Longtime field hockey coach Short named Wesley interim athletic director

Tracey Short

DOVER — Veteran field hockey coach Tracey Short will step into the role of interim athletic director at Wesley College, the school announced on Monday.

Short, who will remain field hockey coach, has been Wesley’s Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. The AD position was left open when Mike Drass passed away last week.

Wesley has not announced yet who will fill Drass’ role as football head coach.

“There is no finer professional or person than Tracey Short to take on the role and responsibilities as the Interim Director of Athletics,” said Wesley College president Robert E. Clark II. “She was the engine in the athletic department under Mike Drass in so many ways and I have complete confidence in her abilities to lead the department during these difficult and transitional times.”

Short has served as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance since 2010 and as the head coach of the field hockey team since 1995.

The 12th winningest active coach in NCAA Division III field hockey, Short has tallied 262 wins in her 23 seasons at Wesley. She is a four-time conference Coach of the Year while her teams have made 16 conference tournaments, seven Eastern College Athletic Conference playoff appearances, won three conference championships and made the NCAA Division III Tournament three times.

Short is a 1990 graduate of Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a K-12 certification. She starred in field hockey and softball and was inducted into the Salisbury Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

She received her Master of Education degree from Wesley in 2002.

“I want to thank President Clark and the administration in trusting me with this interim role,” said Short. “After many years working with Coach Drass and sharing the same vision, I am confident that our department will continue to grow and prosper.”

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