BROOKWOOD – Members of the Brookwood High School community gathered together in the school's gymnasium to welcome its new head baseball coach, John Gluschick, on Tuesday evening.

The scoreboard also greeted the Panthers’ skipper and his family. Instead of displaying home and visitors, the board read “Coach” “Gluschick” and was accompanied by a score of 18-19. The time reflected on the clock was 20:18.

Gluschick arrives in Brookwood after three years at Sweet Water where we won back-to-back Class 1A championships in 2017-18.

“I knew Brookwood had success in the past, and I knew it was a bigger school and I was eager to do more and try to achieve some more and took it on as a challenge,” Gluschick said. “And I am a Bama fan, so I wanted to be up here, too. Sweet Water was good to me. The town is small, but it is great, kind of like here. This reminds me of a bigger Sweet Water, and so I jumped at the occasion because it just seemed like an awesome opportunity.”

Gluschick, a Montgomery native, has coached in both the AISA and the AHSAA. He won back-to-back AISA titles at Lowndes Academy in 2006-07, finished runner-up his first season in 2005 and was named the AISA Coach of the Year for three consecutive seasons. Other coaching stops include Brewbaker Tech Magnet School and Montgomery Academy.

“To me, I think this is one of the biggest hires we have made here at Brookwood,” athletic director Thad Fitzpatrick said. “This is a guy with a championship background, and winners breed winners, so I think it’s something for our kids to know this guy has already done it, and hopefully he can bring the same thing here.”

Gluschick met with players for the first time after addressing the crowd. He also introduced Ted Marshall, who will join the staff and coach the pitchers and catchers. Marshall, a Sweet Water alum, played in both the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers organization in the early 1990s. Brookwood assistant coaches Matthew Kosloff and Casey Smeraglia will also remain on staff.

“I want to say we are going to win the area. That is my job. We are going to win the area the first year, and that is what we are striving for,” Gluschick said. “And once you get into the playoffs, all you’ve got to do is get in and anything can happen, so that is what we are going to do.”

Reach Joey Chandler at joey.chandler@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0223.