Former World-class sprinter Harvey Glance, a 16-time All-American, three-time Olympian and 1976 gold medal winner enters his 13th season as the head coach of the men's track and field team at the University of Alabama. Since Glance has taken over the reins of the men's program at the Capstone, the Crimson Tide has found themselves ranked among the nation's best in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track finishing 12th in the inaugural John McDonnell Program of the Year Standings.
Glance turned the Crimson Tide's track program around in just a short period of time where after just three seasons, he saw 21 of 24 competitors who made the travel roster set personal best times and marks, establish numerous school records and top ten performances.
During his 12 seasons at the Capstone he has coached 75 All-Americans, including 15 in the 2002 season. He has also coached 41 SEC Champions, eight NCAA Champions, and his athletes have set 23 new school records.
Track fans around the world understand the synonymous relationships between track and the name Harvey Glance. When you think of one, the other automatically comes to mind. He is the greatest sprinter in the history of the state of Alabama and his name is forever etched in the record books for being the fastest man in the world. In 1976 he held the world record for the 100 meter dash and in 1978 he held the world record for the 100 yard dash.
He still holds the Southeastern Conference record in the 220y dash and 4x100y relay as part of Auburn's relay team. Glance is also still the co-holder of the fastest 100y dash in the SEC. During his collegiate career, he was a NCAA Champion in three events, the 60y, 100m and 200m dashes.
As head track coach, Glance feels his most important responsibility to his athletes is to see that they leave the University of Alabama with a diploma. He feels his second most important responsibility is that his athletes leave Alabama as stronger individuals. Glance compares being a head coach to being the father of a large family.
"When you are a child, you don't understand discipline and rules," said Glance. "As you grow and mature the discipline is appreciated and understood."
In his 18 years of coaching, Glance has tutored athletes to 177 All-American honors. His impressive list includes such stars as Tim Broe, Ron Bramlett, Tyson David, Kenneth Fambro, David Kimani, Cori Loving, Miguel Pate, Jeremy Taylor, Latonel Williams, as well as the Distance Medley Relay and 4x400m relay teams. All have earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships.
The most recent feather in his cap was Broe qualifying for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Broe qualified for the finals in the event where he finished 11th. Glance also saw former Crimson Tide All-American Miguel Pate compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Glance has coached athletes Bryan Howard, Clark Humphreys, Alabama's Tim Broe, David Kimani, and Ron Bramlett to NCAA Championship titles in the 55m dash indoors, the pole vault outdoors, the outdoor 3,000m steeplechase, the indoor 3,000m and 5,000m, and the outdoor 110m hurdles, respectively. Overall, Glance has seen his athletes accumulate eight NCAA titles since 2000. During the 1995-96 track season, Glance's track team earned 14 All-American honors which were the most ever won in one season until he eclipsed that mark in the 2002 season when his athletes accumulated 15 All-American honors. Also in 2002, he led the Tide to its highest national indoor ranking when they finished second. In addition to his great success, Glance has coached highly successful international track programs.
In 1994, Glance coached the World Junior Team in Lisbon, Portugal. In the summer of 1997, Glance was the head men's track coach for Team USA at the World University Games in Sicily, Italy. The team won four gold, five silver, and eight bronze medals. During the summer of 1999, Glance was the head coach of the men's track team at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada where the U.S. led in total medals won with 295. The team won five gold, eight silver, and four bronze medals, making it one of the most successful teams in history. He was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France. Glance coached the 2006 World junior Team in Beijing before returning to Beijing as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games. His most recent stint came as the head men's coach for Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
He is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Alabama Sports Festival, a position he began in 1992. In 1998, Glance was elected to the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, and Special Olympics organizations, proving his dedication and willingness to give back to the community. Glance was also selected as the chairman of USA Track and Field's 100m sprint committee.
In 1996, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. His list of accolades continued to grow in 2002 when he was named one of the top 100 State of Alabama's Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century. His rank of 27th was based on his career statistics, level of achievement, competition and longevity. He was also No. 23 on Sports Illustrated's List of the 50 Greatest Sports Figures from the state of Alabama. The former world record holder in the 100y dash is a native of Phenix City, Ala.
