Football: Former Jonathan Alder coach Brett Glass to take over Dublin Jerome Celtics

Frank DiRenna
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As a graduate of Jonathan Alder and a longtime coach in the football program, Brett Glass knew it would take the perfect situation to convince him to coach elsewhere. 

Glass believes he has found that ideal opportunity, as he will be the next football coach at Dublin Jerome, pending school board approval. 

He will succeed Bob Gecewich, who stepped down Jan. 15 to accept the same role at Division IV Perry in northeastern Ohio. 

Glass, 36, coached Jonathan Alder the last seven seasons, with the Pioneers having a winning record each year. He served as an assistant coach for six seasons before being promoted to take over the program. 

Brett Glass

“Being a Jonathan Alder guy and being this was my first job, I wasn’t really actively looking that much,” said Glass, a 2003 graduate who played wide receiver and defensive back for the Pioneers. “I did make a list of schools when I first became a head coach where if they ever came open and the time was right, I would definitely be interested and Jerome was definitely up towards the top of that list.” 

Jonathan Alder reached the Division III playoffs five times under Glass, including advancing to the Region 11 final in 2019 and a regional semifinal last season.  

His teams went 58-17, won five league championships and were undefeated during the last two regular seasons. 

While coaching at Jonathan Alder, Glass promoted a balanced offensive attack, a plan he hopes to carry over to Jerome. 

Defensively, the Pioneers utilized a 4-2-5 base scheme. 

“Brett’s coaching philosophy and student-centered outlook make him a perfect fit for our program,” Jerome athletics director Joe Bline said. “Brett interviewed with players, parents and staff and emerged as the top choice with each group.” 

Junior David Adolph, a wide receiver and quarterback for the Celtics, was part of the interview process. 

“I’m excited,” Adolph said. “All the players are excited, too. ... I’m just ready to get to work and start working with him.

“Something he talked about is coach Gecewich left the program on a high note and he said he can take it even to a higher level, which was pretty good.” 

During Gecewich’s six-year tenure, the Celtics were 39-23 overall and 28-10 in OCC play with three league titles. Jerome won the outright OCC-Cardinal Division title in 2019 and shared the title in 2015 and 2016.  

The Celtics made four postseason appearances under Gecewich, reaching regional semifinals in 2016 and 2019. 

Glass is aware the goal is to win.

“It’s a community that has high expectations for everything – not just athletics, but academics and character,” he said. “That’s a great fit for me because I have high expectations for myself and the program I’m leading.” 

Glass is a 2008 graduate of Otterbein, where he played defensive back. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Plain City with their infant son, Crew. 

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