Understand: Glen K. - Physical Educator, Coach & Weightlifter


Glen Kalbaugh - Physical Educator, Coach & Weightlifter (Akron, OH)

What's a quote that inspires you?

"Do something you love, and you'll never go to work a day in your life" - Zed Kalbaugh aka my dad. (Also probably someone before him)

In 5 sentences or less, what do you do in your current job? 

I currently teach PE and Health at a small school in North Eastern Ohio. I do my best to instill in the kids that I work with a passion for movement and sports that has meant so much to me, I hope to make lifetime movers. My true passion is in coaching and competing I love to compete as an athlete in any endeavor and the path that I have chosen to wholeheartedly pursue is on a 16' x 16' platform with a barbell in my hands. I coach people in order to help them be the best athletes and people they can be, to be a part of a young person's journey through sports and/or life is such an honor and a blessing.

What's a common misconception or myth about what you do?

People sometimes seem to think that all PE teachers do is roll out some basketballs and watch the kids play while they sit around. I enjoy having my kids play all sorts of different sports and teaching them the proper way to play everything so they can find something they love and pursue it. Also most days you'll find me playing with the kids rather than standing on the sideline.

What's your favorite part of your job?

The best part of my job is being able to make something click for somebody. When someone just doesn't understand what's going on or how a certain movement needs to be performed and you can give them a light bulb moment by explaining it a different way or showing them a different drill to do. The pure joy of someone finally "getting it" is awesome.

What's your least favorite part of your job?

It can be frustrating when people won't take your coaching or take certain things personally and get defensive because all you are trying to do is help them.

What's one thing you would say to someone looking to take the same career path as you?

Figure out what it is that you want to coach then pursue that field. If you want to coach football, play football a lot, if you want to coach swimming, swim a lot, if you want to coach fencing, fence a lot. Living out your own career in the sport you love goes a long way towards being able to coach it and along the way surround yourself with good coaches to learn from. Learn everything you can and be open minded, learn about all disciplines of athletics and apply principles from different things to your specific avenue.

What's your definition of success?

My definition of success in a material sense would be to do enough to provide for my family. My definition of success within my field would be to make an impact on the lives of the students and athletes that I work with. I want to be a part of their journey, through athletics, faith, and life in general. If I can pass on what I know and make a lasting impact in the lives of people that I work with and coach I would consider that a success.

If someone wanted to get in contact with you, what's the best way to do so?

Email is the best: GlenKalbaugh@gmail.com, or find me on facebook if you search my name I'm fairly certain I'm the only GlenKalbaugh alive.

Leave us with one parting piece of advice

Be yourself and do what you love. Find something that you love and pursue it with everything you have no matter what anyone tells you about the practicality of it, in laymen's terms chase your dreams and make your own path.