Legendary coach volunteers at Midlands high schools for love of the game

Published: Dec. 14, 2010 at 8:54 PM EST
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By Rick Henry - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - From football to basketball, George Glymph is a legendary coach who started his career right here in the Midlands. Even though Glymph is now retired from the NBA, he's still on the sidelines helping high school students.

Glymph is a member of seven halls of fame, and he spent a decade coaching at the highest level in the NBA. He's supposed to be retired now at the age of 69, but Coach Glymph is still in the gym, teaching the game he loves.

Glymph cannot stay away from basketball. "It's hard," he said. "I mean, it's very hard."

So after 32 years as a high school coach and 10 more in the NBA, even in retirement, Glymph is still coaching. He started hanging out at Ridge View High School three years ago to watch his grandson, Trent Dickerson, work out as a ninth grader. "So I started coming over watching practices, then I started helping J.V.," he said. "And when he moved up to varsity, I just moved up with him."

When Ridge View Varsity Coach John Combs noticed he had a hall of fame coach spending time on campus, he didn't waste any time asking Glymph to help out.

"I wanted him," said Combs. "I told him I wanted him around as much as he wanted, and probably wanted him to be here even more than that."

Glymph doesn't have much spare time. He also helps out teams at Eau Claire and Lower Richland High Schools.

"I'm just trying to give back some of the knowledge I've been fortunate to receive," said Glymph. "I'm having a blast, I'm having a great time."

So are the kids who are enjoying having a former NBA assistant coach around to give them pointers.

He knows what it takes to get to the next level," said Cameron Lee. "So that's an advantage, having him around every day. It really helps us out."

"Because of my experience in the NBA, they think I know more maybe than I really do," joked Glymph.

Coach Glymph is truly doing this for the love of the game and the kids. "Strictly volunteer," he laughed. "You know, I get paid NADT: Not A Darn Thing."

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