Cullman High School’s new head football coach is no stranger to the community, but he hopes his time spent away from Cullman will translate into a winning culture for the Bearcats.
Coach Oscar Glasscock spoke about his return to Cullman Friday afternoon during the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Community Luncheon.
“I’ve been gone for a while,” he said. “It’s nice to come back here for sure.”
Glasscock, a 1985 graduate of Cullman High School, has 17 years experience as a high school defensive coordinator, including stops at Cullman (1996-2004), Citronelle (2005), Calera (2006-07), Cordova (2008-10), Florence (2011), Hartselle (2012-16) and Mountain Brook (2017).
He spent last year at Arab High School in his first head coaching position.
Glasscock said there have been a few changes to the area and the city school system over the 15 years that he has been gone, and he is glad to see how the different schools and members of the community are working together more than they ever have in the past.
“I never thought that I would see this much unity that’s happening right now,” he said. “Things are really, really good right now.”
With his 17 years of coaching experience spread out over several teams around the state, Glasscock said he has learned from those jobs and from the coaches that he worked with at each school.
Working with the different kids and coaches in each of those communities provided a new perspective, and he came away from those jobs with the decision to make sure his coaching was focused on the kids and making sure they were growing as players and as people.
“Twenty years from now, when they have their own kids or whoever they’re affecting in their lives, are they going to be happy they played in your football program? What are they going to tell their kids? What are they going to tell them about playing for you as a coach or playing on this team?” he asked. “That’s what’s most important.”
Glasscock said some of his later coaching positions, particularly his time in Hartselle and Mountain Brook working under head coaches Bob Godsey and Chris Yeager, made him start thinking about running a football program of his own for the first time, and he wants to bring the lessons he learned from all of those jobs to Cullman to build a new identity here.
“I’m not trying to run the Cullman High School football program like Mountain Brook does or trying to run it like Hartselle does,” he said. “The goal is to take what’s been good, what’s been successful here, and keep those things, but I’ve been so pleased that everyone has been so open to trying some new things.”
The Bearcats kick off the 2019 season Thursday night in Jasper, where they will face the No. 3 Class 5A Vikings, but the team does not focus on a particular opponent too much, Glasscock said.
The goal for this week, and every week, is for the players to put their maximum effort into everything they do, from every rep in the weight room to every play that they practice, and focus on getting better every day.
“If you improve every day, which starts with improving every rep, then you’re improving every week, then you improve every game, then you improve every year,” he said. “Then you can’t help but win eventually.”