In 2012, Glenville State Women's Basketball Coach ‘Bunky' Harkleroad was named WVIAC coach of the year. The Lady Pioneers went 27-4, and led the NCAA in scoring at 95.4 points a game.
Harkleroad left all of that accepting a job at San Jose State University, a Division I program. His replacement Charles Marshall inherits a great team, and great expectations.
"I expect to not only get back to the National Tournament, but take them farther," said Marshall. "I'm here not because I want to come in second. We're looking to win the whole thing."
The 2013 Pioneers come into the year believed to be one of the best teams Glenville has ever had.
That kind of recognition carries high expectations.
Last year the team was nearly unstoppable. This year the Pioneers return 7 players who started 5 or more games a year ago, and features 9 seniors.
"We have a veteran team, and they want to win," said Marshall. "For me, my job is going to be easy, I've got these veteran players and they know what it takes to get to the next level because they've already accomplished a lot in their time here."
Coach Marshall has less than a month to get acquainted with his squad, the Pioneers play its first preseason game against Duke, October 30 and open the regular season at home November 8, but that shouldn't be a problem.
A former assistant under Harkleroad at Glenville State Marshall was key in recruiting the team he takes over. He said he plans to continue his predecessor's system, and hopes to continue his winning ways.
"We believe in the same philosophy," said Marshall. "And I will keep that same style going. I will add a few wrinkles here and there, but the bulk of the system will stay in place."
"The majority of the players I have recruited. I know them, and they know me, and what to expect from me. I'm just going to go in, dive right in and go straight to work," he said.