By: Morgan Zinn
Gilman is excited to welcome Mr. Will Bartz ’99 back to its campus for the 2017-2018 school year. Growing up in Annapolis, Mr. Bartz attended Gilman from grades nine through twelve. While a student at Gilman, Mr. Bartz played basketball for four years and soccer for two. Upon graduating from Gilman in 1999, Mr. Bartz attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he pursued a career in finance. Also while attending Franklin and Marshall, Mr. Bartz acted as a student coach for the college’s basketball team. As an assistant coach, Mr. Bartz helped the Diplomats win two conference championships and a Final Four appearance in the 1999-2000 season in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
After graduating from Franklin and Marshall, Mr. Bartz acted on his college desire to work in finance, working as a financial advisor. However, following a death in the family, Mr. Bartz had a “life is too short moment” and decided to fulfill his hope of becoming a teacher and coach. He started his career as a teacher coach at Indian Creek High School in Anne Arundel County, starting their basketball program while simultaneously teaching math. During his twelve years at Indian Creek High School, the basketball team “went from losing games by 100 points to [winning] the ‘C’ Conference [and moving] up to the ‘B’ Conference.”
In 1995, Mr. Bartz remembers “feeling very privileged to be selected to be a student here, and [he] felt the exact same feeling when [he] got this job” in April of 2017. Upon returning to Gilman, Mr. Bartz admits that he is very glad that Gilman has maintained a ''family and community approach” to faculty and students alike. Almost immediately after being hired, Mr. Bartz began preseason workouts and coached Gilman in the St. Paul’s summer league. He was pleased to finish the summer league season with a 5-5 record, having met about thirty of Gilman’s basketball players. Although he admitted that it can be difficult coming into a new program with an entirely different team, Mr. Bartz said “it was just awesome [to have] great attitudes from the kids willing to learn.”
As a teacher, Mr. Bartz will be teaching two sections of Geometry and one section of Algebra II as well as helping Ms. Stephanie Dennis with her duties as the Upper School Learning Specialist. With Mr. Bartz returning to Gilman as both an Algebra II teacher and Geometry teacher and coaching Varsity Basketball, we are looking forward to a successful academic and athletic year.