Services set for legendary Minnesota coach Jim Short in Inver Grove Heights, May 23-24

By USA Wrestling | May 20, 2014, 12:25 p.m. (ET)
Arrangements have been set for legendary Minnesota coach Jim Short of Inver Grove Heights, 67, who passed away on May 17 after battling cancer.

Visitation is Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Inver Grove Heights from 3-9 p.m. Another visitation is set for Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the church.

Short was a highly successful high school coach, and was active within USA Wrestling as a coach and leader in his state for many years.

“I don’t think I ever went to a Northern Plains event without seeing Jim Short there. It has truly been a family affair for the Shorts, with Jim and Pat, their sons and their grandsons. Jim’s impact was not limited to the Tri-Cities area, as the Short family truly had a national impact of the sport. Wrestling will miss Jim Short. We send our condolences to his family, friends and all those who were impacted by his life,” said USA Wrestling State Services Director Tony Black.

Short began the highly regarded wrestling program at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. in 1970 and coached through 1998. Short led Simley to five state championships and served as a co-coach on state title teams in 2010 and 2011 along with his son Will Short. His teams were second in the state four times. His career record as a high school coach was an impressive 374-160-16. He is a member of the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.

Short was a leader within Minnesota USA Wrestling, coaching state-level teams for many years and helping build and grow the sport in the state in many, many ways.

He was also patriarch of one of the most successful wrestling families in the state. His sons Will, Wade and Chris were two-time state champions. Grandson Jake won four state titles and grandson Mack was his first state title last year. Will has become one of the top high school coaches in Minnesota, and the family remains involved in wrestling.

His wife Pat was a respected pairing official and leader on the national level, and received USA Wrestling’s Woman of the Year award in 2002.

Jim Short wrestled at St. Cloud State during the 1965-66 season and the 1968-69 season.

Stories on Jim Short in the Minnesota media are below:

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Minneapolis Star Tribune