When I heard that Bob Glasgow was leaving Oak Grove High School, I wondered who would replace him as the school’s activities director.

When I heard that Bob Glasgow was leaving Oak Grove High School, I wondered who would replace him as the school’s activities director.
Glasgow was one of those rare individuals who could make a difficult job look easy. Like so many of the top activities directors in the area, Glasgow put the students first and protected them like a mother hen.
I think Jerry Girdner will do the same thing.
Girdner, the Panthers boys basketball coach, is the new AD at Oak Grove and he seems to be cut from the same cloth as his predecessor – who starts his new job as activities director for the Raytown School District on July 1.
Girdner’s resume was a state-of-the-art, four-color brochure that featured photos, glowing letters of recommendation and his seven-step plan for further success at Oak Grove.
“I think everything I proposed goes right along with what Coach Glasgow worked toward the last 11 years,” said Girdner, referring to Glasgow’s tenure as the school AD (he was the head wrestling coach 25 years).
The steps are simple, yet challenging.
• Create the Oak Grove High School Student Ambassador Program in which ambassadors assist the entire athletic department with varsity home football games.
• Lead Oak Grove High School to its first Leadership School Status.
• Improve the district’s activity calendar to include all events and practice times.
• Implement a Panther Alert program to communicate important information about the Oak Grove School District sent as text messages directly to a mobile phone, wireless PDA or pager and as e-mail.
• Implement the Oak Grove High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee to recognize individuals for their service to the school’s athletic program. 
• Implement Champions Night at home events, an effort to promote educational athletics by showcasing some of the great teams of past years.
• Create a sports information archive at Oak Grove.
He’s a man with a plan and the right man to take over for the legendary Glasgow. I bet the man who is synonymous with Panther athletics is as impressed with the hire as I am.

• Ross Taylor, the former Blue Springs South High School and Fike baseball player, is finding out what life is like on the road.
He’s spending the summer working as a “paid intern” for country music superstar Mark Miller, the lead singer and front man for Sawyer Brown.
“I’m a glorified roadie,” said Taylor, who was dropped off by the Sawyer Brown tour bus in Odessa, Mo., where he was picked up by his father, Rick Taylor.
“I just talked with Mark, and he told me he was blessed to have Ross as a part of his life this summer,” Rick said, “but I told him, we’re the ones who are blessed. Ross is having the adventure of a lifetime.”
Ross spent a few days in Nashville, working the CMT Music Festival, where hundreds of thousands of music fans gather for the chance to meet their favorite entertainers.
“I met Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift and Montgomery-Gentry,” said Ross, who spent much of the time working with up-and-coming former American Idol contender Bucky Covington.
“Here’s how crazy the fans are. There are thousands of fans lined up at the door, and when they open, the come crashing in. One woman broke her shoulder, but still got a ticket to meet Bucky and have her picture taken with him.
“She went to the hospital, got her shoulder looked at and came back in a sling. She told Bucky that nothing was going to keep her from meeting him. It was crazy.”
The Taylor family has been a longtime friend of Miller and his family. When the former Star Search winner found out Ross was looking for a job, he invited him down to his cozy, little 13,000-square foot mansion and horse farm.
“Mark’s house is bigger than most hotels I’ve stayed at,” Ross said. “One day, we’re pouring concrete, the next day I’m selling T-shirts at a concert or riding a golf cart on his estate. It’s crazy.
“I just wish every high school kid could experience the kind of summer I’ve had this year. I’ll never forget it.”
When asked if he ever got homesick, he cast a quick glance at his dad and quipped, “Not really. I just missed Tim’s Pizza.”
Ross returns back to the real world the first week of August. He plans on enrolling at Longview Community College, where he will try out for the baseball team.