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Dean ShortAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('02)
Start Date: Mar 2004
Dean Short begins his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Liberty men's soccer program. He assists in all aspects of program including recruiting, scouting, practice instruction, goalkeeper coaching and game strategy.
With his assistance, the Flames climbed to new heights in 2007, capturing their first Big South Championship. A goalkeeper during his playing days, Short's work with freshman keeper Paul Gilbert paid dividends, as the first-year keeper went on to post eight shutouts and a 1.08 goals-against-average in earning Big South Freshman of the Year honors.
"Dean has been a great mentor for the players spiritually and has done a good job in the development of our goalkeepers and field players," states head coach Jeff Alder. "He is a huge asset to our program."
Short, a 2002 Liberty graduate, was a four-year starter in goal for the Flames, completing his career with a 35-22-4 record. He also posted a 1.12 goals-against-average and recorded 19 shutouts during his time at Liberty. Both marks rank third all-time in program history.
Short earned Big South all-conference first-team honors three straight seasons (1999-2001), one of only three Flames in program history to do so. In addition, he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region team in 1999 and 2000.
In the summer of 2005, Short earned a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma. He assists each summer with several camps.
Before coming to Liberty, Short spent the fall of 2002 as an assistant coach at Haverling Central High School in Bath, N.Y. While in 2003, he played for the Charlotte Eagles in the A-League.
Short graduated from Liberty with a degree in elementary education. Short and his wife, Kristie, reside in Lynchburg.