Jeff Davis High Head Baseball Coach Paul Glass last week was named to the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame, an honor Yellow Jacket baseball fans and players alike will say is well deserved.
Glass has led the JDHS baseball program since 2000, a 20-year run that has produced 413 victories, two state championships, a state runner-up team, four Region 2-AA championships, 13 20-plus win seasons, two 32-win seasons and 18 consecutive appearances in the state playoffs. That streak was cut short this year by the Coronavirus pandemic which ended the 2020 season in March with the Jackets posting a 7-4 record.
Dozens of Yellow Jacket players have gone on to the play at the college level.
Glass’ 2017 team was 32-8 and swept through the playoffs without a loss to win the school’s first state championship. Last year’s team was 32-7 with another state title. All but one of the 2019 players returned for the 2020 season and expectations were high for a repeat of the 2019 championship. But it was not to be.
Glass’ selection to the Hall of Fame is an honor he says is shared with his assistant coaches over the years, primarily longtime assistant Steven Wilcox, and the players who have brought unprecedented, two decades long success to the program.
The last three full seasons were especially exceptional even by Glass’ high standards with 88 wins, two state championships and an advance to the semifinals in 2018.
During his 20-year tenure, his teams have posted 413 wins.
Glass told WTOC News he wouldn’t be in the position without the people around him. He gives credit to the Hazlehurst community, school board, and coaches he’s worked with in the past and present.
He added it’s helped to have some good ball players along the way.
“There isn’t any coach alive that will receive any kind of award or accolade if they didn’t have really, really good players,” he says. “The players that we’ve had at Jeff Davis over the last 20-something years have completely sold out to Jeff Davis baseball. They deserve a huge piece of this award.”
Glass is one of six new members who will be inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club’s Hall of Fame at its annual Coaches Convention Dec. 11 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center.
The Class of 2021 includes Glass, former Dublin head coach Chuck Beale, Allatoona head coach Keith Hansen, former Marist coach and Lovett athletics director Steve Franks, umpire Jack Martin and Starr’s Mill head coach Brent Moseley.
“I was impressed with this group,” said Georgia Dugout Club Executive Director Harvey Cochran. “That’s a good group of guys going in who are well-deserving.”
Beale and Hansen’s induction will make history. Chuck Beale will join his brother Billy, while Keith Hansen will join his brother George as the first sets of brothers inducted into the GDC Hall of Fame.
Jeff Davis High School
During the Glass era
* State runner-up
** Region champs
*** State champs