Shorts named head boys’ basketball coach at Milford High

MILFORD – A familiar face will be returning to the basketball court this winter.

Lamarr Shorts, a 2004 Milford graduate, was officially hired to take over the head coaching duties of the boys’ basketball program at Milford High last Monday, June 18.

He will be taking the reins over from former coach Bob Spath, who resigned from the position.

“I know Spath is very passionate about what he does and I’m just very thankful to be in the position he was in, just to coach these boys,” Shorts said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. “The first thing I want to do is to make sure I build a relationship with each individual – all the players – to just really understand what they do best, what makes them comfortable.”

Milford graduate (2004) Lamarr Shorts is taking over the boys’ basketball program this winter (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

Shorts, having just completed his first year teaching special education at Milford Central Academy, is simply looking to build off what Spath started with the Bucs’ basketball program.

“I have been fortunate to play middle school and high school ball in the Milford School District and I’ve been able to either be in contact or interact with the coaches who have come, even since I’ve graduated – all the way up to Spath. So, there are a lot of things that those coaches have taught me, and I do expect to utilize those things,” he said.

“I really just want to grow this program – grow these players and grow the character. I understand that basketball is so much more than just a sport.”

Following his high school graduation in ’04, Shorts was a Liberty University walk-on, where he spent two seasons with the Flames’ basketball program before transferring to Bryan College in Tennessee for three years.

“I redshirted my freshman year at Liberty, I played my second year and then I played my last three years at Bryan College before graduating,” he said of his college career.

According to the Bryan College team website, Shorts averaged 12.0 points per game as a forward during the 2008-09 season – his final year at the school.

He coached the Milford Central Academy basketball team last season and has coached AAU and YMCA teams in the past, but this will be his first high school head coaching gig.

“I actually coached all through my years at Bryan, they had a really big AAU circuit down in Tennessee, so I did a lot of volunteer stuff just because I was still in school and had a lot of other obligations,” he said. “Then I did lots of different leagues at the local YMCA. I’ve really been able to see how kids look at ball and how they grasp and process the concepts of basketball.”

While it’s his first head coaching job at the high school level, he did spend a year volunteering as an assistant coach at Milford High. He believes that year of coaching has helped prepare him for his new job.

“I spent a season volunteering under coach Spath about three years ago. My father always taught me that before you lead you have to learn how to follow,” said Shorts. “It was such a good experience of really sitting back and learning what a head coach needs from his assistants.”

Milford made four consecutive DIAA state tournament appearances from 2013-16 before missing the tourney with a 6-14 record in 2017.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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