Oscar Glasscock is heading back to where it all began.
The Cullman High alumnus and former assistant was officially named head football coach on Monday following approval by the Cullman City Board of Education.
He replaces Matt Plunkett, who resigned after one season atop the program.
"The feeling is the timing is right," Glasscock said. "It's never been a career goal to be back at Cullman as a head coach. I had nine wonderful years at Cullman. I loved my time here and built great relationships. And I'm one of those guys who likes to meet new people and work with new people. I find a lot of satisfaction in helping people find success in different kinds of environments ... knowing the core values you present lead to success.
"That being said, when I landed the defensive coordinator job at Hartselle, I had to step up my game. When I worked for coach (Bob) Godsey, that was really the first time I thought, 'I can do this (be a head coach).' When you're on the inside, that's the best training ground. For me, there's no substitute for being involved in the decision-making process at the top level. There's no better way to prepare for a head coaching job than to be at a Hartselle or a Mountain Brook. And I'd compare Cullman to them."
Glasscock, who graduated from Cullman in 1985, played multiple positions — linebacker, tight end, guard and defensive end — under former head coaches Jerry Elmore, Jim Pyburn and Dale Cook.
He 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 landed his first head coaching gig at Arab last season, compiling a 1-9 record.
During his time with the Bearcats, he worked under former head coaches Mike Bates and Mark Britton.
And it was the latter who helped play a part in Glasscock's eventual return to his alma mater.
"Coach Britton is like family to me," he said. "We have a great relationship. When he called me to see if I'd be interested, I was like, 'Of course, I'd be interested.' Because he's the one calling me. I think that's a tribute to Dr. (Susan) Patterson to get coach Britton to spearhead this search. He loves Cullman and wants what's best for those kids. And it's humbling he wants someone like me to lead the program. Cullman has been successful. Arab was a great challenge, but they had great people. And there was so much unity.
"And I feel like the same unity is being built at Cullman. To be part of the solution of bringing people together, I think that's one of my strengths. And I think that spoke to me."
As for what fans can expect to see on the field?
Well, according to Glasscock, it's all about the kids.
"The bottom line is I want to see the kids improve in all the different areas you can affect," he said. "I want kids to be developed athletically, physically, intellectually, spiritually. For instance, you look at the end of their ninth grade year to the beginning of their 10th grade year, and that kid is better, stronger, faster, making better decisions. He’s a better teammate, he's better in school, he's more thankful for the things he has in his life. If you can do that every year, how can you not win?
"We can all do good things as individuals, but you can't really achieve great things in this life without the help of other people. And other people can't achieve great things in this life without you."