An assistant coach for three local high school baseball teams, Rich Glass will finally get a chance to run his own program.
The 34-year-old has been named head baseball coach at Palmetto, where he served as an assistant for three years under Phil Olson, who resigned after the season.
Glass previously served as an assistant at Bayshore and Manatee and played on Bradenton Christian's 1998 state championship baseball team. An infielder and pitcher, he played two years of junior college ball in West Virginia after graduating from BCS in 2000.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and want to thank our athletic director (Ken Ansbro) and principal (Willie Clark). It’s been a goal of mine to be a head coach,” Glass said.
Glass said his style is to work hard and focus on the fundamentals. He has an 18-year-old-and-under team of Palmetto players who will be traveling this summer.
“I learned to grind it out and really get after it. We also have to be able to get our bunts down, hit and run, be able to handle our bat and be good at doing the small things,” Glass said.
Ansbro said Glass was an easy choice because of his work ethic and relationship with the players.
“Rich is an unbelievable hard worker and is dedicated to the kids. I look forward to working with him,” Ansbro said.
Glass will be inheriting a veteran squad that returns five of its starting eight position players. Top returnees include two freshmen, catcher Colton Vincent and pitcher Jacob Jose, along with junior Hunter Finner, an outfielder/pitcher.