TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Former University of Alabama head men’s track and field coach and Alabama Sports Hall of Famer Harvey Glance has passed away.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of Harvey Glance’s passing,” current Alabama track and field head coach Dan Waters said. “Harvey left a lasting mark on our program and the sport of track and field as a whole. He impacted so many people in the track world, and his spirit will always live with us. He was such a charismatic person and always left a positive impact on everyone he encountered over the years. Harvey was a true legend in the sport.”
A world-record holder in both the 100-meter and 100-yard dash during his illustrious career as an athlete, Glance as a three-time United States Olympian, winning gold in 1976, He also earned gold at the World Championships and the Pan-American Games.
The Phenix City, Ala., native spent 19 years as a collegiate head coach, including 13 (1997-2011) at The University of Alabama, leading his student-athletes to 181 All-American honors and nine individual NCAA titles. During his Alabama tenure, he led the Crimson Tide to 10 top-10 team finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a program-best runner-up national indoor finish in 2002. Outside of his college coaching career, Glance coached multiple Olympians, including three-time 400-meter medalist Kirani James.
In 1996, Glance was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was named one of the top-100 State of Alabama’s Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century. His 27th-place ranking was based on his career statistics, level of achievements, competition and longevity. Glance was also No. 23 on Sports Illustrated’s list of the 50 Greatest Sports Figures from the State of Alabama.
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