Owner; All Northwest Football
Shorty graduated from Whitworth College with a Master’s degree in 1962, lettering four years in football and three in baseball. Following graduation, he became a coach and teacher at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington. In 1967, he became the head football coach and wrestling coach at Ellensburg High School in Ellensburg, Washington. While at Ellensburg, he led the Bulldogs to three State Football Championships. In 1975 he became the head football coach at Walla Walla High School and in 1987 he returned to his alma mater and was named the head football coach at Whitworth University in Spokane.
In 1972, Shorty and Mac Bledsoe (Drew Bledsoe’s father) started the All Northwest Football Camp, which specialized in the training of quarterbacks and receivers. Throughout the camp’s 34 years, scores of quarterbacks and receivers went on to play at the collegiate level and several others were drafted and played in the NFL. A few from the state of Washington include: Clint Didier - Washington Redskins, Steve Pelluer - Dallas Cowboys, Lake Dawson – Kansas City Chiefs, and Drew Bledsoe -New England Patriots. Drew was the #1 pick in the 1993 NFL draft.
During Shorty’s years coaching high school football at Ellensburg and Walla Walla, his teams won five league championships and three state titles. He was a coach of the year finalist nine times and named coach of the year on three occasions. Shorty was nominated for NFL’s high school coach of the year and became a member of the State of Washington 100 Wins Club.
Following his seven years at Whitworth, he joined his son, Blaine, as an assistant coach at Western Oregon University and then Central Washington University. Shorty’s other football related experiences include being an outside consultant for Purdue University’s Quarterback Elite camp, installing the “Delta” package (West Coast Offense) to high schools in Buffalo, New York, and South Dakota Tech. He travelled to Europe as a consultant and head coach in Hamburg and Keil Germany. In 2001, Shorty was hired as the head football coach of the Vienna Vikings in Vienna, Austria, where his teams won the Austrian National Championship and played in Europe’s Euro-Bowl.
Shorty has written multiple articles on the fundamentals of throwing the football, training the quarterback, and passing schemes. In addition, he has developed training videos on pass catching and proper route running techniques for receivers. The All Northwest Football Camps have received national recognition from ESPN, the New England Sports Network, and the NFL Game Day programs.