After announcing his retirement after last weekend’s CIF Division 2 Championship game, longtime Parker baseball coach David Glassey was selected for induction into the California Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Upon learning of the honor, Glassey reflected on some of the highlights of his coaching career, stating “I’ve always enjoyed the challenge that comes with coaching and watching players come together as a team. Coaching has given me the opportunity to help them deal with failure. Baseball is a game of failure, and you fail more than you succeed. I love the seeing the dedication of the players and seeing them learn many important life lessons.”
In his 38 year career, Glassey amassed a total of 612 wins, putting him the top 5 in San Diego County History. His teams won 9 CIF championships, and this season, he led the Lancers to the CIF Championship game for the 12th time in his coaching tenure. Under his leadership, the Parker baseball program has seen numerous players have opportunities to play baseball at the collegiate level. Four former Lancers are currently playing professionally. Nick Noonan ’07 and Jose Vizcaino Jr ’12 are both currently playing for the San Francisco Giants Organization. Kyle Dowdy ’15 is currently in AAA with the Detroit Tigers, and Nick Allen ‘17 was selected by the Oakland A’s in the third round of last year’s amateur draft.
“It’s been fun to see the successes of my players,” Glassey stated, “not only in baseball, but off the field as well in their lives and careers. I hope that in some way, I have influenced their success.”by Matt Morrison