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After six years as softball coach, Glinz now leading Southfield baseball

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published May 7, 2015

 Southfield coach Jamie Glinz, left, is pictured at practice with Jaycen Lipsey. Glinz spent six years as the Southfield softball coach prior to this spring.

Southfield coach Jamie Glinz, left, is pictured at practice with Jaycen Lipsey. Glinz spent six years as the Southfield softball coach prior to this spring.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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SOUTHFIELD — He had spent the past six springs as head coach, in charge of the Southfield High softball program.

But as Jamie Glinz put it, he was trying to give something up, looking for a break this year.

So, following the 2014 season, Glinz, also the coach of the girls basketball team, stepped down from his duties with softball in an effort to spend more time at home after what has become a hectic winter season and schedule.

That plan didn’t last very long.

“I said I’d assist with baseball. I really wanted something with a little less pressure,” Glinz said with a laugh last week.

But when the head coaching position unexpectedly opened up, Glinz accepted, officially getting back to the sport he started with at Southfield.

“When I first got here, I coached the junior varsity and assisted the varsity,” he explained.

Baseball’s been part of his life “since I was 5,” Glinz said.

The Blue Jays skipper starred at Southfield before playing collegiately at the University of Detroit Mercy, and when he came to back Southfield to begin his coaching career, the softball and girls basketball jobs opened up, and he jumped at them.

And that coaching experience is what has helped make this transition so flawless, he said.

“Having been a head coach, knowing what goes into this and what’s required, that’s a huge help,” Glinz said. “It wasn’t something I wasn’t ready for. … I had to kind of rebuild on the fly with the way I coach. But it’s fun. I truly love it. I love seeing these kids develop and learn the game.”

The wins haven’t come in bunches yet, as Southfield was just 2-12 at press time — but improving steadily, according to Glinz.

“We lost our first game of the year 17-0,” he said. “Recently, we lost to a Rochester High team that’s one of the best in the conference 6-3. We’re seeing the improvements. This is a good group of kids. They work hard. They ask to stay after practice to take grounders or extra swings. They haven’t let our record get to them at all.”

It’s a young group, too, with four freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup.

But is it one that Glinz envisions himself working with for years to come?

“I guess that’s a possibility,” he said. “My family has to come first. I have a son playing basketball and baseball now. I’m missing some of those games. It’s a decision we have to work out in the future. …Who knows how it will all play out, but I’m enjoying this team and this year right now.”

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