PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown volleyball head coach Diane Short has received a prestigious honor, being named to the Woonsocket High School Athletic Hall of Fame. A four-sport athlete for the Villa Novans, Short racked up numerous accolades while at Woonsocket, before starring for the URI volleyball team and then transitioning into coaching.
Short starred as a multiple-sport athlete and captained the cross country, basketball and volleyball teams during her high school career. While lettering in volleyball, basketball, cross-country and track she earned selections to All-Division Teams in all 4 sports. She was also selected to the Providence Journal's All-State Girl's Volleyball team in her junior and senior years as well as the All-State Girl's Basketball Team in her senior year.
As a standout student-athlete, Short was instrumental in leading the Villa Novans to multiple division championships in volleyball, basketball and cross-country. Her other athletic accomplishments include being selected to ten Call All-Star Squads, Being named the first Female recipient of the Larry Bradley memorial scholarship (outstanding student athlete), and named as the Woonsocket Call Female Athlete of the Year in 1981-82.
As a player, she was a four-year standout at the University of Rhode Island, Graduated in 1986 with a B.S. in Physical Education and Health with a concentration in coaching. Short's URI team won over 80 matches in her time there. She was named Atlantic 10 All-conference in 1985 as a senior while the team ranked in the top 20 in the country and competed in the NCAA championships for the first time in URI history. That University of Rhode Island Volleyball team of 1985-86 was named to the University of Rhode Island's Hall of Fame.
After graduation Short returned to Woonsocket as a physical education teacher and was an assistant coach for Woonsocket's state championship Volleyball teams in 1984 and 1989. In 1993 she was chosen as the Head Coach of the Brown University's Women 's Volleyball team. No other coach of Brown volleyball has been as successful as Short. She has twice lead Brown to the NCAA Championship tournament, and has captured three Ivy League titles. Her 1998 Squad recorded the most wins in Brown volleyball history, posing a perfect ledger against Ivy League foes along the way.
Prior to coaching at Brown, Diane served as an assistant coach at Providence College for three seasons (1989-1991), including two seasons (1990-91) as head coach of the PC volleyball club team.
She was Director of Volleyball at the 1996 World Scholar-Athlete Games, and is currently the associate Director of Blast Volleyball junior club program. She coached three teams to New England championships. 12-and-under in 2004, 14-and-under in 2005 and 16-and-under in 2007. Short currently works with the coaches in the Blast Volleyball Club.