The Bellefonte boys’ basketball program has a new leader.
The school board approved Kris Glunt as the head of the program at its monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Glunt is a former football and basketball athlete at Bellefonte, graduating in 2000, and had previously served as an assistant coach for the Red Raiders.
“It’s very special to be able to come back and lead your alma mater,” Glunt said in a phone interview Tuesday night.
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He takes over for Darin Hazel, who had guided the program the last five seasons, finishing with a 6-17 record this past year.
The 2004 Lock Haven University graduate began coaching the Red Raiders as a member of Danny Miller’s staff in 2006, serving until 2012 as a part of Hazel’s staff. Glunt then went to Moshannon Valley for the last three years, turning a program that had been 1-63 over the previous three seasons into a 16-8 mark this past year, making the District 6 quarterfinals.
While he didn’t want to leave the Black Knights program, he’s glad to cut down on the commute to coach, especially with a couple young children at home.
“It’s very bittersweet,” Glunt said. “I’m very excited about the opportunity, but I had a great experience at Moshannon Valley. It’s always exciting to return home, exciting to lead your alma mater.”
Glunt also works as the DDAP Systems Coordinator at Penn State EpisCenter, in a project to help curb drug and alcohol abuse.
While he is looking forward to the coming season, he is especially eager to face Penns Valley — coached by his uncle, Terry Glunt. The longtime Rams coach is a resource and sounding board for the new Raiders leader.
“It’s going to be great,” Kris Glunt said. “I’m a little biased, but he’s one of the best in the business. You know when you go against his teams they’re going to be disciplined, they’re going to be well coached, and it’s going to be a great measuring stick for us.”