COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M softball Head Coach Jo Evans announced today the addition of Associate Head Coach Gerry Glasco to the team’s staff.
“I’m thrilled to be coming to A&M,” Glasco said. “It’s a fantastic place with all the traditions of the school and a fantastic head coach in Jo Evans. She and Joy Jackson are just phenomenal people.”
Glasco joins the Aggies from the University of Georgia, where he spent three seasons as the Bulldog softball team’s assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach after the 2011 season. He will work with Texas A&M’s hitters and assist with recruiting.
“Gerry Glasco will be a great addition to our program,” Evans said. “He is a proven winner. He made a significant impact on the Georgia program and did a great job with their hitters. He has a passion for the game, loves working with student-athletes, and his enthusiasm is contagious. He is a tireless recruiter. He is one of the best I've seen at spotting talent, networking and building relationships in the recruiting world.
“I had the pleasure of coaching his daughter, Erin, and established a great relationship with the Glasco family. His wife Vickie is one of the greatest people I know. I am excited to welcome Gerry and Vickie to our program. I know they will make an immediate impact and be a great addition to our Aggie community.”
In his time at Georgia, Glasco helped the Bulldogs to a 277-92 mark as the team has hovered near the top of NCAA and Southeastern Conference rankings in almost all offensive categories and set over 20 team offensive records. UGA has made six NCAA Tournament appearances and finished in the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) final four twice with Glasco in the dugout. In 2014, UGA recorded its first-ever SEC Tournament Championship.
Currently, Glasco is coaching the USSSA Florida Pride of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). The Pride have compiled a 14-5 record this season with Glasco at the helm in his first year with the team. Two former Texas A&M players – Cassie Tysarczyk and Sharonda McDonald – are on the roster.
Glasco spent two years as the assistant softball coach at Johnston City (Illinois) High School before taking his first collegiate job at Georgia, and was also the assistant softball coach for the Lady Indians from 1999-2004.
During his time at JCHS, Glasco founded the Illinois Southern Force Softball organization and served as the head coach of the Southern Force Gold from 2001-08. The team finished in the top 20 four times at ASA Gold Nationals, and Glasco led the Southern Force to the 2004 18U Gold National Championship. That year, Glasco and his staff were named the National Travel Team Coaching Staff of the year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
The Crab Orchard, Ill., native is no stranger to Texas A&M softball as his middle daughter, Erin, spent two seasons behind the plate for the Aggies, helping the team to a national runner-up finish in 2008 and taking Big 12 All-Tournament honors the same year.
“I love Texas,” Glasco said. “I love to hunt, and the outdoors. I love Texas – the outdoor part of it – and it has great softball. It’s a tremendous place to recruit because of all of the great travel ball teams and players.”
Glasco and his wife Vickie have three daughters who share in their dad’s passion for the sport. Tara – an assistant softball coach at UGA played college ball at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Erin is now an assistant softball coach at Rockdale High School, and Geri Ann is a rising junior on the Bulldog softball team.
Glasco graduated from Crab Orchard High School in 1976 where he lettered in track, baseball and basketball. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural economics in 1980.
Glasco will join the Aggies at the completion of the NPF season in August, in time to welcome a seven-player freshman class to the group of 14 returning letterwinners from the 2014 season.
“Obviously, Texas A&M lost a tremendous senior class, but we’ve also got a tremendous group of girls still on the roster – a tremendous group of underclassmen,” Glasco said. “Jo has always been an outstanding recruiter and she is extremely excited about the recruits coming in the next two-to-three years. I know a lot of them because in recruiting your come across them. I’m really excited about working with the young kids we’ve got coming up. We’ve got some great players coming in.”
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