Rob Glasscock is no stranger to the area.
After being named Charlotte’s new volleyball and softball Head Coach on July 8, he’s now in his third stint at an Atascosa County school. It’s his first time being a varsity volleyball Head Coach. He served at Pleasanton for a year ending in 2009 as well as a stint in Jourdanton that ended in 2000.
Those were just two of 18 stops in his 23-year career in coaching that has also included a stop at Northeast Texas Community College as an assistant coach with their softball program.
He wanted to stay as close to home as possible after a family member was diagnosed with an illness. When he got the opportunity in Charlotte, it felt like divine intervention was keeping him at home.
“I do believe in God. I’m a religious person,” Glasscock said. “I felt it was something I needed to do.”
His two most recent stops have been at La Vernia, where he coached the Lady Bears to a No. 1 state ranking in 2020 before COVID shut the season down, and East Central, where he guided the Hornets to two consecutive playoff berths in 2017 and 2018. Their bi-district win in 2017 was their first playoff series win in three years.
Glasscock noted that, prior to the COVID era, he was obsessed with winning. He made eight playoff appearances dating back to 2010 while leading numerous programs like Clifton, Coahoma and George West to name a few. He led Orange Grove and Coahoma to the regional quarterfinals in 2016 and 2012, respectively.
Since COVID and staying in Atascosa County due to his wife’s illness, Glasscock is now focused more on leaving a legacy that includes wins and personal impacts with student-athletes.
“The reason I wanted to come to Charlotte is because my focus, now and until I stop coaching, is to change lives,” Glasscock said. “I think before that, it was about wins. What you hear about all the time … is Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame and 500 wins to get a plaque. You can go out and buy that plaque, but what’s going to be your mark?”
When thinking about making that impact, Glasscock remembered the impact he and current Brandeis football Head Coach Charles Bruce made on players while they were at San Antonio Wagner during the 2014-2015 school year.
“We were changing those kids’ lives by just showing up and coaching them, but loving them and teaching them this was right and that is wrong,” Glasscock said. “It’s about more than just sports.”
That plays into his bigger picture for both the volleyball and softball programs at Charlotte. The Trojanettes will aim to win their first playoff volleyball game since 2015 and Glasscock hopes to make Charlotte a perennial power in the Region IV-2A softball landscape like 2021 state semifinalist Weimar and Shiner.
“I don’t have just a volleyball or a softball philosophy,” Glasscock said. “I’ve coached a lot of sports and my philosophy has been the same in all of them. You treat kids with respect, you’re gonna get it back. Now, you do have expectations and they’re going to meet those expectations because they’re gonna realize what we’re asking them to do is not out of the ordinary.”