New Athletics Director at Community College of Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, July 13, 2011—Rogers Glispy of Wilmington, Delaware has been named the new Director of Athletics at Community College of Philadelphia, replacing former NBA player Ollie Johnson, who retired June 30.
Glispy, 33, is a familiar face at the College having served as the department’s assistant director since 2003. He received his Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management from Neumann University. Thus, he brings a wealth of knowledge about the College’s student population, athletics and intramural and extramural activities.
Glispy worked as an intern for Johnson while attending Neumann, and was hired as Johnson’s permanent second-in-command right after his graduation. He also served as coach of the cross-country track teams that under his leadership have won eight state championships and nine state conference championships. As a result, Glispy has been named Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association Cross-Country Coach of the Year six times.
Ronald Jackson, the College’s Dean of Students, said a search committee interviewed 10 top candidates from among the dozens of applicants. “In the end, we felt Rogers brought institutional knowledge as well as a good sense of where the department needs to go to improve, not just athletically but academically,” Jackson said.
Working at Community College of Philadelphia and following in his mentor’s footsteps is a dream come true for Glispy. The urban community college has felt like home from the beginning, he said.
It was a lucky find. Glispy grew up and attended school in Berlin, Germany, where his father, a U.S. Army soldier was assigned. After graduating from high school, Glispy and a buddy decided to fly to the United States, find jobs, and get into a college where they could play basketball. They chose Philadelphia as a destination because the buddy had distant relatives here.
It was a simple plan that could have gone wrong in so many ways. Miraculously, everything went according to plan. The day after they arrived in Philadelphia and checked into a seedy motel on Roosevelt Boulevard, both were hired at a nearby Sears department store. A year later, they enrolled in Community College of Philadelphia, where Glispy immediately joined the basketball team.
He even met his wife, Margarita, at the College when she was a student. The couple and their three children – two boys and a girl ages five to nine – live in Wilmington, Delaware.
Glispy does not plan any immediate changes for the Athletics Department. “We’ve grown significantly over the eight years I’ve been the assistant and there really is no need to stop that trend,” Glispy said of the Athletics Department. “I want to continue to grow the department and offer our services to as many people as we can in the Philadelphia area.”