Softball: UL volunteer coach, daughter of softball head coach, killed in wreck
Lafayette Advertiser, Jan. 24, 2019
UL softball volunteer assistant coach Geri Ann Glasco, pictured here hitting her third home run of a game against Washington for the Oregon Ducks in 2015, tragically died in an automobile accident early Thursday morning in I-10. (Photo: BRENT DRINKUT/Statesman Journal)
Volunteer assistant coach and the daughter of UL softball coach Gerry Glasco was reportedly one of the two people killed in a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 10 this morning.
The crash occurred on I-10 east at mile marker 106, just past Louisiana Avenue, according to Louisiana State Police.
Just after 1 a.m., authorities responded to reports of a crash involving five to six vehicles, including at least one 18-wheeler. Louisiana State Police told KATC that the crash happened when the 18-wheeler was unable to slow down in an active construction zone and crashed into the vehicle in front of it, starting a chain reaction of collisions.
The two drivers killed, identified as 24-year-old Geri Glasco of Arnaudville and 45-year-old Kenneth McNeil of Houston, were pronounced dead at the scene.
"We are devastated by this news, and are focused on supporting Coach Glasco and Vickie, their family and our softball program,” UL Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard said. “We all loved Geri Ann and the spirit she brought to the Ragin’ Cajuns family while positively impacting our student-athletes. We are praying for the Glasco family during this remarkably difficult time.”
Glasco came to UL to join her father as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2019 season, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 7.
KPEL reports that Glasco had recently joined the UL softball team as a volunteer assistant coach.
After coach Glasco’s first season at UL in 2018, he lost his entire coaching staff to a combination of leaving the coaching profession and accepting other positions.
One of the replacements was his daughter, who brought along impressive credentials as a player.
In 2012, Geri Ann Glasco was honored as the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a two-way performer after being named the Georgia Player of the Year. She was a four-time first-team All-State performer.
She went on to play at Georgia and Oregon and earned numerous all-region and national softball honors.
Geri Ann Glasco was also the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NPF professional softball league draft by the Akron Racers.
She began her coaching career as a student assistant at Oregon in 2017. She also has coached at Mt. Hood Community College and Sandy High School, before moving to work with her father at UL this past summer.
The softball world reacted to the tragic news on Twitter.
Penn State assistant coach and former Georgia softball player Alisa Goler Perrin said:
"My heart is broken. The Glasco family are some of the most genuine & kind-hearted people. No one deserves to ever go through this. Praying for anyone who’s path crossed in some way/shape/form with Geri Ann and her family over the years. Heaven gained a special angel today."
Alabama's Staci Ramsey tweeted: "I am praying so hard for G and the Glasco family! I was fortunate enough to have worked a camp with G and her sister Tara at Georgia, amazing people...an incredibly smart athlete and kind young lady. The softball world lost a good one today."
The National Pro Fastpitch softball league, where Geri Ann played and her father was a coach, added: "The NPF extends its deepest condolences to @RaginCajunsSB & the family of Geri Ann Glasco, who was killed this morning in a car accident. The 20th overall pick in the 2016 NPF Draft, she was a tremendous influencer of the game of softball & will be dearly missed by our community."
From Miranda Kramer, a Syracuse assistant coach who played in the NPF, tweeted: "It is a sad day in the softball world. My thoughts and prayers go out to @GerryGlasco and the UL family. Geri Ann will be so deeply missed. I will definitely be holding my loved ones a little bit tighter today!"
The crash occurred just after 1 a.m., when an 18-wheeler traveling eastbound failed to slow down when it encountered traffic in a reduced-speed construction zone. The driver struck the rear end of a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup driven by McNeil. McNeil's vehicle then struck a 2017 Ford Escape driven by Glasco, whose car struck the rear of a second 18-wheeler.
It's not known at this time if impairment was a factor in the crash; however, standard toxicology tests are pending. The driver of the 18-wheeler submitted to a breathalyzer test, and no traces of alcohol were found.
The investigation is ongoing.
The interstate reopened in that direction at around 9 a.m. Thursday.
Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.