INDIANOLA, Ia. – Girls’ basketball nights create a rare bond that spans two generations.
Randy Glascock played for Bert Hanson in the 1980s. His daughter, Maddie, runs the court for the same coach her father had.
Few people have a chance to coach a father and daughter. Hanson is in his ninth season at the helm of the Indianola girls’ program. He won 531 boys’ games in 37 seasons before stepping down from the Indianola boys’ job in 2003.
“It’s been kind of a blessing to watch that unfold,” Randy Glascock said.
Maddie, a junior, grew up as a neighbor to Bert, who was like a grandfather to her.
“I knew I was going to play basketball for him someday and I was very excited about it,” Maddie said.
The players share some traits.
“I see the competitiveness with Maddie the same as with her dad,” Hanson said. “But the way they play is totally different.”
Maddie is a guard. Her father played on the front line.
Randy, who graduated from Indianola in 1988, relives his own basketball memories when he returns to the gym and hears a familiar voice barking orders from the bench.
“The first thing that comes to mind was just getting after it, being tenacious and giving 100 percent no matter what,” Randy said.
Indianola took third at the state tournament in 1988. Hanson also guided the Indians to a state boys’ title in 2001.
The girls’ team (13-4) is ranked No. 10 in Class 4-A and is scheduled to play at North at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Maddie said it’s helpful to know her dad played for Hanson.
“If I don’t understand something at practice, I can come home and ask my dad,” Maddie said. “He usually knows what I’m talking about and can give me the answer.”
Randy coached youth basketball when Maddie was younger. It was convenient to have a Hall of Fame coach next door.
“I could go across the street and say, ‘What do you think?’ ” Randy said.
Hanson said his close relationship with the Glascock family taught him some lessons, too.
“I started coaching girls like I coached boys,” Hanson said. “I changed my tone, but it took a long time. I think it made Maddie play better and made me a better coach.”
Maddie has compiled a team-best 71 assists while running Indianola’s offense.
Father, daughter and coach are happy to see things come together.
“They’re a fine family and wonderful people,” Hanson said.