LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Wes Kittley announced Thursday the addition of Zach Glavash as an assistant coach to his staff. Glavash, who was an All-American in the 800m while at Texas Tech, most recently served as an assistant at Texas for two years. He oversaw the sprints, relays and hurdles group for the Longhorns.
"I cannot thank Coach Kittley enough for bringing me back to my alma mater," said Glavash. "This is the second time I have moved to Lubbock for him. Coach Kittley and his staff have done an amazing job in making Tech a national power. The facilities here are world-class, and the staff has done an incredible job in finding the formula that makes Tech successful. I cannot wait to add to that."
"I'm so excited to bring back a Red Raider and Texas Tech graduate," Kittley said of his former student-athlete. "He's somebody that I've personally coached who loves the school and loves what we're all about. It's just really exciting to be able to bring Zach back."
Glavash will be brought on to assist Calvin Robinson, whose men's sprints, relays and hurdles group produced six Big 12 titles in addition to the group's first-ever NCAA Outdoor title in 2017-18. Glavash expressed excitement at the opportunity to coach with Robinson, who will now be elevated to Men's and Women's Sprints & Hurdles Coach.
"I have recruited and coached against Coach Robinson while at Texas," Glavash said. "He has continued to elevate the performance of the Texas Tech sprint group into one of the best in the NCAA. I cannot wait to work alongside him."
"Zach brings a lot to the table," Robinson said. "We're definitely happy he's on board. We want to let Zach bring his skill set to the men's team and get the women's team to where we want them to go."
Glavash, who earned both a bachelor's and master's degree at Texas Tech, was promoted to an assistant coaching role at Texas in 2017 after serving one year as a volunteer assistant for the Longhorns. That same year, Glavash helped the Longhorn men's team to a sweep of the Big 12 Championships. His sprints group contributed a combined 65 points between the conference's indoor and outdoor championship meets. On the women's side, the Longhorns won five of their seven events at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in 2016.
Glavash has proven to be one of the best recruiters in the country. Notable Longhorn runners Glavash recruited to Texas include Micaiah Harries, who won the Big 12 indoor 400m as a freshman, as well as Senoj-Jay Givans, whose personal-record 9.96 in the 100m ranks as the ninth fastest in collegiate history.
Glavash made his way to Austin by way of Knoxville, where he spent two years as an assistant for Tennessee. While there, he served a critical role in recruiting efforts while also coaching the sprints and relays group.
While at Tennessee, Glavash recruited and signed Christian Coleman, one of the sport's all-time greatest. In his time as a Volunteer, Coleman went on to break the NCAA records in the 60m and 100m en route to winning the 2017 Bowerman Award. Coleman owns the UT record in the indoor 60m and 200m as well as the outdoor 100m and 200m. At the 2017 SEC Championships, he became the first-ever athlete to record a sub-10 second 100m and sub-20 second 200m on the same day. Coleman owns four of the world's ten known wind-legal sub-10 second 100m times. Glavash also signed to Tennessee sprinter Nathan Strother, who holds the school record in the 400m, and Mustaqeem Williams, who won the SEC Indoor 200m Championship in 2018.
Glavash began his full-time coaching career in the Mid-American Conference, where he coached the Eagles of Eastern Michigan for two years. He helped produce four MAC Champions during his tenure in Ypsilanti. Prior to his role at EMU, he worked as a volunteer assistant for Texas A&M's sprints, hurdles and relays group. He was a part of their men's and women's NCAA Championship teams during the 2010-11 season.
Glavash's journey as a coach originally started at Texas Tech after he finished his bachelor's in human development in 2008. He worked for Kittley as a graduate assistant while earning his master's in exercise and sport science through the 2010 season.
Prior to joining Kittley and his staff at Tech, Glavash was an accomplished runner under the longtime Red Raider head coach. In his one year in Lubbock, Glavash won the 800m at the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Championships, eventually going on to become a Second-Team All-American after finishing ninth at the NCAA Championships. During the indoor season, he was a First-Team All-American in the 800m after recording a school-record 1:46.80. He also holds the program record in the 1,000-yard.
"He was just a tremendously tough kid," Kittley said, recalling his time coaching Glavash. "He's gritty, and I think you're going to see that when he's recruiting and the same when he's coaching."
Glavash also ran two years in the Big Ten while competing at Illinois. He won a conference title in the indoor 600-yard as a sophomore before going on to win the outdoor 800m. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2005.
Kittley believes Glavash's decorated career will serve him well when it comes to relating to the student-athletes at Texas Tech.
"He's a great personality that will get along with the kids," said Kittley. "He has been in their shoes. He's had an opportunity to be an All-American, Big 12 Champion and school record holder. Those things are going to give a lot of clout and credibility to him when he walks in the door."
With the hiring of Glavash, James Thomas will be elevated to Associate Head Coach of the Red Raider track & field program. Formerly the Associate Head Men's Coach, Thomas has spent the past six years coaching jumps and combined events. His new role will, in title, officially recognize him as the first assistant to Kittley overseeing the men's and women's programs. Kittley believes the title change will "clean up" the distinctions amongst the staff. Thomas, who had already been coaching the women's jumpers, agrees:
"I think what this does is allow me to put everything under one umbrella," Thomas said of his new title. "I've been blessed and fortunate to be the Associate Head Men's Coach, and now to have the women's title with that is a testament to what Coach Kittley has done here and the faith that he's put into his assistants to help lead the way."
In the 2017-18 season, his jumps and combined events team captured four Big 12 Championships. Six jumpers and one heptathlon competitor combined to earn All-America status 11 times last year. In 2017, Thomas coached the Red Raiders into the NCAA record books as the first program to claim three-consecutive high jump titles.
Robinson, too, will officially work with the women in his new role. Previously the Men's Sprints Coach, Robinson will take the women's sprints group under his wing. They are coming off a year in which the 4x100 team qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time since 2013.
"I am really excited about getting to work with the women," he said. "That was a big thing for us as we sat down and talked about the title changes. I'm very happy [Coach] Kittley trusts me to do it. I'm looking forward to taking the recent development of the women's sprinters to the next level."