Jeff Short, 48, an Archbold native and AHS graduate, has coached his final high school baseball game.
Short told his team at Westlake High School almost a year ago that he would retire after this season.
The Demons sent Short off in style, as they advanced to the Division I state championship game, Saturday, June 2 for their first-ever trip to the state tournament.
To get to the final four, they won 19 of their last 21 games.
The 19th-ranked Demons (24-7) defeated Massillon Perry 6-2 in the state semifi nals, but lost to secondranked Archbishop Moeller (26-5) 9-6 in the finals.
Short has been head baseball coach at Westlake since 1991, and has taught math and science in the district since 1987.
He finishes with a career coaching record of 345-242. He led his team to 19 winning seasons in his tenure with three Southwest Conference Championships (1996, 2002, 2006).
He was a three-time SWC Coach of the Year and was named the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer Coach of the Year in 1996.
Short was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
He coached seven All-Ohio performers and had more than 45 players on college teams. Todd Seljan, a 1991 graduate, was drafted and signed to a major league contract by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“Westlake High School is losing one of our best coaches,” said Tony Cipollone, Westlake athletic director. “Not only was Jeff a winner, he produced high-quality people.
“The legacy that he leaves behind will be hard to match. Anytime you lose a Hall of Fame coach it is tough, but we wish him good luck as he moves on with a new chapter in his life.”
Short will continue to teach math and science at Parkside Middle School in Westlake, where he has been for 26 years.
Jeff, his wife, Julie, and 19-month-old son, Jason, live in Avon.