Shorter hires former Rome High coach to lead ladies basketball program

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

By Dawn Tolbert

ROME — Shorter University announces the hiring of Jared Hughes as the university’s head women’s basketball coach.

“We are delighted to welcome Jared Hughes as part of the Shorter family,” said Shorter University President Don Dowless. “We look forward to seeing the impact his Christ-centered leadership will have on our women’s basketball program and the young women he coaches.”

Jared Hughes

Hughes served from 2015-2017 as head girls’ basketball coach at Rome High School, leading the team to be a 2016 AAAAA State Tournament Qualifier for the first time in four seasons. He elevated the program to 18 wins and a State Tournament bid in his first season as head coach. His teams secured key wins against AAAA No. 3 Carrollton, AAAAA No. 2 Sequoyah, and AAA No. 4 Calhoun. He was named the Northwest Georgia Tip-off Club Coach of the Month in December 2016, and his team set a school record of 100 points in a single game.

In addition, Hughes served as assistant girls’ coach under Kevin Strickland from 2011 to 2015. The 2011-12 squad reached the Elite 8 and had the best finish in program history as region runner-up.

“Coach Hughes brings a deep knowledge of the game of basketball paired with a love for the Rome community and this region,” said Shorter Director of Athletics Tony Lundy. “His teams have performed well, and he believes in using the sport of basketball to teach larger life lessons. We know he will make great contributions as part of Shorter Athletics.”

Hughes began his work in Rome’s sports community in 2009 when he became Youth Sports Director at the Rome-Floyd YMCA. He hired, trained, and supervised staff members in all youth sports programs and co-founded the Teen Leadership Basketball League, a league focusing on teaching leadership and responsibility through the game of basketball.

An educator, Hughes has taught health and physical education and special education in Pre-K through 6th grade at West End Elementary. He was the Rome City Schools Teacher of the Year Nominee in 2016. Hughes previously taught high school health and physical education at Woodstock High School, where he also served as the head girls’ basketball coach before returning to Rome.

Since 2018, he has served as an assistant coach for the Berry College Lady Vikings, which compiled both school and SAA conference record of nine consecutive conference wins.

Hughes earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Health and Physical Education from the University of North Georgia.


Dawn Tolbert serves as associate vice president for University Communications at Shorter University.

While in Jonesboro, Tennessee pastor Haun was foretold of ‘great revival’
Graffiti 2 Works eternally impacts South Bronx
‘Rock of Faith’: For 92-year-old Kingsland choir member, age is just a number
Unholy Tour prepares again to show depth of human trafficking
Federal loan will allow Brewton-Parker to direct more annual funds ‘to fulfillment of mission’, say leaders
Partnership with Alliance Defending Freedom provides an advocate for churches and religious freedom
Ala. legislators OK abortion ban; Gov. signs bill
Bible Drills: ‘The competition isn’t what’s important’
Bible Study for May 26: Exploit your friends
Daily Bible Readings for May 16-31
Bible Study for May 19: Hate your family
Bible Study for May 12: Let the dead bury their dead
Skipper tapped to be Evangelism catalyst in Georgia Baptist restructuring
IMB’s Chitwood discusses ‘unique’ partnerships with Georgia Baptists
Gwinnett County native named as Georgia Baptists’ lead strategist in Church Strengthening
At law enforcement summit, Baptists expand meaning of ‘Mission Georgia’
Various groups to host gatherings, give reports during #SBC19
WMU Missions Celebration ‘like none other’
New opportunities among women’s events in Birmingham
Seminaries’ alumni & friends to gather in Birmingham