Volume 93, Issue 32
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
Tennis coach considers leaving
REACHING WAY DOWN FOR THE WIN. Unfortunately, down the final stretch, Western was unable to capture the Ontario University Athletics tennis crown from eventual winners - McMaster University.
By Wes Brown and Anthony Thomas
The Western Mustang men's tennis team faced the possible loss of head coach Anthony Glavanic last weekend, who said he has grown tired of having his coaching integrity questioned.
For much of the Mustang's weekend, the focus seemed to be on lineup changes made by Glavanic before the tournament began Friday.
Glavanic said he was informed late Thursday night that although he would be able to keep his singles positioning, he would not be able to switch his number one and two doubles teams.
According to a new Ontario University Athletic rule, team lineups must be submitted to the convenor 48 hours before competitions, said OUA tennis convenor and York University head coach Eric Bojesen. He said this rule was put in place to prevent teams from changing their lineups up to the last minute.
Because of the rule, Bojesen added he also asked two other university teams to change their lineups. "There were complaints from various players and coaches taking part in the finals about Western and the other two teams. I can't say who complained, but there was enough concern," Bojesen said. "The other two coaches were more than happy to switch their lineups back to their original rankings and they did it voluntarily. Mr. Glavanic was the only coach who did not do it voluntarily."
Glavanic said the OUA tennis rules state it is the coach's decision to put their best team forward, a move he felt he had every right to act on. "If I'm not allowed to [change the lineup] why don't they just make the lineup for me part of coaching is gamesmanship. Part of coaching is to rattle the opponent," he said. "These [OUA officials and coaches] are on me every year to the point that [I am] considering quitting this year. This is our part time job it's supposed to be fun."
Although victorious over the University of Toronto in the semi-finals 4-2, Western lost to McMaster University in the finals, 4-1.
McMaster captain Vas Pivrnec said he was pleased with the win against the Mustangs, but also brought up the Western lineup issue. "They switched around their lineup a little bit, which threw us off, but everybody just had to really suck it up and come through with the goods," he said.
He added his entire team was unhappy with Western's player movement. "They did that last year with their one and two against Queen's [University] and came out on top, but I mean, in this situation I'd like to think that you've got to do it straight up. I know their coach Glavanic is really competitive and sometimes it gets the best of him."
Western team member Jamie Dunnett said he was both shocked and upset by the possibility of losing Glavanic.
"What [the OUA has] to do is set the rules absolutely clear. We abided by the rules the whole year. That strategy stuff, whether it was the right thing to do or not, is irrelevant we did go by the rules. If they are going to bitch, they have to change the rules."
Glavanic said the only reason he would consider staying on as coach is for the love of the game and his team. "Part of me wants to stay, but [this situation] is telling me to go."
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