Kest Adds Glenn Box to Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron head women's basketball coach Jodi Kest announced the addition of Glenn Box to the Zips' coaching staff Thursday.
Box brings multiple seasons of junior college head coaching experience and several years of Division I assistant coaching experience to the Akron bench. He will primarily work with the program's post players and serve as the team's defensive coordinator. Box will also oversee junior college recruiting, scheduling, and be the liaison for strength and conditioning.
"We are excited to have Glenn join the Akron women's basketball family," Kest said. "His head coaching experience at the junior college level, assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, and familiarity with the Mid-American Conference will be assets for our program. Glenn is a coach with lots of passion, energy and drive. I am certain our student-athletes will enjoy working with Glenn immensely."
Box spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Louis University of the Atlantic 10. He had previously spent two seasons as an assistant at Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan.
Prior to becoming an assistant at the Division I level, Box coached at Rend Lake College for six seasons. He spent his final three seasons at the school as the head women's basketball coach, leading the Warriors to a 64-31 overall record. His teams topped four nationally-ranked opponents in his three seasons at the helm.
Box was an assistant coach for the Rend Lake men's basketball team for three years before taking over the women's program. In his second season, Rend Lake finished with a program-best record of 24-8 and was ranked as high as No. 16 in the NJCAA national poll.
Box was instrumental in helping numerous Rend Lake student-athletes continue their basketball and academic careers at four-year institutions.
"I am thrilled to join the UA family," Box said. "I look forward to working with the staff and student-athletes as we pursue a MAC Championship."
A native of Cairo, Ill., Box began his coaching career at Cairo High School as an assistant women's varsity basketball coach.
Box holds an associate's degree in elementary education from Rend Lake and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Missouri State. He is the father of sons Darius, 18, and William, 17, and daughter Auna, 11. Box and his wife Angela have been married for 15 years.