When John McGlothin accepted a job at Wes-Del Elementary School, he was only looking for a teaching job closer to his home in Yorktown. He didn’t know he would soon become the boys basketball coach for the high school in his district.
McGlothin was unanimously approved at a Tuesday school board meeting as the new coach at Wes-Del. He replaces Joel Roush, who had a 24-82 record in five seasons with the Warriors. Roush recently resigned his coaching position. McGlothin most recently served as an assistant coach at Jay County. He also spent five years as head coach at Blackford, where he went 20-85.
“Sometimes you feel like things happen for a reason,” McGlothin said. “I really like Joel, who was here before. And Joel’s a good coach. So, I had really just came here with the idea of being a teacher. And when the opportunity for basketball opened up, it just kind of seemed to work.”
McGlothin said he plans to borrow bits and pieces of the systems he’s learned from the various coaches he’s worked for. He served as an assistant for Jay County’s Craig Teagle and former Yorktown coach Joe Bradburn, among others.
He said he’s already met with his players and plans to spend the summer working with them on fundamental skills. McGlothin said he then plans to develop his system based on the strengths of his personnel.
“We’re going to play fundamental, I know that,” McGlothin said. “We’re going to do things the right way. It’s going to be team-oriented. What style that is, we’ll see what best fits us this summer.”
The Warriors finished last season with a 7-14 record.
Wes-Del athletic director Kye Denney said McGlothin’s experience made him stand out in the search process.
“(He) coached at a variety of schools for a number of really successful coaches,” Denney said. “So his experience, for sure, stood out.”
McGlothin inherits a program that last had a winning season in 2007-08, when the Warriors went 14-8. He said he sees potential for his team moving forward. But he wants to take his time to see the program really blossom.
“You can go in and try to make a quick fix and win, and you do it at the expense of the program,” he said. “Or you can set things up for success in the long run. And that’s what we’re going to try to do. This is my 19th year coaching at some level of varsity basketball. So I’m not using this job now as a stepping stone. I need to be close to my family. I need to be somewhere that I know I’m going to be from year to year.
“So for me, what I want to do, is go in and set us up for success every year.”