Oscar Glasscock was formally named the new head football coach at Cullman High School on Monday morning.
That means Arab will now begin searching for its third head coach in six years.
Glasscock, for what it’s worth, thinks it should be from his first staff as a head coach. After years as a highly regarded assistant, Glasscock went 1-9 in his first season as a head coach. What he did in laying the groundwork for a turnaround at Arab apparently impressed the powers that be in Cullman enough to give Glasscock a second chance.
He reportedly turned down Cullman’s overtures before taking the Arab job earlier this year.
Now, he’s going home – literally – to replace Arab native Matt Plunkett, who resigned after one season atop the Cullman program.
Glasscock is a Cullman High School alumnus (1985 graduate) and former assistant who has lived in Cullman during his entire coaching career.
“We’re really excited,” Cullman Principal Kim Hall told The Cullman Times. “We think he brings a wealth of experience from the different schools he’s coached. We’re excited to have him back home and feel like he’ll be the perfect fit for our student-athletes.
“Every conversation we’ve had with him has been focused on what’s best for our students, and that’s in line with our vision.”
Glasscock played multiple positions for the Bearcats during his prep career, including tight end, guard, defensive end and linebacker, under former head coaches Jerry Elmore, Jim Pyburn and Dale Cook.
He later returned to Cullman as an assistant under former head coaches Mike Bates and Mark Britton. Glasscock has also made assistant coaching stops at Mountain Brook, Hartselle, Cordova, Calera, Florence and Citronelle, primarily as a defensive coordinator.
Arab, meanwhile, continues to move forward under temporary assistant coach Randall Martin, the team’s offensive coordinator under Glasscock. Defensive coordinator Daniel Garrett is leading off-season workouts, which consists of four days a week of weightlifting and one day devoted to speed and agility drills.
“We’re actually maxing out this week (in the weightroom),” Garrett said Monday. “We want to see where we are.”
Where Arab is, according to Glasscock, is in a better place than it was about 10 months ago. And he’d like to see the progress continue under one of his former assistants, either Martin or Garrett.
“They’re both great coaches,” he said. “Buddy Pell is a super young coach.
“I’d like to see them keep the continuity.”
Glasscock was highly complimentary of the staff members he inherited, also.
“The entire group are really good coaches and people,” he said, naming them all: Phil Puccio, David Hall, Chad Hudson, Mitchell Johnston and Kalen Elam. Glasscock also hired inside linebacker coach Justin Keifer.
“I feel really good about the future of Arab football under these guys,” Glasscock said. “I know (Superintendent) John Mullins, (Principal) John Ingram and the board members are good people who have the kids’ best interests at heart.
“They’ll do what’s best for the kids.”
Martin declined to comment when asked about his interest in the head coaching job but appears to be a logical candidate. He has head coaching experience at Class 4A Rogers (six years, three playoff appearances) and Arab’s performance offensively in the Wing-T was noticeable by season’s end.