A familiar face will be managing the Panthers this summer as former player D’Vante Glenn will take over for Isaac Valdez.
Glenn officially signed on to manage the ballclub just prior to the 2022 season. Former manager, Valdez, will be on-hand during the early portion of the season to assist Glenn through the transition. The relationship the two have had has been a source of great guidance for Glenn.
“He [Valdez] helped me become more confident in the things that I say the actions that I do on the field whether playing or coaching,” Glenn said.
Glenn played for Crestwood for two seasons in 2019 and 2020. He believes his previous experience with the Panthers will help him in this new position.
“Being a part of the league has given me knowledge of how it is run,” Glenn said. “It definitely is a comfortable feeling.”
Aside from Crestwood, Glenn brings a solid resume of collegiate playing and coaching experience to the ballclub. He played at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa before moving to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to finish his collegiate career. He also spent time in the Northwoods League to finish his playing career.
As a coach, he has been an assistant at Coe College. He was most recently an assistant at Olive Harvey alongside Valdez
Glenn’s coaching philosophy revolves around making sure the players have fun. He looks to make his players play with as little tension as possible.
“I feel like a lot of guys put a lot of pressure on themselves,” Glenn said. “If you’re playing tense, you’re not going to play your best.”