The timing was perfect for Allen Glunt to take on the men’s basketball coaching position at Brebeuf Jesuit. The timing was, well, not perfect to quit his job at Tri-West.
“It was a really tough thing to deal with emotionally,” Glunt said. “Having the opportunity to come to Tri-West and start to feel good about where we started to go, it was hard to leave. On the other hand, it’s been less than a full calendar year since I left Brebeuf, so now is a great time to come back to a great place.
Glunt, after leading Tri-West to a 15-10 record last season, was officially named coach at Brebeuf on Friday. The position was opened when his former mentor, Todd Howard, stepped down last month after eight seasons. Glunt was an assistant at Brebeuf from 2007-2012, then spent a year as an assistant at Western Boone and two years as an assistant at Wabash College before returning to Brebeuf from 2015-21 as a university assistant , academic advisor and junior university coach.
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Glunt said he had no indication that Howard was leaving after the season, saying the opening “came out of the blue for me.” But the combination of coming back as a coach and working as an educational advisor was enticing.
“Basketball is a driving force in all of this,” he said. “But also being back in the building to work with the students is an important factor for me. I work in consulting and these jobs are very often associated with coaching. For me, there is no place like Brébeuf. I think it’s the best place you can be. And to inherit Todd’s basketball program, I know it’s on really solid ground. There are not many unknowns in this work.
Glunt knows the staff well, although there will be plenty to replace from last year’s 18-8 squad. Brebeuf, a Class 3A program, graduates its top six scorers, including Miami of Ohio rookie Billy Smith. But the players who will be seniors were sophomores from the JV team that Glunt coached two years ago.
“It’s going to be a bit of a retool,” he said. “There will be some growing pains when you talk about playing in Marion County. We graduated a huge senior class, but I know a lot of these guys coming back and there are a few additions.
As an assistant, Glunt was part of programs that won sectional championships in 2010, 2016 and 2020 and helped the program to three Circle City Conference championships. The Sheridan native graduated from Franklin College, where he played basketball and worked as a student assistant, in 2007. He and his wife, Maureen, reside in Whitestown with their two daughters, Vivian, 5, and Lena, 4 years.
Glunt’s staff aren’t fully trained, but he said Antoine Carpenter, Dalton Vachon and Bruce Heldt have signed up.
For the second time in two years, Tri-West has a coaching position to fill. Adam Bontreger resigned at the end of June last year after winning five section titles and a regional championship during a 12-year run. Tri-West hired former Center Grove AD Scott Knapp as athletic director earlier this month.
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