Zach Glavash named EMU assistant coach

Adam Duvall

Zach Glavash is moving closer to home — sort of.

The Chillicothe native was named the Eastern Michigan assistant women’s track and field coach Wednesday.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to go to EMU,” Glavash said of the Ypsilanti, Mich.-based campus, roughly 6 1/2 hours from his hometown, “and work with coach (Sue) Parks to build a program into her vision. She’s incredibly competitive, but she still has the ability to let her assistants do what they do best.”

Glavash, 27, spent the 2010-11 track and field season as a volunteer coach for Texas A&M. The Aggies won a historic triple-double of the NCAA Championships in which both the men’s and women’s teams three-peated as national champs.

“It’s very hard to leave something that you love,” the Illinois Valley Central grad and 2003 Journal Star Runner of the Year said, “and I love Texas A&M. I’m going to take everything that I have learned from coach (Pat) Henry and from the Texas A&M staff and athletes and the school and apply that to Eastern Michigan and let the success come.”

That success at EMU is becoming well-established. The Eagles won the 2011 Mid-American Conference indoor championship and finished second at the outdoor meet.

“It’s becoming a storied program,” the former Illinois and Texas Tech all-American said. “(Parks) sold me on the fact that it’s continuing to grow and I can be a part of that.”

Parks did her homework on Glavash, who was a graduate assistant at Texas Tech from 2007 to 2010, before hiring him.

“After talking to some of the top coaches in the nation about who would be a great fit for our assistant position, Zach was the one name that emerged,” Parks said in a release. “Not only was Zach an elite athlete, he has been a part of championship teams as a coach.”

The Texas Tech alum, who holds a master’s degree from Tech in exercise physiology and biomechanics, looks to take on the challenge of going from the Big 12 Conference power to the mid-major ranks of the MAC. He’ll handle duties as the sprint, hurdle and jump coach.

“There’s a really a good foundation right now that I’m looking forward to build on and getting the right kids,” he said. “I want to make Eastern Michigan a sprint power in the MAC.”