After leading the Beaufort High School girls track team to the Class 3-A state championship in the spring and earning the 3-A Girls Coach of the Year honor from the state's track coaches, Herbert Glaze was named the state's Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year on Sunday night by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.
Glaze could not make Sunday's event because of family issues but will receive his award Wednesday at a track and field coaches meeting in Greenville.
"It's a great big honor to receive such an award," Glaze, who also won the award in 2002, said Monday night.
Glaze is the father of the Beaufort High girls track program, starting the team for the 1975-76 school year.
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The Eagles won their first region championship in 1978 and in Glaze's 29 years at the helm have won 25 region championships, nine state championships and finished runner-up twice.
A member of several halls of fame, Glaze said al the credit belongs to the girls.
"I've been fortunate to have some good girls, great athletes," he said. "There are a lot of good coaches out there in 1-A, 2-A, 3-A and 4-A. To be chosen for this, to be voted on by your peers is such a big honor."
Glaze said he's nearing the end of his career, though. He plans to retire after the upcoming school year. He will have been in the Beaufort County schools for 44 years and will have been a head coach for 40 of those.
"As of today," Glaze said, "I have more than 50-something young adults to have gone to college on full track scholarships. I know the cost of tuition. That's what's important -- academics. That's the real accomplishment.