Jim Glash is in his first season as an assistant coach at Vincennes University. Glash brings to the position almost 30 years of college coaching experience including a combined 19 seasons as a head coach at NCAA Division II Missouri S&T and NJCAA Division I Olney Central College.
Coach Glash joined the Missouri S&T staff as an assistant prior to the 2007-08 season and was the program’s acting head coach during the second half of the 2008-09 season. He took over full time as head coach for the 2009-10 season. Glash’s first recruiting class was highlighted by the addition of Missouri H.S. All-Stater Bryce Foster. Under Glash’s tutelage, Foster distinguished himself on the court as a First Team all-Great Lakes Valley Conference performer and off the court as the recipient of the 2013-14 NCAA Division II Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award. Glash’s biggest win as head coach at Missouri S&T came on Jan. 5, 2012 as his Miners defeated NCAA Division II No. 2 ranked University of Southern Indiana 62-55. His Missouri S&T players graduated at an 86 percent rate and 23 of his student-athletes received institutional recognition for academic excellence.
Glash coached at Olney Central College for nine seasons and was instrumental in turning the program around. Prior to his arrival, the Blue Knights had finished in the lower half of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference in nine of the previous 11 seasons. Under Glash, OCC won the outright conference title in 1999-00, a year after it shared the league championship. For his efforts, Glash was named the 1999-00 GRAC Coach of the Year. His biggest win as head coach of Olney Central College came on Feb. 15, 2001 as the Blue Knights defeated NJCAA Division I No. 1 ranked Wabash Valley College 71-69. Before departing in 2005, Glash collected 160 career wins and coached the Blue Knights to eight top-half finishes in nine seasons. The program also produced its first two All-American players with Glash at the helm and 22 players either received all-conference or All-Region 24 honors. His Olney Central College players graduated at a 93 percent rate and 39 players earned scholarships at four-year institutions.
Glash’s entry into college coaching came in 1982 with a successful four-year run at NCAA Division I University of Illinois at Chicago. Several other assistant coaching stints followed including stops at North Park College, Kennedy-King College, Columbia College, etc.
Coach Glash is a Chicago native and currently resides in Vincennes.