Tim Glowdowski, 25, comes from Eastlake-North as Newbury's new varsity football coach.
Newbury has named its new — possibly last? — varsity football coach to lead a program in transition.
Amid talks of a merger with Berkshire, the Black Knights will play a 2014 football schedule this fall, leaving the Chagrin Valley Conference and joining the Northeastern Athletic Conference.
Tim Glodowski, 25, an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastlake-North, the past four seasons, has always wanted to be a head coach, an example set by his dad, Mike, a former head coach at Richmond Heights.
He understands the challenges of a program that has won nine games in the past seven seasons.
“I’m excited,” he said at a Newbury Schools Board meeting after being unanimously approved, 5-0. “I want to get the community involved. It’s not just about football, it’s about life and academics.”
The next day Glodowski was on his way to visit with Athletic Director Paul Toth, a 30-minute commute from Eastlake, hoping to meet a few of the players for the first time.
“From what I hear, it’s a great, great community,” he said via cell phone. “I think I need to sell to the parents more than I sell to the kids.”
That week, Toth said, “He possesses a strong moral character, a belief that hard work and discipline can be crucial to gaining any kind of success in life you choose to pursue and a sense of honesty that are important characteristics for a leader to have.”
A 2006 North graduate, Glodowski, an offensive lineman, played football four years at Hiram College, where he started 39 of 40 games.
As a long-snapper, he went to a regional NFL combine, but “nothing came of it,” he said. “I was 5-10 and 240 pounds.” He said he’s lost about 40 pounds since.
That time at Hiram prepared Glodowski for difficult seasons, as the Terriers’ record was 3-37.
“I’m going to treat Newbury like I did as a player at Hiram,” he said. “I’ve already talked with the principal (Michelle Mrakovich) about being the uncommon man, being the uncommon team.”
At North, Glodowski coached 127 kids in the Div. II football program last season. There were 50 kids on the freshman team alone, about three times the varsity roster numbers Newbury typically fields.
But Glodowski hopes about 22 players will return from last season and most of the 20 players on the junior high team stick with the sport. He thinks 30 Newbury players is a reasonable expectation.
“My goal is to get in the school and go to a math class, go to an English class: I’m coach Glodowski. We have some good things put in place. I’d love to have you guys out,” he said.
His dad will join as an assistant and run the offense, Glodowski said. It was his dad who texted to him and let him know the Newbury job was available. Mike coached Richmond Hts. from 1988 to 1992, then became head coach again in 1998, when the Spartans went 9-1. Tim was a ballboy for that team.
“One of my dreams is to follow in my father’s footsteps,” he said.
Toth said: “Besides his experience, both as a player and a coach, Coach G comes from a strong family background in high school football coaching experience. It was clear that Tim’s strengths came from a solid background and the teachings of a strong family core and belief system.”
Bob Wolfe, one of Glodowski’s coaches at Hiram College, will also join his staff. Glodowski said he will interview other candidates but wants to take his time and avoid any negative attitudes.
The North Rangers ran a spread offense. Glodowski has watched film from last season’s Black Knights football team, and did not know what identity fans could expect to see yet.
“I do know it’s going to be basic football,” he said. “Nothing too technical. Kids will be playing both ways. We need to be the tougher team on the field.”
The Black Knights will take on Pymatuning Valley, Vienna Mathews, Grand Valley, Windham, Southington-Chalker and Ledgemont in the NAC. Games against Geauga County rivals Cardinal (Oct. 10) and Berkshire (Oct. 24) have been kept on the schedule.
Glodowski will be a classified employee, serving as behavioral support staff at the high school. He told the school board he worked at Parmdale Institute, a facility for minors with mental health issues such as autism.
His supplemental one-year contract will pay him $5,220.
– Ann Wishart contributed to this article
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