ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

'Itch to lead' team drew Glas to Cobbers

It still doesn't seem right to see Rich Glas in a maroon Concordia shirt. Eighteen years at the University of North Dakota has branded him a Sioux, even with two years at Northern Iowa.

It still doesn't seem right to see Rich Glas in a maroon Concordia shirt. Eighteen years at the University of North Dakota has branded him a Sioux, even with two years at Northern Iowa.

We asked Glas five questions to see how life as a Cobber is treating him:

Q: You've said that you left UND mainly for two reasons, aside from the opportunity to work with Ben Jacobson at Northern Iowa: You knew the Sioux were going Division I and you didn't want to go through the transition, and you didn't see eye-to-eye with then-athletic director Tom Buning. Since you're back to being a head coach, do you still like your decision to leave UND?

A: I was fully expecting to never be a head coach again. I was going to go down and help Ben, and I could have continued to do that. But that itch to lead young men returned as this year wore on. I wasn't really looking to apply for any other jobs. When the Concordia job came to my attention, I said, "No." But when I hung up the phone, I went, "Wait a minute." The desire to be a head coach again, at a situation where people are there to get an education, that was attractive.

Q: You've had the Concordia job for six weeks now, long enough to get the lay of the land. How do you assess the Cobber basketball program?

ADVERTISEMENT

A: They have a very good nucleus of young players. They really came on as the year went on. I haven't had a chance to really sit down and watch any of the tapes to evaluate the team, but obviously from the outside you can see they started about 1-8 and then really came on.

Q: Word is you've been talking with local coaches and contacting kids right here in Fargo-Moorhead. How's the reception been?

A: It's all been positive. A lot of the coaches I knew before I left. We left UND with a good reputation, doing things the right way, so it's not like I'm coming back to where I really screwed up all the time and everybody hated you. It's all been good.

Q: How is being a Division III head coach going to be different than coaching at a competitive, high-level Division II job?

A: The pressure to win will still be there, because the greatest pressure always comes from within. That won't change. But I may not be on as many negative blogs as before. (Laughs.) I'm looking forward to it. It's still leading young men, and that's what I'm looking forward to.

Q: Have you had to fight the urge to overreach for a recruit? Have you looked at kids and said, "I should go after this one," only to step back and say, "Wait a second, I'm at Concordia. He's above our level?"

A: Not yet. Obviously we got a very late start. But we're going to reach for guys because you never know what's going to hit somebody. They may not want to be a big-time player. Now if it's Duke or something, that's a different story. But it might be a really good Division II player or a low D-I player, and maybe they have Concordia ties somehow or want to go to a Christian school or just have the atmosphere that a Division III program brings. You make a run at them and see what fits.

Forum sports columnist Mike McFeely can be heard on the Saturday Morning Sports Show, 10 a.m. to noon on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5580 or mmcfeely@forumcomm.com . McFeely's blog can be found at www.areavoices.com

What To Read Next
Get Local

ADVERTISEMENT