division I status. He coached both offense and goalkeepers for the
Buckeyes, who were ranked among the nation's top 10 in scoring offense in 1999
A native of Chalfont, Pa., Short was an assistant
at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. from 1993-95. In his final season with
the program, the nationally-ranked Bears reached the NCAA Division III
Short has presented13 times at the US Lacrosse
National Convention, the largest educational opportunity for coaches in the
country. He has served on the Executive Committee for the Intercollegiate
Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, a mentor coach with the IWLCA, a member
of the DII All America committee, the US Lacrosse Women's Division National
Tournament Director, USWLA Midwest District President, Chair of the IWLCA's
Growth and Coach of the Year Committees, was the Co-Director of the Albany
Elite Lacrosse Club.
Short is a 1993 graduate of Ursinus where he earned
a B.A. in history with a minor in English.
He is married to wife Chrissy Short, former Women's Tennis Coach at the University
of Albany and her alma mater The Ohio State University. They have a son Bodhi, 3, and reside in
Winter Park, Fla.