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Bama’s track coaches to be inducted into Drake Relays Hall of Fame

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake Relays Hall of Fame announced its 2011 inductees today and the University of Alabama head men's track and field coach, Harvey Glance, will be the first person to be enshrined as both a coach and an athlete. Sandy Fowler, the head women's track and field coach at Alabama, will join Glance as one of the coaches to be inducted.

Glance, a former world-class sprinter, 16-time All-American, three-time Olympian, former world record holder in the 100-meter dash and 1976 gold medal winner, is in his 13th season leading the Alabama men's track and field program.  During his first 12 seasons (1998-present), he has coached 75 All-Americans, including 15 during the 2002 campaign.  He also has instructed 41 Southeastern Conference (SEC) champions and eight NCAA champions.  In his 18 years of coaching, he has tutored student-athletes to 177 All-America accolades.

Glance was inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame as an athlete in 1987 after his distinguished career at Auburn.  As a college freshman in 1976, Glance won the 100-meter dash in a then- record time of 10.01, while also running on the 4x200m relay team that captured a title in 1:23.89. 

A year later, his 4x200m relay squad defended its title before winning another crown as a member of the 4x100 relay team in 1978.

While serving as head coach at Alabama during Drake Relays, his teams have claimed nine Drake Relays titles. He also served as head coach of the Unites States National team at the 1997 World University Games, 1999 Pan American Games, 2009 World Championships and as assistant coach of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

Glance's resume is vast when it comes to coaching experience, not only in collegiate athletics, but also on the national and international stage.  In 1994, he served as the head men's track coach for Team USA at the World University Games in Sicily, Italy and in the summer of 1997 coached the World Junior Team in Lisbon, Portugal. During the summer of 1999, Glance again 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. His most recent international coaching stint came as the head men's coach for Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Fowler, a former world-class thrower, four-time All-American, National Champion and Olympian is in her 13th campaign directing the Alabama women's track and field program.  In her initial 12 seasons she has coached 30 student-athletes to All-America status, including Beth Mallory, the Crimson Tide's first-ever women's NCAA champion in the discus in 2005.

Fowler has coached one NCAA champion and 11 Southeastern Conference champions at Alabama (1998-present).  Under her guidance, Beau Walker was named outstanding women's performer of the 2004 Drake Relays after winning both 100m and 400m hurdles and anchoring the winning university 4x100m shuttle hurdle relay.  She also won the 400m hurdles in 2005. Fowler's teams have also captured 12 other Drake Relays titles in her time as Alabama's women's track and field coach.

Fowler also has an extensive international coaching career, serving as an assistant coach at the 1990 Goodwill Games and 1993 World Championships in Germany. She returned to the Olympic Games in 2000, not as an athlete but as a coach.  Fowler was also the head coach at the 2005 World Championships in Finland, where the U.S. had one of its best World Championship showings in recent history, and the 2009 Five Nations Match in Scotland.

The Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame was established in 1977 by charter members Bill Easton (Drake & Kansas), Leo Johnson (Illinois), Clyde Littlefield (Texas), Tom E. Jones (Wisconsin), Harry Gill (Illinois), and John L. Griffith. Glance and Fowler will be the 78th and 79th honorees to be inducted.

Both Glance and Fowler will be enshrined in the Drake Relays Hall of Fame on April 28, 2011.

INFORMATION SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA ATHLETICS 

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