Local graduate Brooklyn Short receives national athletic honor

by Emily Armentrout

On March 18, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics honored former Wabash Lady Apache Brooklyn Short. Short received Honorable Mention All-America after the NAIA announced the 2013-14 NAIA Women’s Basketball All-America teams.

In Short’s career as a Lady Apache, she received four varsity letters for basketball, became second on Wabash High School’s all time scoring list, led the Lady Apaches to back-to-back 20-win seasons and back-to-back sectional championships under Coach Scott Bumgardner, who Short says still keeps in contact with her.

“[I] definitely [would like to thank] my high school coach, Scott Bumgardner,” Short told The Paper. “Throughout my college years, he still contacts me; we still talk. He’s helped me out through high school and college too.”

Short’s former coach, Purdue Calumet’s Head Women’s Basketball coach Tom Megyesi, first contacted Bumgardner after observing Short at the Top 100 workout the summer before her senior year.

“He gave her a glowing recommendation,” Coach Megyesi said. “When Mr. Bumgardner mentioned that not only was Brooklyn an outstanding basketball player, she was also an outstanding student, class salutatorian, I knew I needed to pursue her for my team. Brooklyn was all that Coach Bumgardner said and more.”

As a freshman at Purdue Calumet, Short saw action in all 30 contests of the season. As a sophomore, she was named First Team All- Chicagoland’s Collegiate Athletic Conference and Academic All-CCAC. In her junior year, Short was named honorable mention All-CCAC, Academic All-CCAC, and Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete. Now, as a senior, receiving the NAIA honorable mention All-America is important to Short because “it’s more nationally recognized, which is kind of neat,” according to Short. “It does mean a lot as a senior, getting that last award in there.”

As a math major graduating in May, Short isn’t sure what her future holds career-wise. She will be getting married in August and is currently looking to move home after graduation and start her new life with her fiancÚ, Tyler. Talking about her basketball career and looking towards her future did give her some insight for student athletes looking to be as successful as she has been on and off the court.

When asked what advice she would have for girls who are in the same position she was four years ago, Short simply said: “You need to get your priorities straight. Keep up the hard work. Stay determined. Follow your heart.”

Short would like to thank her parents.

“They made the two-hour trip to my games, almost every game, which I never would have expected them to do.

“My dad and Tyler made the trip to Iowa to watch me play in the national tournament. I just played two games there, but they made the 10-hour trip. It means a lot.”

In addition to her family and fiancÚ, she would also like to thank her aunt, Kelly Smith.

Lastly, Short would like to thank the fans that came out when Purdue Calumet played Huntington University.

Short noted that game, with a hometown crowd, as one of the proudest moments of her basketball career.

“A couple year’s ago, we played Huntington University, and since it was so close to home, I had a lot of fans there, just for me. That really meant a lot, to get all that support from people that were there in high school to watch me play.”

“She’s an outstanding person,” said Coach Megyesi. “Everyone on the team looks up to her and respects her decisions and opinions. She was the coach on the floor. I don’t know if I will ever find another person like Brooklyn. She is exactly what every coach wants; smart, funny, studious, athletic, empathetic and also willing to go that extra mile. She will be missed.”

Posted on 2014 Apr 01