Mustangs ride into season

Posted by Michael Glick on Nov 30 2018 at 04:00PM PST


 Meade High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are set to begin the season with hopes of building on successful campaigns the year before.There will be changes and challenges for each team to meet.On the boys’ side, Mike Glick comes in to take over for outgoing coach Pete Corriero, who took the Mustangs to back-to-back 4A state championship games in 2014 and 2015, winning the first championship in school history the first trip.“[Corriero] came in and won a state championship after they hadn’t won one in over 40 years [of existence],” said Glick, who retained Corriero’s entire coaching staff.“So I’m not trying to come in here and replace everything that’s being done.”Glick himself comes in with an impressive resume.Entering his 26th year as a basketball coach, Glick has overseen successful high school programs at Archbishop Spalding, St. Vincent Pallotti and most recently Gwynn Park, where he coached the last 12 seasons.“Coming into a new program, every season is different, whether you’re at the same school or a different school,” Glick said. “Coming into Meade, we only have one person who played last year.“I’m trying to keep a lot of things that Coach ‘C’ kept in place. But it’s more of a reload-rebuild. We’re going to play with six sophomores and a freshman, so it’s a very young team.”That returning player is senior forward Tre’ Dunn, whom Glick called “without question” the Mustangs’ best player.“A lot of our success will fall upon Tre,” Glick said. “He’s been a great leader to the younger players — highly intelligent kid. There’s no question he’ll play at the next level. I’ve been very impressed with him.”Counting On YouthGlick praised sophomore point guard TJ Speight, who established his place on the team after Corriero brought him up from JV late last season.“I think he’s going to be one of the premier up-and-coming guards in the county,” he said. “I think he’ll kind of burst onto the scene.”Guard Andre Campbell has also turned heads, Glick said. He will be just the third freshman Glick has tapped for a varsity squad in his entire coaching career.Beyond Speight and Campbell, Glick said he has several young guys who have the potential to step up.“Without question, the make-or-break factor [for our season] is getting better every day,” he said. “If we can get better every day and we’re playing our best basketball at the end of the season, we can definitely make a run.”Glick has made his name as a defensive coach. Cornerstones of his system include pressing, trapping and incorporating multiple defenses, he said.But perhaps the biggest shift in strategy will be Glick’s zone schemes.“I probably play a lot more zone than Meade has played in the past,” Glick said. “I’ve always been a zone coach, definitely play variations of zones. That’ll be a little bit different, whereas [Corriero] was more of a man-to-man guy. There will be a lot of zone pressure.”Besides buying into his system, the Mustangs will have to learn quick under Glick, whose philosophy is to “throw them to the wolves,” he said.To that end, Meade has scrimmaged against Baltimore City College and Zadok Magruder High School and will wrap up its preseason against Frederick Douglass (Prince George’s) before the season tips off with a road game against Oxon Hill on Dec. 6.Each of those programs has at least one state championship game appearance since the turn of the century and boasts seven championships between them during that same time frame.“A lot of this is going to show them what it takes, the hard knocks,” Glick said. “Can they get better? Can they get stronger? I really think they can, and if they do, I think you’ll see a lot of the younger players grow up very, very quickly. By the time we get to January and February, we could be playing some good ball.”


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