New Trenton College Football Job Selection Process Gets Indiana Hall of Fame Coach | New
For everything that went wrong in the first attempt to select a head college football coach in Trenton, Supt. Douglas Mentzer said district officials were now right.
In fact, Mentzer thinks the District has their hands on a big catch, reaching Indiana and getting a Hall of Fame coach at Reggie Glon.
He confirmed the new employee on Thursday afternoon.
Glon will be moving from Hoosier State, where he was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2018, to the Downriver area to accept the head coach position at Trenton High School.
Glon graduated from Indiana University in 1992 after serving his country as a combat engineer in the United States Marine Corps for eight years.
He has certifications to teach both social studies and physical education.
Glon holds a master’s degree in sports science.
Through newspaper and social media accounts, Glon became aware of the coaching vacancy and controversy and simply saw it as an opportunity.
The initial selection process was widely criticized after the initial search resulted in the selection of a coach with only Little League experience compared to two other finalists with high school coaching experience and beyond.
None of the finalists – all with connections to the district – came forward for the position again after the decision was made to restart the search.
“He’s amazing and he did it all under the sun,” Mentzer said of Glon. “I don’t know how we landed it, but we did.
More than anything, Mentzer sees this as a victory for the students, who are ready to get down to business.
James Trush, district athletic director, and Vince Porreca, principal of Hedke Elementary School, were co-chairs of the second selection process.
This time around it was organized to be more transparent and with a clear focus on what was expected of two panels involved in the selection process.
A panel of coaches from inside and outside the district (the X and Os panel) was formed, as well as a panel of community members and student athletes.
Both panels played a role in the selection process.
Glon began his footballing and teaching career at Washington High School in South Bend, Indiana, where he was an assistant coach for eight years.
He then moved to Marian High School in nearby Mishawaka, where he was head football coach for 24 years.
While at Marian, his teams had six sectional championships, four regional championships, two Northern Indiana Conference championships, two undefeated seasons and 19 winning seasons.
Glon was named Region 2 and State 3A Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2015, and coached the Indiana North All Stars in 1998 and 2013 in the annual Coaches Football Game.
Glon has coached many players who continued their careers in college football, as well as several professional football players.
He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
The coach was a teacher and then both athletic administrator and facilities manager at Marian during his tenure there, while also coaching wrestling, swimming and track at various points in his career.
He will return to Michigan with his wife, where they both have family.
Glon will join the lineage of coaches who have run Trenton football, which includes the successor to Bob Czarnecki, who recently retired after 30 years.
Mentzer commented on both Trush and Porreca on a job well done, noting that the end result is one that everyone can be proud of.
“Both did a great job co-chairing the process and bringing stability, validity and integrity to our process of hiring a new head football coach,” said Mentzer. “We really used a ‘Hall of Fame process’ that created a Hall of Fame coach.
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