Board Recognizes Coach Glass

The Jeff Davis County Board of Education Monday night recognized JDHS Baseball Coach Paul Glass for achieving his 400th victory in the Yellow Jacket baseball program.
Athletic Director Roger Metts addressed the board, explaining that Glass achieved the milestone in 20 years as a head coach, all at Jeff Davis High School.
He said it had been an honor to have been able to coach with him and it was also an honor that he has child playing for him this year, his son junior shortstop Britt Metts.
Metts added that Glass’ first team at Jeff Davis had a 7-17 record. His teams have made the state playoffs 19 straight years and are averaging over 20 wins a year.
Superintendent Dr. Stan Rentz and Board Chair Roger Ogilvie, whose son Cody Ogilvie was Georgia Class AA Player of the Year in 2017 when the Jackets won their first-ever State Championship in baseball, gave accolades to Glass for his team’s successes and the leadership he gave to his players.
Glass addressed the board saying the award was not an individual award but a team award. He pointed out that Assistant Coach Steven Wilcox had coached with him 15 of his 20 years in Hazlehurst and Coach Metts had been with him since 2004.
He added that the school system had great administrations at all the schools who cooperated with the baseball program.
“You can’t have all that success without all those thing in place,” he said.
Glass added, “I hope you’re never going to be able to criticize us for being lazy. You’ve got to work. The guys in the program have got to work. If they can be that way, we can be successful.”
He closed by saying he appreciated everyone in the school system, the board and Dr. Rentz and he thanked them for all they had done.
Dr. Rentz closed the session on a lighter note, pointing out that when he was named superintendent and this year’s superintendent finalist, Chris Roppe, was named principal at the high school, that was when the team won its first state championship.

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