June 27, 2013Grosse Pointe South's Athletic Director Jeremy Hawkins stayed in-house when selecting a new varsity boys' basketball head coach.
He promoted freshman head coach Troy Glasser to fill the void left by Dave Grauzer, who left after three years at the helm.
"I'm ready for this job and excited to lead these young men on the court," Glasser said. "We have a lot of returning players back; so we have the chance to have a successful season if they put in the work this offseason.
"I love the work Dave Grauzer did and we support him."
Glasser has an advantage since he is a counselor at South. He gets to interact with his players on a daily basis and sees them in the classroom.
"I have a good connection with the players and it will help to see them in the hallways," Glasser said. "It's going to be an advantage to get the chance to work with these young men in school and then on the court."
The Blue Devils struggled to reach the .500 mark the past few seasons. Last year they finished 5-16 with a roster loaded with underclassmen.
This summer, the guys are competing in the U-M Dearborn summer league and Midland team camp. In addition, many of the players at all levels are playing pickup games in the gymnasium.
Glasser was the Blue Devils' freshman basketball head coach this year and has coached at several other schools during his tenure.
He was also the athletic director at St. Paul Catholic School for a few years.
He lives in Grosse Pointe and knows the community.
"I'm looking forward to this opportunity and it's a step in the right direction for my career," Glasser said. "I love what I do at South and I enjoy working to make high school students' lives better. I love teaching basketball and I'm excited to start this new chapter in my life."
His staff includes assistant coach John Buszka, Andrew Grauzer, Peter Kingsley and Walt Martin.
Glasser began coaching at the middle school level at Agassiz Elementary School in 1995 and moved to Marie Curie High School as the girls' varsity assistant coach in the Chicago Public School district.
He moved to the Grosse Pointes and became the director of basketball operations of St. Paul's and founded the Laker Basketball Camp.
Glasser also coached at both Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South in various capacities, plus directed the Little Blue Devils Basketball Camp.
He is leading the Blue Devils on the court this summer and anxious for the season to start when official practice begins.
Glasser earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education at St. Mary College in Kansas, and a Master of Education in School Guidance Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago.
He also earned an Educational Leadership Endorsement from Saginaw Valley State University to further his professional stature.