New Athletic Director is a Familiar Face
Rogers Glispy entered his new job as director of the College’s Athletic Department with the ease of donning a familiar and well-worn pair of running shoes; only in this case, the shoes once belonged to pro-basketball standout Ollie Johnson, Glispy’s boss for the last eight years.
While the ink was barely dry on his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Neumann University, Glispy, 33, was hired as the assistant director of Athletics in 2003. The two first met when Glispy was a star player for Community College of Philadelphia’s basketball team. Later, after Glispy received his associate’s degree and transferred to Neumann, Johnson hired him as a student intern.
“I created my own position here, and we got a lot done,” Glispy said. “I was fortunate enough to graduate in time to interview for the assistant position right out of college.”
The two men proved to be a winning team. So, it was no surprise that when Johnson retired last June, Glispy was one of the 10 finalists interviewed by the College’s search committee to replace him. “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,” said dean of Students Ronald Jackson.
As cross country team coach under Johnson, Glispy led the men’s and women’s teams to eight state championships and nine conference championships. Glispy also has been named Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association Cross Country Coach of the Year for six consecutive years.
Glispy said while many of his classmates at Neumann dreamed of working with professional teams or in an NCAA Division I program, he did not. “I always want to be at a smaller place where I can have the one-on-one time with the students,” he said.
The College also is where Glispy met his wife, Margarita. They live in Delaware and have two boys and a girl ranging in age from 5 to 9 years old.
Glispy grew up in Berlin, where his father, a member of the U.S. Army, was stationed. After graduating from high school in Germany, a then 19-year-old Glispy flew to Philadelphia with a buddy. Their plan was simple—find a job and get into a college where they could play basketball. Everything went according to plan. Shortly after arriving in Philadelphia and checking into a seedy motel on Roosevelt Boulevard, both were hired at a nearby department store. A year later, they began classes at the College and joined the basketball team.
Glispy’s game plan for the Athletic Department is equally straightforward. “We’ve grown significantly over the eight years that I have been the assistant and there really is no need to stop that trend,” Glispy said. “I want to continue to grow the department and offer our services to as many people as we can in the Philadelphia area.”