Overcoming Obstacles with National Championship Coach Glen Coblens

29m | Apr 18, 2022

Glen Coblens has over 30 years of coaching experience at youth, high school, college, professional and international levels, winning three gold medals in international competition, a National Championship, and coach of the year honors. Currently leading a youth basketball program and mentoring youth coaches, Glen has been instrumental in forming youth programs for Portland-area high schools. He founded PDX Hoops, concentrating on youth skill development. 

Along with a group of parents, Glen created Benchwarmers Basketball, now Pacific Rim Basketball, a non-profit organization for competitive traveling teams, to help youth develop as people through basketball, building it into one of the largest independent basketball clubs in the area.

Glen is a consultant for AMPlify Sports Psychology, counseling athletes, teams, coaches, parents, officials, and program directors. He developed the Competitive Skills Training (CST) program teaching athletes to incorporate visual imagery, relaxation, positive self-talk, and goal setting to enhance performance and improve self-esteem, enjoyment, and satisfaction. Building on CST, Glen created 3’s for VICTORY, a reference guide for athletes to achieve success. 

As an athlete, Glen was a member of the 1985 Wilson High School state championship basketball team where he also competed in Track & Field. In college, he played basketball and ran track for Western Oregon University. Glen has competed in several Maccabi Games winning one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in basketball, a silver medal in the half-marathon, and open water swimming. He also finished fourth in the 2017 Maccabi Man competition which included four endurance events over seven days. In 2013, Glen won a masters basketball national championship for the Multnomah Athletic Club. A top age-group competitor in triathlons, Glen completed his first Ironman, Ironman Arizona in 2019.

Glen is the President of Congregation Neveh Shalom, a board member at Maccabi USA, a co-chair of the Portland JCC Maccabi Games steering committee, and captain of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland Hood to Coast team, 2 Life, and a proud member of B’Nai B'rith Men’s Camp.

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