Glenn to take hiatus

Boys' Volleyball

Longtime coach steps down as boys' head man after 25 seasons of guiding the squad to spend more time with his family.

January 05, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

Dan Glenn spent Thursday paying respect to the mother of three of his former Newport Harbor High volleyball players. Glenn called the mother of Jason, Russell and Anjanette Gan, "Mama Gan."

On a day like this, at Ana Gan's funeral, Glenn's decision to walk away from something he loves made a lot more sense. Family should come first.

Since 1986, Glenn has coached both the Newport Harbor boys' and girls' volleyball programs. During the stretch, Glenn led the teams to a combined 17 CIF Southern Section title appearances, winning nine of them.

Another section title run with Glenn as the coach is on pause, at least for one season with the boys.

Glenn said he decided not to lead the boys' team this spring because he wants to spend more time with his wife and four children. Glenn plans to take a one-year absence as the boys' coach, leaving open the possibility that he might be away longer.


Glenn said Steve Astor, one of his assistants last year, is going take over the head coaching duties. Athletic director Mike Zimmerman said Glenn recommended Astor to fill in, but Astor's hiring is not official yet.

What is official is Glenn's decision to step away this boys' season. The decision is one Glenn contemplated while coaching the girls in the fall.

Glenn wrapped up his 26th season with the girls' team two days after Thanksgiving.

"I focused so much on my players that sometimes I forgot about my little guys," said Glenn, referring to Hailey, 11, Jaden, 9, Tegan, 7, Brogan, 5. "They're growing up fast.

"I've just crushed my wife coaching both the girls and boys [programs]."

The kids Glenn expects to coach this spring are his own.

Glenn said he plans to be a T-ball and basketball coach, and be there for his wife, Mary.

Taylor Govaars, who played for Glenn and assisted him the past six seasons with the girls and five with the boys, believes Glenn is making the right move.

"[We're] absolutely [going to miss him], but it's something he's thought about a lot and we support him," said Govaars, who helped Glenn guide the Sailors to the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA title match, the girls' 11th section title appearance under Glenn, and the semifinals of the CIF State Southern California Regional Division I playoffs in the fall.

Glenn coached the boys for a quarter of a century, reaching six section title matches and winning two.

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