High School Basketball Coach George Glymph, Columbia, SC dies at 78.

By | December 16, 2021

George Glymph death – passed away: George Glymph, a legendary high school basketball coach of Columbia, South Carolina passed away at the age of 78. He led Eau Claire High to five state titles between 1974 and 1996. On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Eau Claire High School shared the news of his death on Facebook. The post read “The Eau Claire High School Family sends its deepest condolences to the family of Coach George Glymph. Thank you so much Coach Glymph for all you did for the SHAMROCKS. He will truly be missed.”

He is a native of Columbus, South Carolina. In 1961, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and was the starting point guard on the state championship basketball team. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at Benedict College and graduated in 1965. He later earned his Master of Education degree, again with honors from the University of South Carolina.

He became the head basketball coach at Eau Claire where he was named “Coach of the Year” 25 times in basketball, track and field, and cross-country track. His basketball teams at Eau Claire boasted an impressive record of 471-135 with 5 state championships and 1 state runner-up between 1974 and 1996. He coached the Midlands AAU 17 and under basketball teams to 5 state championships, the national runner-up in 1986, and the national championship in 1987. During the 1986-87 school year, Eau Claire became the first team from South Carolina to win the prestigious Beach Ball Tournament. HE has served as head coach for five national high school all-star games.

He has received numerous awards for his coaching abilities. He was named teacher of the year twice. After one year as Director of Player Development for Portland Trailblazers, He moved to the Indiana Pacers in 2000. He is currently Director Pro Player Development and Assistant Coach for the New York Knicks.

He was inducted into the S.C. Black Hall of Fame in 1995; being selected as an Olympic Torchbearer for the 1996 Summer Olympics. He was also inducted in 1999 into the S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame. He was honored with the George Glymph Room in the USC Colonial center in 2001, and also inducted into the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002, and another induction into The Richland School District 1 Hall of Fame in 2006.

George Glymph’s obituary will be organized by the family.