Jake Elmslie – Sports Editor
Rhode Island College Men’s Basketball will open up their season this Thursday with a new man at the helm. New head coach Tom Glynn, hired over the summer, is excited to be at Rhode Island College and in his own words is “looking forward to reestablishing basketball from a winning perspective at Rhode Island College.”
Coach Glynn is no stranger to winning, he comes to RIC fresh off of a successful four year stint as the head coach of Nichols College in Dudley Massachusetts. In his time at Nichols the Bisons had the best regular season record in their conference each year, won two consecutive conference championships and managed to win a round in the NCAA national division III men’s basketball championship. Overall Coach Glynn compiled a 94-20 record during his tenure at Nichols and lead a team that was consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally amongst division III teams.
When asked why he left Nichols for RIC Coach Glynn explained that “the basketball program here at RIC has traditionally been one of the programs that I’ve always kind of kept an eye on and one that has a tradition of success in a pretty competitive conference” and that “The chance to come here and turn the program around after a couple down seasons was too good to pass up.”
Coach Glynn will be tasked with resurrecting a RIC program that won only 14 games over the past three seasons under previous head coach Mike Byrnes. According to Coach Glynn he is going to be “sticking to the same plan I had when I got to Nichols, the kids need to trust me and my blue print. Part of that is bringing in a really good recruiting class year one and to do that we need to have some success here this season.” Coach Glynn also believes that it is crucial for the team to have success early in order for players who may be disillusioned by RIC’s lack of winning over the past few seasons to buy in.
The Waltham native plans to run an up tempo system with an emphasis on strong defense and a free flowing offense. He has been impressed with how well the team has played in scrimmages up to this point and hopes these efforts carry over into the regular season.
Coach Glynn has yet to fully settle on a lineup but intends to “ride the hot hand at guard and utilize a solid three to four man rotation at forward.” To the later end he plans on utilizing players such as sophomore Adham Floyd, coming off of a 2017 Little East all rookie team selection and Freshman Deyshawn Tengbeth, an East Providence graduate whom Coach Glynn has high hopes for.
Coach Glynn has focused on establishing a culture toughness and effort. In practice he has been preaching competitiveness, they keep score of nearly everything and hone in on simulating a variety of late game situations.
When asked how he intends to reignite student interest in the Anchorman Coach Glynn explained that “if you’re winning fans will come and that includes members from the local community outside of the student body.” He believes renewed competitiveness will invigorate recruiting efforts and “give us the chance to get real players, difference makers that can put us over the top.”
RIC students will get their first chance to see the Anchorman in their season opener Thursday evening when they face off against the out of conference Fitchburg State Falcons in the Murray Center, tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.