A Message From AHSAA Comunications Director, Ron Ingram
“I had a chance to visit with one of my favorite heroes, Glenn Daniel of Luverne. The 92-year old coach and World War II vet was the state’s winningest HS coach for many years – finishing his career that spanned from 1947 to 1992 with a 302-169-16 record. In 1991, his next to last season, his team beat Plainview 21-7 in the Class 3A state finals at Luverne’s Glenn Daniel Stadium to win the school’s first state football championship. Ironically, the quarterback on the Plainview team that night was Jeremy Pruitt, the new head coach at the U of Tennessee. His dad Dale Pruitt is the current head coach at Albertville HS. He compiled a 214-94 record in 26 seasons (2 tenures, one for 17 years and one for 9) and is 286-136 and is in his 37th year as a prep head coach (including two years in Georgia).
An incredible leader, Coach Daniel was an integral part of A.G. Parrish HS (Selma)’s fabled 88-game regular season winning streak and played his freshman year in college for Adolph Rupp at Kentucky after he returned from WWII.
He left Kentucky to take over Pine Hill HS (Wilcox County) after his freshman year with a standing invitation to return to UK any time he wanted. He spent the next 47 years as a HS coach. Coach Daniel was 254-135-13 in 38 seasons – and from 1947 – 1967 did not have a chance to participate in the state playoffs. Only 13 of his wins came in the playoffs. He still goes to as many games as he can now – with his grandson usually accompanying him.”