After the Raiders football team endured a tough season last year, Mike Glaze became the new coach in March and has been working since then to change the mentality of his athletes.
Some of the athletes have already been impressed with Glaze's approach, including quarterback Dominique Lawson, who will be a senior next season.
“It's a slow process, but once the team and the new coach get on the same page, it's smooth sailing,” Lawson said. “My first impressions were that he seems to have a goal and many ways to get that goal.
“He never seemed like he had missed a step and already had everything planned out,” he said.
Glaze now has his first head coaching gig after spending the past six seasons with Cedar Hill. He was the offensive coordinator since 2010 and helped the Longhorns reach the state final the last three years, winning it all the past two.
The Longhorns averaged 36.3 points per game in 2013 and 47.4 in 2014. The Raiders averaged 14.2 points last season and finished 2014 with a 1-9 record.
But Glaze is hopeful to bring a championship mentality to a program thirsting for success. Bell made the playoffs in 2013, capping a run of four straight appearances, but hasn’t made it out of the first round in any of the past 13 trips.
“I decided to take the Bell job because of the opportunity to be a head coach at the 6A level where I knew that I would have many of the pieces in place to be successful,” Glaze said.
“Excited is not even the word. I am ecstatic about the opportunity at Bell. It has been everything I dreamed of and more so far,” he said.
Glaze takes over for Mark Smith, who left to work for SMU’s program in a recruiting and offensive analyst capacity.
After having so much success at Cedar Hill, Glaze said he is thankful for his time with the Longhorns, but that has already warmed up to the Bell community.
“Tough to put into words what my time at Cedar Hill meant to me,” he said “The relationships, championship experience are what gives me confidence that I can do this job and be successful.
“The Bell community has been awesome. They are hungry for success and the athletes and parents have really seemed to 'buy in' to what we're trying to do,” Glaze said.
Glaze has also served as the offensive coordinator at Pflugerville Connally and offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Weatherford.