Zone 2 – Big Country has found its new football bench boss, handing the reins to Airdrie’s Chris Glass Dec. 15, 2017, to run the all-star team for the first time.
In what will be his third time as part of the coaching staff with Big Country, Glass will oversee most of the team’s operation and will get to handpick his staff that will be looking to secure an Alberta Summer Games Championship.
“This is something I definitely wanted to do. It wasn’t expected, but it was a very nice surprise going into the Christmas season,” Glass said. “My expectation is to be competitive, give the more established programs a run for their money and win this whole thing.
“It’s going to be a big challenge, but I live and breathe for this stuff.”
Glass has progressively seen his role increase each time he is invited back, starting out as the running backs and receivers coach in 2014, then taking on offensive co-ordinator duties in 2016 and now head coach for 2018.
“I had so much fun with the first two times that I was involved with the Summer Games and seeing how much it meant to the players that played with the team,” Glass said. “To be the guy in charge of that experience and putting the team together is humbling and something I’m really excited for.”
For Glass, coaching kids just preparing to step into the high school ranks is a bit of a transition from his role as co-head coach with the George McDougall Mustangs, but he said he enjoys the job and is excited for this next challenge.
Glass has secured fellow Airdronians Doug Robertshaw, Jon Scratch and Roy Lewis as well as Drumheller’s Ken Fournier, Strathmore’s Sean Seafoot and Springbank’s Dan Toews on his staff for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie.
He said he wanted to spread his coaching representatives from across Big Country, so the team could bring in the best talent from the entire draw zone.
Glass has yet to finalize what positions each coach will be in, but said he is excited with the group he has accumulated thus far.
Glass said the inclusion of Robertshaw will give him a good idea of what talent is available at the bantam level, as Robertshaw was recently named the new head coach of the Airdrie Bantam Raiders.
“Regional balance is huge. You need to make sure you have competent coaches involved with programs other than the one you’re in,” Glass said.
With the tournament being just four days long, Glass added it will be important for the team to get the right players in place.
“It’s a quick tournament, the team that gels the quickest and comes together the fastest will be the most successful,” Glass said. “The talent is here and ready to go, it’s all about finding them.”