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Glass City Athletics goes beyond! Glass City is a prestigious athletic club that offers volleyball and basketball for all athletes in Toledo and Northwest Ohio. Glass City Athletics is proud to be serving the community for the past 23 years. Our club brings numerous years of experience as the Glass City Volleyball Club was founded in 1994 and expanded in 2015 to offer the Glass City Fury club basketball teams. We provide expert training and superior experience to help our athletes achieve their personal best while encouraging teamwork and self-discipline at school, home, and on the court and field.
It is our goal to continue the company’s philosophy of developing the total male and female athlete in a competitive environment. We strive to accomplish this goal by helping our players strike their individual balance between family, academics, extra-curricular activities and sports. We provide the top players in the area, who make that commitment, the opportunity to be seen by college recruits and guide and assist them through that process.
Many of our past players have secured Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 & NAIA college volleyball scholarships. At the same time, we recognize that this is not the goal for all players. Our club is structured to help all of the athletes achieve their personal best. We offer programs for players ages 5 through 18, and offer a range of teams to accommodate a variety of expense, time and travel. Glass City Athletics prides itself on being a pure club without ties to a high school or college and is designed to be a partnership between student athletes, their parents, and our coaches who are committed to the pursuit of excellence.
We are proud to offer free player/parent consultations to discuss your child's interests in participating in off season volleyball or basketball programs. If you are interested in taking advantage of this program, please call Dana Hooper (contact information is listed above to the right side of this page). She will guide you to the best decisions for your player and family. She brings 40 years experience to these planning meetings, and most importantly puts the player first!
The Director of Glass City Athletics, Dana Hooper, has a true passion for the sport. Her experience stretches through age and sector in the sport. Dana began Glass City twenty-two years ago to give players from all schools the opportunity to play club volleyball, showing no affiliation or preference with any high school and has maintained that standard to this date.
A life-long resident of the Toledo area, she began playing volleyball at the age of 13, when the Ohio High School Athletic Association began its first State championship at Start High School. With almost fifty years of experience, she has dedicated herself in every facet of the game and her credentials are unlike any others. Dana formerly played collegiate volleyball at the University of Toledo, where she earned two bachelors’ degrees in Education and Business. After graduation, she officiated high school volleyball. After eight years of officiating she was hired as the varsity coach at Cardinal Stritch High School, where she remained for three years, winning two city championships and always working full time. After the birth of her two children, she moved to the Varsity team at St. Ursula Academy, where she turned around a 0-18 record into three back-to-back city championships. She is the only coach in the City League to win back-to-back city championships at two different high schools. Dana has been selected as Coach of the Year on four separate occasions and District Coach of the Year twice. After her third year at St. Ursula, she left to coach her daughter in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) program at St. Joseph in Sylvania and she was also on the Athletic Board. She followed her daughter to coach at Arbor Hills for two years.
She currently maintains her Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) officiating permit and will officiating for almost 40 years. She has also had the privilege of officiating the State Championship on two separate occasions.
Dana is passionate about her family and volleyball. She is a community advocate having served on the Boards of The Sight Center, The Anne Grady Center, The Ability Center of Greater Toledo and The United Health Services Rib-Off committee. She is currently a Board member of the Holland Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Dana and her husband Larry reside in Swanton and have 8 grandchildren.
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