On top of his athletic and coaching accolades, Glance was bestowed the most prominent award of all in 2008 - the Congressional Gold Medal of Freedom. The medal is the nation's highest and most distinguished civilian award. The medal is presented both for singular acts of exceptional service and for lifetime achievement.
Before joining the Alabama staff, Glance guided Juliet Campbell while at Auburn to being named the 1993 SEC Female Athlete of the Year. He also coached Auburn's Craig Hepburn, Samuel Matete, and current assistant coach Victor Houston to Olympic competition.
The Glance File
Date Hired: September 1, 1997
Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama
High School: Central High School
College: Auburn University, 1991 (B.S. Health & Human Performance)
· The University of Alabama
o Head Coach (September 1997-Present)
· Auburn University
o Head Coach (September 1991-June 1997)
o Assistant Coach (1990-91)
· Tempe High School (Tempe, Arizona)
o Volunteer Coach (1988-89)
Accomplishments as a Head Coach
· 177 All-Americans honors
· 12 National Champions
· 6 Olympians
· 78 SEC Individual Champions
· Two NCAA Runner-up Team Finishes
· Six NCAA Top-5 Team Finishes
· Eight NCAA Top-10 Team Finishes
· 11 NCAA Top-15 Team Finishes
· 27 NCAA Top-25 Team Finishes
· Five NCAA Regional Championships
· Four SEC Freshmen of the Year
o 2002 SEC XC Co-Freshman of the Year, Peter Etoot
o 2005 SEC XC Freshman of the Year, Augustus Maiyo
o 2007 SEC Indoor Freshman of the Year, Emmanuel Bor
o 2007 SEC XC Freshman of the Year, Andrew Kirwa
· Four SEC Athletes of the Year
o David Kimani, 2000, 2001
o Emmanuel Bor, 2007
o Tyson David, 2008
· Five NCAA Regional Champions
o David Kimani, 2000, 2001, 2002
o Latonel Williams, 2003
o Augustus Maiyo, 2007
· 1993 Southeastern Conference Female Athlete of the Year, Juliet Campbell
· 2000 SEC Cross Country MVP, David Kimani
· 2001 Indoor SEC Athlete of the Year, David Kimani
· 2001 SEC Cross Country MVP, David Kimani
· 2008 SEC Cross Country Team Champions
Accomplishments as an Athlete
· Three-time member of U.S. Olympic Team, including team captain in 1980 and 1984
· Gold medal winner in the 1976 Olympics as part of 4x100m relay team
· Won Gold Medals in Pan American Games, World Cup, Goodwill Games and the World Championships
· 16-time All-American
· 100 meter dash World Record Holder (1976)
· 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist 4x100 Meter Relay
· 1976 NCAA Champion 60 yard, 100 and 200 meter
· 1977 SEC Champion 60 yard, 100 and 200 meter
· 1977 NCAA Champion 100 meter
· 1978 SEC Champion 60 yard, 100 and 200 meter
· 1978 World Record Holder 100 yard
· 1979 Pan-American Games Gold Medalist 100 meter and 4x100 relay
· 1976 Olympic Team Member
· 1980 Olympic Team Captain
· 1984 Olympic Team Captain
· 1985 World Cup Gold Medalist 4x100 meter relay
· 1986 Goodwill Games Gold Medalist 4x100 meter relay
· 1987 World Championships Gold Medalist 4x100 meter relay
· 1988 Olympic Team Liaison
· 1996 Inducted to Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
· 1988 Vice President of USA Track and Field
· 1988 President of Athletes Advisory Committee
· 1988 United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors
· 1992 Member of Executive Committee Alabama Sports Festival
· 1994 Head Coach, World Junior Championships-Lisbon
· 1996 Member Advisory Council U.S. Olympic Team
· 1997 Head Coach, World University Games-Sicily
· 1999 Head Coach, Pan-American Games-Winnipeg
· 2000 United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Apparel Committee
· 2003 Assistant Coach, World Championships-Paris
· 2006 Head Coach, World Junior Championships-Beijing
· 2008 Assistant Coach, Olympic Games-Beijing
· 2009 Head Coach, World Championships-Berlin