Caltech head basketball coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger has added three new assistants to his staff, including paid assistant Derek Glasser and volunteer assistants Eli Horowitz and Andrew Sherman.
A southern California native, Glasser was a standout point guard at Artesia High School and Arizona State University. In high school, he played for Scott Pera, now the head coach at Rice. At ASU, he was a four-year starter for Herb Sendek and graduated as the Sun Devils’ all-time leader in games played. He was also the first player in school history to accumulate more than 1000 points and 500 assists in a career while setting the mark as ASU’s leader in free throw percentage.
Glasser was named both pre-season NIT all-tournament and Pac-10 all-tournament, and he was an all-conference honorable mention. After graduating with a degree in communications in 2010, he played pro basketball in Israel for Maccabi Haifa and in Estonia for Kalev Cramo.
“Coach Glasser is a tremendous person to have in our program,” Eslinger said. “His high-level playing experiences and basketball IQ will help our guys develop immediately. He’s had outstanding mentors during his career and I know he is excited about working with us.”
Horowitz comes to Pasadena from New York City, where he earned his master’s of science degree in journalism from Columbia University this past spring. He has covered the 2016 NBA Draft, 2017 WNBA Draft, 2016 NBA Summer League and currently analyzes NBA X’s and O’s for multiple outlets. Before attending Columbia, Horowitz was one of the founding boys’ varsity basketball coaches at Achievement First University Prep in Brooklyn during the 2015-2016 season. After serving as an assistant, he took over as head coach and led the team to an 11-4 record on the AAU circuit in New York, helping multiple players earn offers to play collegiately.
Horowitz also served as the head girls’ varsity basketball coach at Potomac High School in Prince George’s County, Md. for three seasons from 2012-2015. Having inherited a program with just six players, he built up a competitive program that added a junior varsity team and totaled 25 players, including one who earned a Division I scholarship. During his tenure in the DMV area, Horowitz also coached with Metro Celtics AAU, where he worked with players who went on to play at the DI, D2, D3, NAIA and JUCO levels.
In addition to his MS in journalism, Horowitz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University, graduating in 2012. During his junior year, he studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he played basketball for the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.
“Coach H brings a unique background to Caltech,” Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. “His high-level academic experiences, love for basketball and ability to analyze and report on nuances of the game are extremely valuable to our scholar-athletes and community. Additionally, his ties to Chicago, DC, and New York are very beneficial.”
Previously, Sherman worked at Salem State College in Massachusetts for Brian Meehan (currently head coach at Brandeis) where he assisted in the recruitment of players and scouting of opponents. He also was an assistant for the Springfield Spirit, a WNBL women’s semi-professional team that included Swin Cash, Kara Wolters and Cindy Blodgett (current associate head coach at Boston University). Sherman aided with strategies and maintained in-game statistics. Born and raised in New England, Sherman is a Syracuse University graduate and an avid Boston sports fan.
“We’re excited about Coach Sherman being a part of our program,” Head Coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger said. “Not only will he serve a positive mentor to our players, he loves the game and has experience at the DIII and pro levels.”