Harvey Glance

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Harvey Glance
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1957-03-28) March 28, 1957 (age 64))[1]
Phenix City, Alabama, USA[2]
Residence Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)[2]
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 meters, 200 meters
College team Auburn Tigers
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m: 10.05 s (Tampa 1985)[1]

Harvey Edward Glance (born March 28, 1957) is a former American track athlete, winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Track and field career

Glance equaled the then 100 m world record of 9.9 twice in 1976: first on April 3 in Columbia and then a month later in Baton Rouge.[3] As an Auburn University student, Glance won the NCAA 100 m championships in 1976 and 1977 and 200 m championships in 1976. In 1976, he also recorded the automatic timings of 10.12 s and 10.11 s that were World Junior Records for 100 m.[4][note 1][note 2]

Glance finished first in the 100m at the 1976 USA Olympic Trials.[5] At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Glance was a disappointing fourth in 100 m.[6] He then ran the opening leg in the gold medal winning American 4x100 m relay team.[7] At the 1979 Pan American Games, Glance was second in 100 m and won the gold medal as a member of American 4x100 m relay team.[8] He was also second in 4x100 m relay at the 1979 Athletics World Cup. Glance was also in line to replace James Sanford in the individual 100 m race if Sanford had not recovered in time from a muscle injury.[9]

Glance again qualified for the team for the Olympic team for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, finishing second in the 100m.[5] However, due the boycott, he didn't compete at the Olympics but competed in the Olympic Boycott Games instead winning a silver and gold medal. He also won the gold medal at the 1985 Athletics World Cup, 1987 Pan American Games and 1987 World Championships as a member of the American 4x100 m relay teams.

Track Coach Career

He worked first as assistant coach at Auburn University (1990–91) and then became their head coach.[10]

In 1997, he became head coach at the University of Alabama.[11] Whilst there, he established the 'Crimson Tide' as one of the USA's best college teams, and was able to attract many top athletes to the university including Kirani James (World 400 m Champion in 2011 and Olympic 400m champion in the London 2012 Summer Olympics).[12][13]

At the national level, Glance assumed the following roles:

  • 1994 - World Junior Team in Lisbon, Portugal;[10]
  • 1997 - World University Games in Sicily, Italy;[10]
  • 1999 - Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada;[10]
  • 2003 - assistant coach for Team USA at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France;[10]
  • 2006 - World junior Team in Beijing, China;[10]
  • 2008 - assistant coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games;[10]
  • 2009 - head men's coach for Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.[10]

In recognition of his achievements, in 1996 he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and, most notably, he received in 2008 the Congressional Gold Medal of Freedom.[10][14]

In April 2011, Glance announced he was to retire from his role at Alabama at the end of the season.[12][15]

Since retiring, Glance has continued to work as the personal coach of Kirani James, assisting in his rise to become Olympic champion.[16][17]

Personal life

Glance was born in Phenix City, Alabama, the son of Mr and Mrs Wheller Glance.[18]

Glance was educated at Central High School in Phenix City. There he was mentored in track by his high school drivers’ education teacher, Joe Henderson, who had recognised Glance's special talent.

After high school, he earned a degree in Health & Human Performance at Auburn University.[10]

Glance always recognized his potential as a coach and volunteered to work as one in Arizona whilst still an athlete.[12]

Always aware of the importance of public relations and civic responsibility, Glance was a regular visitor as a student to a veterans hospital and was selected as one of five student-athletes from the 1976 Olympics team to be invited to an NCAA Honors Luncheon with the President of the United States.[18] His coach, the well-renowned Mel Rosen, was proud to state "Harvey's what I call world-class - as an athlete and as a man."[18]


Glance was ranked among the best in the USA and the world in both the 100 and 200 m sprint events over the incredible spread of 12 seasons from 1976 to 1987, according to the votes of the experts of Track and Field News.[19][20][21][22]


  1. Junior athletes are those athletes who are 18 or 19 years of age on the 31st December of the year of competition.
  2. Automatic timings only were official from 1 January 1977.


  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=g/athcode=138782/index.html IAAF, Athletes Biographies
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/gl/harvey-glance-1.html sportsreference.com, Harvey Glance
  3. http://digilander.libero.it/Mennea/Stagionali/WRL/1976/100.htm 1976 Year rankings by Time for 100 m
  4. Progression of IAAF World Records 2011 Edition, Editor Imre Matrahazi, IAAF Athletics, p 428.
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.usatf.org/statistics/champions/OlympicTrials/HistoryOfTheOlympicTrials.pdf The History of the United States Olympic Trials - Track & Field, R Hymans, USA Track & Field, 2008
  6. 1976 Montreal Olympic 100m final on YouTube
  7. 1976 Montreal Olympic 4x100m final on YouTube
  8. http://newspaperarchive.com/galveston-daily-news/1979-07-16/page-28 "US planning to leave Pan Am games in style", Galveston Daily News, July 16, 1979.
  9. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1095300/index.htm Sports Illustrated, Kenny Moore, September 3, 1979.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 http://ashof.org/index.php?src=directory&view=company&srctype=detail&refno=265&category=Track Alabama Sports Hall of Fame - Harvey Glance
  11. <http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-xc/mtt/glance_harvey00.html University of Alabama Crimson Tide - Harvey Glance.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 http://cw.ua.edu/2011/04/19/coach-crosses-finish-line-in-career/, 'Coach crosses finish line.', Tony Tsoukalas, The Crimson White, Tuscaloosa Alabama, 19 April 2011.
  13. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/alab/sports/m-track/auto_pdf/05-media-guide-12-17.pdf Alabama Men's Track 2005
  14. http://www.godrakebulldogs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=15700&ATCLID=205102945 'Four to be inducted into Drake Relays Hall of Fame'. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  15. http://blog.al.com/bamabeat/2010/05/veteran_ua_track_coach_harvey.html Veteran UA track coach Harvey Glance to resign after next season, Gentry Estes, Mobile Press-Register, May 24, 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  16. "King James rules on the track! Grenadian teen powers to 400m glory", Daily Mail, 7 August 2012.
  17. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/08/08/uk-oly-athl-atm400-day12-grenada-idUKBRE8771B320120808 "Athletics: Grenada's James misses mum's cooking", Daniel Bases, Reuters, 8 August 2012.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1891&dat=19780513&id=V6cfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TtYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1521,2059746 "Harvey Glance: the name means speed in track", Mel Pulliam, Gadsden Times, May 13, 1978.
  19. "World Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "World Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
United States Ronnie Ray Smith
Men's World Junior Record Holder, 100 metres
20 June 1976 – 30 July 1978
Succeeded by
United States Mel Lattany