A graduate of Tooele High School and Brigham Young University, Glen Partridge enjoyed a distinguished high school coaching career highlighted by a state-record seven consecutive state track and field championships at two schools. Glen coached Delta to state titles in 1973 and ’74 and then moved to North Sevier, where his boys teams won championships from ’75-’79. In all, Glen earned 10 state titles and seven second-place finishes while coaching at Delta, North Sevier and Panguitch.
“When I began as an educator in 1970, little did I know there would be so many surprises in store,” Glen said. “I had only wanted to teach in the classroom.” Delta High School’s coaches steered him into athletics. “Thus began a remarkable journey through (Delta) and other schools, while gaining mentors along the way,” he said.
In addition to his credentials as a head coach in boys track, he assisted five state championship teams in girls track at North Sevier. In cross country, his boys or girls teams finished second in the state three times. In wrestling, his North Sevier team was a state runner-up. In football, he coached the Wolves to 16 playoff appearances, including nine semifinal games. And in basketball, he was a head coach or assistant for five state championships and four second-place finishes at Delta, North Sevier and Panguitch. Add it all up, and Glen was involved in 20 state championships, 15 second-place finishes and 35 region titles in various sports at the three schools. He coached more than 250 individual state champions or all-state selections.
Glen’s level of success in such a broad spectrum may be unmatched in Utah coaching history. He’s thankful to so many coaches who have influenced him, or whom he “pestered to glean information,” in his words. In fact, he wrote the names of 38 of them, while observing, “You should learn something new every day.” Just a few of those notable names include Clarence Robison, Wilbur Braithwaite, Jack Bishop, Dean Fowles, Greg Excell, Craig Gladwell, Jim Porter, Clint Barney and one of tonight’s fellow honorees, Danny Hill. Many other coaches themselves undoubtedly learned from Glen. He was named the “Utah Track Coach of the Year” nine times, in three different decades, and was similarly honored in wrestling and football. In retirement, he has assisted with the Panguitch basketball program in a continuing effort to “be a part of something greater than myself,” he said.
Parents of two children, Glen and his wife, Kaelyn, live in Panguitch