A former collegiate softball star and volunteer assistant coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette died in a multi-vehicle car accident in Louisiana on Thursday morning.
Geri Ann Glasco, the 24-year-old daughter of UL softball coach Gerry Glasco, was one of two people killed on Interstate 10. The other person identified was Kenneth McNeil. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
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 crash occurred on I-10 east at mile marker 106, just past Louisiana Avenue, according to Louisiana State Police.
“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 joined her father as a volunteer assistant coach for this upcoming 2019 season.
As a freshman at Georgia, where she played for two years, Glasco was the SEC co-Freshman of the Year and third-team NFCA All-American after hitting .363 with 19 homers and 61 RBIs.
Glasco transferred to the Oregon Ducks for her final two years of eligibility. There, she became a two-time first team all-region performer.
Glasco was also the 20th overall pick in the 2016 National Pro Fastpitch professional softball league draft by the Akron Racers.
Glasco began her coaching career as a student assistant at Oregon in 2017. She also has coached at Mt. Hood Community College (Oregon) and Sandy High School (Oregon). .