Honoring a local legend

Published 1:16 pm Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Legendary Luverne head football coach Glenn Daniel can add one more thing to his lengthy resume — a biography.

Former Luverne resident Stephen Coleman, who played for Daniel in the early ‘60s, penned the book, which was unveiled with a reception last Friday at the Luverne Public Library.

The idea for the book started at a 1987 reunion featuring former players.

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“I was so impressed by the event that I thought it should be put in a book,” Coleman said. “I made an off-handed comment about it, but then I followed through and did it.”

Coleman, who works as a medical doctor in Fairhope, said it took a while to gather the information for the book and get it written.

“It’s tough when you have another job,” he said.

The library was packed full of former players, friends and family members during the event.

Daniel gave credit for his accomplishments to his players and to the community.

“Good boys make good coaches,” he said. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.”

“I don’t know of a better place to raise kids.”

Over the course of his career, Daniel amassed 302 wins, making him the winningest high school football coach in Alabama history.

He coached at Luverne from 1955 to 1992, and players from both of those teams and many of the teams in between were in attendance.

Despite all the attention, Daniel joked that it hasn’t gone to his head.

He said his wife made sure of that after reading a portion of the first part of the book.

“She told me, ‘I’ve never read anything as boring in my life,’” Daniel laughed.

Copies of the book aren’t yet available due to a printing delay, but they should be out in a few weeks.

Anyone wanting to reserve a copy can call the Luverne Public Library at 335-5326.