Hatchets hire Eric Glaza as next varsity basketball coach

The Hatchets have found their successor for Mark Krug.

Eric Glaza was recently named the next Bad Axe varsity basketball head coach. He was previously the junior varsity coach for the last four seasons, and has worked with the upcoming senior class for the last five seasons.

“I really wasn’t looking for this job,” he said. “Coach Krug and (Jason) Jurgess have been there for many years, and have been very successful. I was excited to learn under those guys. Once Jason no longer wanted the varsity job, I thought, what the heck, why not?”

Glaza said he’s learned a lot of things through coaches Mark Krug, Jason Jurgess and Jim Quinn.

“Mark is a wonderful mentor, he’s taught me a ton about the game of basketball, how to run a program successfully,” he said. “Jason and Pat (Flannery) as well, along with Jim Quinn, when I played basketball for Bad Axe. They were very good guys to learn from, as well as coach Breault.”

“Mark has been very successful, and even Jim Quinn before that,” he added. “They’ve had some good success. They did a nice job building the program up to what it is today. There’s definitely some pressure to keep it running strong.”

Glaza plans to continue the success that Bad Ax basketball has had the last few seasons.

“I’ll have a decent coaching staff by my side this year,” he said. “We have a good core of guys back this season. We hope to have seven or eight seniors and a good core of underclassmen. The group of kids that are there play an unselfish way of basketball. I’m not looking for one guy to be the leading scorer. I may have a different leading scorer every night.”

“They’re a good group of kids that play the game the right way,” he added.

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